Gold Coast – The Australian Traveller Guide

Gold Coast – The Australian Traveller Guide

The GC” is Australia’s original holiday mecca. Its worldwide popularity generates huge numbers of travellers, holiday makers, youngsters ready to party and even nature lovers who make for the fantastic Lamington National Park in the hinterland. The GC worlds are a huge part of any family itinerary. As is a day trip to the barefoot hippie executive retreat of Byron Bay. 

Gold Coast Accommodation
The accommodation options are more expensive the further north you stay, so places like Main Beach and Broadbeach are the more pricey places while the sedate Burleigh Heads is a good middle of the road option down to less expensive Coolangatta. For the campers, South Stradbroke Island is a chilled oasis not far from the busy Gold Coast. 

When to Travel
Most times of the year the Gold Coast is pleasant. Peak season is the Christmas holidays but only in the depths of winter, June to August would it be chilly.  

Avoid travelling to the Gold Coast during the schoolies held usually during the second two weeks of November. It’s a time when all the school leavers go crazy on the GC and is better left to the 18 year olds learnign how to drink andparty. If you can;t avoid it, head south towards Burleigh Heads. This beautiful eastcoast spot is home to almost half a million people and is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia; it’s also less than an hour from Brisbane by car.

 

Transport:
Gold Coast International Airport at Coolangatta is 25kms south of Surfers Paradise and serviced by AirAsia X, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Jetstar, Tiger and Virgin. 

A free Airport Link shuttle provides transfers to the highway where you can catch a local Surfside Buslines service (13 12 30) or the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle offers hotel drop off ($21 one way, 1300 655 655). Major car rental companies are well represented at the airport and most have offices in Surfers Paradise. Daily bus connections to the Gold Coast are available from the Brisbane Transit Centre (from $20 one way, 1300 473 946) or Citytrain services depart Brisbane for Robina station where Surfside Buslines provide transport to the Coast. Taxi fares can vary enormously due to traffic and the spread out nature of the Gold Coast (13 10 08). Consider hiring a car or your credit card may have to brace itself.