Gold Coast Travel Information

Gold Coast Travel Information and Quick Facts

Gold Coast travel information - what you need to know about the Gold Coast Australia
Q1 in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Planning to travel to Gold Coast? Need to know the facts? Here's the need to know information.

An easy to read guide to Gold Coast travel information with useful local information to help you plan your travel to the Gold Coast.

Much of this information is also relevant for travel to Australia from overseas.

In the quick links below you will find the information is listed alphabetically. Use the links to jump to the sections of interest.

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Alternatively, you can read through the main section. It is laid out in a way that I think is logical, to guide you through step by step. I hope it makes sense!

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General Info for Gold Coast Travel

Gold Coast Travel Transport & Mobility


Gold Coast Travel Medical Information


Australian Government Information

Gold Coast Travel Quick Reference Guide

Language

English (Australian)

Population

Approx. 540,000. Census data is collected every 4 years with next one due in 2015. Estimates are made and updated every year.

Location

East Coast Australia, Southern Hemisphere

South East Queensland

Latitude: 28° 0' 0 S, Longitude: 153° 25' 60 E

Time Zone

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): GMT +10 hours

Queensland does not observe daylight savings.

NSW observes daylight savings from 1st Sunday in October to the 1st Sunday in April. Clocks move forward 1 hour in October and are moved back 1 hour in April. NSW Daylight savings projected dates.

Seasons

Summer - December to February
Autumn - March to May
Winter - June to August
Spring - September to November

250 to 300 days of sunshine per year. Seasons tend to merge during the cross over months. Weather is also relative to where you are coming from. You need to consider the season, temperature and humidity of your departure point relative to Gold Coast, when planning your Gold Coast travel.

These weather considerations will help you work out what to pack for your visit.

Warmer months September through to May.
Cooler months June, July & August.

Weather

Average Summer Temperatures: 19 to 29 Celcius 
(66 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit)

Average Winter Temperatures: 9 to 21 degrees Celcius  (48 to 69 degeres Fahrenheit)

Gold Coast Weather information

Current weather

Currency and Money Matters

Australian Dollar (AUD) Symbol $ or A$

$1 = 100 cents

Coins: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2

Notes: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

Currency conversion information.

Travellers Cheques (checks) can be exchanged at banks and Bureau de Change.

General Banking hours:
Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 4pm,
Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm

ATMs available 24 hours various locations

Major credit cards accepted - Visa, Mastercard, Diners Card and American Express. Check each establishment for exact methods of payment allowed and any charges or surcharges payable.

Weights and Measures

Metric (weights in kilograms, distances in kilometres)

Telephone

Limited Public Phones and international dial cards available.

Mobile/Cell: 3G & 4G

Country Code: +61

Emergency #
Police Fire Ambulance

Fixed lines: Dial 000
Mobile/Cell phones: Dial 112

Electrical Plug

Australian electrical socket fits plugs with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade.
Australian Electrical Socket

220-240V 50Hz

Australian plugs have two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade.

Universal 110V shaver sockets in most accommodation.

Airports

If you are flying to the Gold Coast travel by air needs a bit of planning. There are two main airports that can be used, each has advantages and disadvantages.

Gold Coast Airport - Bilinga, Qld
(also known as Coolangatta Airport - domestic and limited international flights)
Code: OOL
Distance to Surfers Paradise: 22.5kms
Information about transfers from Gold Coast Airport to Gold Coast accommodation.


Brisbane Domestic and International Airport
Full international airport
Code: BNE
Distance to Surfers Paradise: 81 kms
Information about Brisbane Airport transfers to Gold Coast accommodation.

Rail

Gold Coast travel by rail is mainly to and from Brisbane and through to Brisbane Airport. Eventually, a light rail system is planned to connect the coastal areas, but until then the only railway stations are all inland with bus connections.

Main line to Brisbane (QR CityTrain) and Brisbane Airport (AirTrain Connect). AirTrain only runs during the day from approx 4am to 10pm check times - as they vary on weekends and depending on direction (to or from the airport). AirTrain Connect offers a door to door service with chauffeured pick up at Gold Coast stations to Gold Coast hotels and accommodation.

