Cheap flights to the Gold Coast
What to know before you fly to Gold Coast?
With flights to the Gold Coast available daily from different capital cities, anytime is a good time to make the trip. Gold Coast Airport is located at Coolangatta, at the southern end of the Gold Coast. This means when you fly in to the Gold Coast, you’re just as well placed to visit Byron Bay – about an hour’s drive to the south – as well as the sparkling Gold Coast itself. You could take a morning dip then shop in the afternoon before watching an evening show. Perhaps you’d rather explore the rainforests and wildlife reserves the whole day. You might even learn to surf or spend several fun hours at an amusement park, the limit to your Gold Coast holiday is time. There’s something for everyone to do, so lock in those cheap flights to the Gold Coast and get planning!
How long does it take to fly to the Gold Coast?
Sydney to Gold Coast – 1h 20m
Melbourne to Gold Coast – 2h 0m
Adelaide to Gold Coast – 2h 20m
Perth to Gold Coast – 4h 30m
Hobart to Gold Coast – 2h 30m
Note: flight times should be used as a guide only
What airports are at the Gold Coast?
Gold Coast Airport is officially located at Bilinga, at the very southern tip of the Gold Coast. Not many people have heard of the beachy strip of Bilinga, however, and most locals would probably say that the airport is at the larger and more well-known hub of Coolangatta. (The Gold Coast Airport code is OOL, after all.) From the airport, you can take the SkyBus to the Gold Coast’s other popular destinations, and buses, trains and trams are also available. If you’re travelling to Brisbane, a number of private operators run transfer services.
Gold Coast Airport transfers
The best way to get from Gold Coast Airport to your accommodation depends on what suits you most, and ranges from budget options like public transport, all the way up to the ultimate in service: the limousine transfer. No matter what you prefer, there are plenty of user-friendly options thanks to all the infrastructure that was put in place for the XXI Commonwealth Games in 2018. Read more about all the ways to get to and from Gold Coast Airport (OOL).
Which airlines fly frequently to the Gold Coast?
Virgin Australia – Boeing 737
Jetstar – Airbus A320
Qantas – Boeing 737
Tigerair – Airbus A320
What do you need to know before you fly to the Gold Coast?
As Queensland's top holiday destination, you’ll find plenty of things to do on the Gold Coast. If you’re staying for more than a weekend, it's wise to purchase a Translink Go card, which is a smart card that you can use on buses, trams and trains all around South East Queensland. Around the city you’ll find wildlife sanctuaries, world-class shopping centres, casinos, and plenty of other entertainment options. From getting up close and personal with a koala to plummeting down an exhilarating waterslide, you’re sure to collect plenty of unforgettable travel memories thanks to those flights to the Gold Coast.
In terms of weather, the Gold Coast leaves little to complain about, with around 300 days of sunshine a year. The dining and cafe scene is also a stand-out feature of this region, so if you’re keen to find a cafe or bar once you’ve stepped off your Gold Coast flight, rest assured you won’t have to search for long.
Find out more in our Gold Coast travel guide
Things to do when you get to the Gold Coast
Where to eat?
There’s an ever-growing list of must-do options if you’re wondering where to eat on the Gold Coast. For an affordable but tasty and filling meal between swimming sessions, you can’t beat lunch at one of the Surf Life Saving Clubs. If you’re looking for spectacular views to go with fine-dining courses, make reservations at a high-altitude venue like the Four Winds Revolving Restaurant or the Q1’s Seventy7 Café & Bar.
Where to shop?
For anyone in need of retail therapy, shopping centres rank high on the list of Gold Coast attractions. Wander around world-class complexes like Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre to check out the local and international brands. There are also small boutiques and weekend markets where you’ll find fantastic bargains and unique souvenirs.
What to see?
So what else can you see on the Gold Coast apart from beautiful beaches? Well, the region's hinterland boasts rainforests, wildlife sanctuaries, and waterfalls. There are also theme parks, small museums, parks, and squares in different suburbs of the Gold Coast. The options are virtually endless, so don’t underestimate how much time you’ll need to properly enjoy your holiday!
Because of its long coastline, the Gold Coast has a lot of beaches that offer various experiences. If you’re looking for some good surfing, visit Coolangatta and Burleigh. If you want to do some dog-watching, check out The Spit at the northern end of Main Beach. You can also soak up the sun and the sea at Palm Beach and Surfers Paradise.
Read more things to do in Gold Coast.