Most international flights enter Gold Coast Airport via Brisbane or Sydney. Other domestic flight links include Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns.
The Gold Coast is an hour’s drive south of Brisbane and around eight hours north of Sydney. Good highways link the city to the Queensland and New South Wales capitals.
Although it’s a city, the Gold Coast is spread over 42km of coastline and a car is fairly essential for exploring the region, especially if you intend checking out the hinterland.
Surfside Buslines are the major carrier with good links and frequent services along the coast. Penetrating inland tends to be more difficult and expensive. Regular services also run from Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise to the theme parks.
By bike or foot
Pedal power or pounding the pavement are good ways to soak up the majesty of the coastline, where foot and cycle paths abound. Hiking in the hinterland is also recommended, with some challenging trails for day and overnight trekking.
There are loads of taxis and picking up a cab is never difficult, except on New Year’s Eve and other major occasions. Expect to pay about $20 for a 5km journey.