Virgin Australia operates flights to the Gold Coast every day, from most state capital cities, including Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Gold Coast Airport Information
Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta Airport) is located in Bilinga, 25km south of Surfers Paradise, 100km south of Brisbane, and just 4km north of Tweed Heads. The airport can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Taxi: Taxis are available directly outside the terminal.
- Private Chauffeur Service: Enjoy chauffeur service and private sedan transfers thanks to our partner Brunel.
- Rail: Frequent trains run from Brisbane Central to Varsity Lakes (the Gold Coast southern-most train stop). Connections to Gold Coast Airport can be made from Varsity Lakes via Surfside Bus number: 761.
- Bus: Buses to/from various Gold Coast suburbs pick up and drop off at the airport, outside the terminal directly in front of the Domestic Arrivals/baggage collection area. Others stop along Golden Four Drive, opposite the airport.
Gold Coast Domestic and International airports are connected.
Things to do on the Gold Coast
Enjoying an idyllic year-round climate, the Gold Coast is Australia’s playground. A sparkling strip of imposing high-rises, sun-drenched beaches, mansion-flanked waterways and world-class entertainment, home to a spectacular range of natural landscapes and an exciting array of attractions. Exuding a stunning contrast of natural and man-made diversity, the Gold Coast can be as scenic and serene, as it is fast-paced and relaxed.
Famous for fun, the Gold Coast hosts an impressive and diverse assortment of things to see and do. Pull on a wetsuit and learn to surf at one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Coolangatta. Experience the Big 7 Thrill Rides on a family day out at Dreamworld. Feel the rush and take in the sights, suspended high in the air, parasailing over Main Beach. Discover “the green behind the gold" with a thrilling and scenic 4WD tour of the Gold Coast hinterland. Or watch the coast’s newest sporting heroes, The Suns, go head-to-head with Australia’s best AFL teams at Metricon Stadium.
The Gold Coast is Australia’s most popular non-state capital shopping destination. Centres, promenades, malls and markets inundate the area’s 70-something suburbs. Surfers Paradise and Marina Mirage are the Coast’s premier shopping precincts – Surfers fosters a high-street atmosphere, while Marina Mirage is Queensland’s most luxurious shopping zone. Broadbeach is also a go-to for retail therapy, boasting Pacific Fair and The Oasis shopping. Robina Town Centre presents a wealth of shopping choices, including the Coast's only David Jones. While Harbour Town is a bargain-hunter’s paradise. A number of suburban markets, in suburbs like Broadbeach, Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise and Carrara, showcase the area’s best locally-produced food, fashion, art and craft.
Due to an enormous demand from interstate and international visitors, the Gold Coast has a diverse and thriving dining scene. At the southern tip of the strip, Coolangatta is a go-to for casual dining. Just north, Burleigh Heads is home to both casual and fine dining restaurants. Broadbeach features one of the Coast’s most on-trend dining scenes. Tourism centre, Surfers Paradise is dotted with multicultural restaurants, seafood and steak houses, fast food chains and fine dining establishments. Main Beach’s Marina Mirage is an upmarket dining precinct. While the true essence of the Coast’s dining scene shines in its numerous surf clubs, like Currumbin Beach, Greenmount Beach, Rainbow Bay, Nobby's Beach, Tugun and Southport.
The Gold Coast’s main tourist hub Surfers Paradise is renowned for having one of Australia’s most vibrant and lively bar and nightclub scenes. The block made up by the Esplanade, Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cavill Avenue hosts most of the area’s activity, with bars and nightclubs spilling into the streets. Broadbeach is hip and trendy, home to cool bars and renowned nightclubs. Surf clubs in suburbs like Currumbin Beach, Greenmount Beach, Rainbow Bay, Nobby's Beach, Tugun and Southport highlight the area’s relaxed drinking culture. While each the Gold Coast’s 70 suburbs, feature their own local pubs.
Gold Coast Holiday Packages
Experience all that the Gold Coast has to offer, our holiday partner Virgin Australia Holidays has a great array of Gold Coast holiday packages. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.