The Gold Coast is approximately 80 km south of Brisbane and 950 kms north of Sydney. Located on the southern tip of Queensland, the city of Gold Coast covers an area of 415 square kilometres just before you cross the state border into New South Whales.
The Gold Coast can be reached by international air travel into Brisbane International Airport (BNE) (Queensland’s primary International Airport) or Gold Coast Airport (OOL).
Brisbane International Airport (BNE)
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, BNE has two major Terminals accommodating 33 airlines flying to 85 domestic and international destinations.
From North America, Qantas
offers direct services from Chicago, San Francisco and LA into Brisbane.
Commencing April 2020 Qantas will operate flights four times per week between Brisbane and Chicago and from February three times per week from San Francisco. These new routes see a total of 14 weekly services between Brisbane and the US, including the daily 787 Brisbane to Los Angeles service that continues to New York.
Virgin Australia also offers daily direct services from LAX to Brisbane.
Gold Coast Airport (OOL)
With over 420 flights per week, Gold Coast Airport located on the southern end of the city is serviced by domestic and international flights. Most services are economy-class, but many also offer business class travel.
Gold Coast Airport welcomes International flights from New Zealand, via Cairns from Japan, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore. Travellers can also transit domestically (eg via Melbourne or Sydney) from Europe and USA.
ONCE YOU ARE IN AUSTRALIA…
Both Gold Coast Airport (OOL) and Brisbane Airport (BNE) service daily domestic flights from across Australia. Into Gold Coast Airport, there are regular daily domestic flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and regular flights to other Australian cities such as Cairns. The trip from Sydney takes around 1 hour 25 minutes, around 2 hours 15 minutes from Melbourne and around 2 hours and 10 minutes from Adelaide. The carriers servicing these domestic routes are Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger Air.
BUS / COACH
There are a number of coach services that pass through the Gold Coast. There are regular services from Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and other major centres. There are bus transit centres in Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise and Southport. Travel time from Brisbane is around 1.5 hours and from Sydney an express coach service takes around 14 hours.
The Gold Coast is connected by rail to Brisbane's Roma Street and Central stations. The closest railway stations servicing the Gold Coast include Nerang, Helensvale and Robina - there are connecting shuttle bus services available from the station to Surfers Paradise and other Gold Coast centres. Airtrain also operate regular rail services from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast which take approximately 90 minutes.
Due to a difference in the gauge of the railway between New South Wales and Queensland there are no Interstate direct rail links to the Gold Coast.
The major route from Sydney to the Gold Coast is via the Pacific Highway. Use the following table to plan your trip and ensure that you "stop, revive, survive" every 2 hours. Most international travellers tend to arrive into Sydney then drive north to Gold Coast and then further north in Queensland (Brisbane, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef).
Gold Coast to:
Distance in Kms
||11hrs & 25 minutes
||22hrs & 10 minutes