The Gold Coast is served by Coolangatta Airport, which has both domestic and international flights, and is found 25km south of Surfers Paradise.
Buses leave regularly from the airport to Surfers Paradise and join up with the tram network. Some routes also go farther afield to places like Kingscliff and Tweed Heads. For public transport in Queensland, a go card makes trips cheaper, although a go explore card is also available. The go explore card gives unlimited travel in the Gold Coast (as opposed to all of Queensland) for AU$10 a day.
Gold Coast Cabs has a taxi rank outside the terminal. Flat rate fees are in place, with trips to Broadbeach costing AU$55 and to Surfers Paradise AU$65.
Travelling around the Gold Coast
Car hire is available at the airport and driving around the area is a great way to keep your independence. The streets around the popular areas can get busy, and parking is normally quite expensive in these areas. If you're happy to walk a few blocks, you can often find free spots off the main drag.
Although buses do run along the main areas of the Gold Coast (and out farther afield), the quickest and most convenient way to get around is with the G:link tram. The 13km track runs from the Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach, with stops at beaches, the casino and the bus transfer terminal. Tickets for the tram must be bought before boarding and are available at each stop. The tap on/off go card can be used on all public transport in Queensland, so long as it has credit. These can also be topped up at the stations.
What to do in the Gold Coast
One of the biggest attractions of the Gold Coast is its numerous world-class beaches. From the bustling Main Beach and Surfers Paradise to the quieter spots at Mermaid Beach, Miami and Burleigh Heads, there are plenty of options for a relaxing holiday.
There's a lot more to the Gold Coast than its golden coast, though. For families, the theme parks to the north of the area are hugely popular. Choose between Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild and more.
For something a bit different, grab your hiking boots and head inland to Springbrook National Park. Guided tours are available, although trails are well sign posted and waterfalls simple to find.
Animal lovers may prefer Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll be able to see all the Aussie favourites – from wallabies to crocs – and hand feed the tropical birds.
Information for New Zealand travellers
Travellers with a valid New Zealand passport are free to travel around Australia without applying for a visa.
Gold Coast is warmer than New Zealand year round, with summer temperatures averaging close to 30°C. Summers in the Gold Coast tend to be dry, but the winters wetter than Auckland.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June, 2016.