Travelling around the Gold Coast could not be simpler, with great accessibility and connectivity throughout the region. You can reach the city directly by flying into Gold Coast Airport in Bilinga – just 20 kilometres (km) from Surfers Paradise. The airport is extremely well connected with domestic flights from the rest of mainland Australia, and international flights from New Zealand, Asia and further afield. After touching base here, an extensive selection of ground transport awaits to access your onwards destination. Alternatively, Brisbane International Airport (BNE) is just 80km from the city. Hop on board the Brisbane Airtrain as the sole rail service operating between the city and the Gold Coast, which is highly regarded as the preferred method of transport from Brisbane Airport.
For budget-conscious travellers, the best of the Gold Coast is easily explored using public transport. A ‘go explore’ card is a fantastic option for a day of sightseeing, offering unlimited access to bus and tram travel operated by TransLink Gold Coast. This will connect you with all the major attractions, beaches, theme parks, and offers an airport express bus service. If you would prefer to sightsee from the water, there are a host of hop-on-hop-off ferry services for daily tours departing from iconic locations such as Surfers Paradise and HOTA.
Elsewhere, you will find everything from high-end charter boats, to pedicabs and bike rentals. Of course, for ultimate freedom, car hire is another fantastic option – after all, what could be better than cruising down the golden coast at your leisure in a convertible?