Gold Coast stations at Coomera, HelensvaleNerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes.

Bus Connections:
Nerang Station to Carrara, Broadbeach, Jupiters Casino (now known as The Star Gold Coast) and Surfers Paradise

Robina Station to Burleigh, Palm Beach, Currumbin, Coolangatta, Tweed Heads and Kingscliff.

Driving

Drive on the left hand side of road, in right hand drive cars. 

Residential speed limit is 50kmh. Near schools limits drop to 40kmh at certain times. Watch for signs.

Highways are 100 to 110kmh as per speed limit signs.

Seat belts are mandatory. Children must be restrained in suitable child seat, age and weight appropriate.

Strict drink driving laws apply. You can still enjoy your holiday but catch a taxi, hire a limo, walk or take the bus! 

Driving whilst using mobile phone is illegal.

To hire a car you will need a current drivers licence or international licence.

Note: Driving rules are more comprehensive than those shown here, these are some of the major ones. You should ensure you understand the road rules before driving in Australia. There are also differences in road rules between the Australian states.If you plan to drive make sure you understand these before making your Gold Coast travel arrangements.

Disability Access

Many facilities, accommodation and tours have some wheelchair and disability access.

Check with the individual locations for more information.

The Gold Coast City Council has a basic database of wheelchair access information.

Medical Facilities

There are many medical facilities around the Gold Coast including doctors, dentists, specialists, chemists, public and private hospitals.

The Gold Coast Doctors Medical Directory enables you to pinpoint an appropriate medical service or facility by type, location or name.

Medical and Travel insurance are highly recommended for travel in and to Australia. Medical treatments in Australia are on a user pays basis.

Alcohol

Legal drinking age is 18 and over.

ID is required to prove age.

Alcohol is only sold in licensed liquor outlets (bottle shops, pubs and hotels).

Alcohol is not sold in supermarkets.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in indoor public places.

Cigarettes are only available for purchase to 18 year olds and over.

Post Offices

Australia Post is the postal service carrier.

Australia Post can be found in most major centres.

Red post boxes are for general post, whilst the yellow post boxes are for the Express Post and Premium services as indicated on the boxes.

Australia Post outlets are generally open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday  with some open 9am to 12pm Saturdays.

Religion and Worship Venues

Australia is multicultural and there are many religions represented.

Temples, mosques, synagogues, prayer rooms and Christian churches can be found across the Gold Coast.

Some restaurants and attraction venues also cater for dietary requirements including halal and kosher.

Some restaurants in the key tourist areas add halal menus during the months of July and August.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory, but to some extent is expected within the Gold Coast travel industry and in Australia in general.

However, if you get good service then tipping 10 to 15% of the bill would be appropriate.

I once heard TIP described as : To Insure Perfection!

So I guess if you are looking for a great service why not try tipping beforehand and letting them know what your expectations are!

It's not a guarantee, but the theory is they will be wondering what you might give them afterwards and so will bend over backwards to give them what you want!

Some restaurants charge a surcharge on Public holidays - this will be noted on the menu and often on the counter near the cash register.

Australian Visas

Every traveller to Australia except (Australian and New Zealand Citizens with passports) require some kind of Australian travel visa.

Certain visitors are eligible for Electronic Visas or ETA's.

More information about Australian Visas

Customs, Quarantine and Duty Free Shopping

Australia has limits on imports and exports of certain items. Please check the Australian Customs website for more detailed information.

Some general areas to consider are:

  • Customs declarations need to be made on entry to and exit of Australia.

  • Quarantine declarations are also made at point of entry.

  • If travelling from a Yellow Fever infected zone such as Africa or South America you may be required to have had vaccinations. Check this information.

  • Some heritage items may be protected against export so check before you buy.

  • There are duty-free limits on imports.

  • Permits are required for commercial goods.

  • Medications - make sure you bring a letter or prescription from your doctor and declare through customs.

Bo

Official Australian Border information including what you can bring in and any procedures.

Taxes

There is a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% payable on most goods and services. Travellers from overseas may be eligbile for a GST refund on departure through customs.

Tourist GST Refund Scheme



 

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