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 range of information about accessibility on their website Gold Coast Accessibility Information.
There are many medical facilities around the Gold Coast including doctors, dentists, specialists, chemists, public and private hospitals.
The largest hospital with the latest facilities is the Gold Coast
University Hospital found just inland of Southport, but there are other
options. For more information about services in Gold Coast check out
Queensland Health website.
Medical and Travel insurance are highly recommended for travel in and to
Australia. Medical treatments in Australia are on a user pays basis for most overseas visitors.
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 is not permitted in indoor public places and in many outdoor
public spaces. There are buffer zones outside buildings, so you cannot stand
in the doorway and smoke. You cannot smoke in restaurants and there may be
designated smoking areas where you can smoke.
There are even restrictions on smoking in cars for example it is
prohibited where there are persons under 16 years in the car.
Cigarettes, and other tobacco products are restricted for sale. You
must be 18 years old and over to purchase.
E-cigarettes (also known as personal vapourisers) are generally treated with the
same rules as cigarette smoking.
Australia Post is the postal service carrier.
shops can be found in most major centres. Stamps and pre-paid postage bags
and envelopes may be found in licensed outlets.
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 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.
Obviously, if you are in a self serve establishment without table
service, then tipping is not usual.
I once heard TIP described as : To Insure Perfection!
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!
Most restaurants charge a surcharge on Public holidays - this will be noted on the menu and often on the counter near the cash register.
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.
- Foods including anything you are
bringing in for your children or babies (infant formula
etc) will need to be declared and may not be
allowed in. Make sure you have a back up plan in
case, but check the website below for more details.
Official Australian Border information including what you can bring in and any procedures.
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 goods purchased during their visit on departure through customs.
Tourist GST Refund Scheme