Getting to the Gold Coast

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Here’s our detailed guide on how to get to the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia. You can easily fly, drive, catch a bus or train to the Gold Coast, here’s a guide to those options:

Here are the kilometers and travel time estimates between the major cities with a link to route maps.

Gold Coast to Kms Driving Time Route Map
Melbourne 1840 21 hours map
Sydney 850 10 hours map
Brisbane 80 1 hour 20 minutes map
Canberra 1251 15 hrs map
Adelaide 2100 24 hours map
Darwin 3500 41 hours map
Perth 4600 48 hours map


You can fly into Gold Coast Airport from most major Australian airports and some International airports. Airlines servicing Gold Coast airport include Air Asia, Tiger Airways, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue, AirNorth and Air New Zealand. The Gold Coast airport is located at the northern end of Coolangatta (a suburb of the Gold Coast). More about Gold Coast Airport & Airlines » and Gold Coast Airport Transfers »

Brisbane Airport ( is serviced by all major Australian domestic airlines and most major international airlines. The airport is located approx 80 mins by car and 90 mins by train. For airport transfers see Gold Coast/Brisbane airport transfers » and for train see Airtrain. Also see our guide for getting from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

See the accommodation page which lists where to find flight + accommodation packages


The only train that runs direct to the Gold Coast is from Brisbane. For example, if you are coming from Melbourne you can get on a train to Sydney, then on another train from Sydney to Casino, then a bus from Casino to Surfers Paradise – Gold Coast. Or, catch a train from Sydney to Roma St Station in Brisbane and then catch a train from there to the Gold Coast. See CountryLink which has a journey planner.

If your coming from northern Queensland (ie. Noosa, Cairns, Rockhampton etc.) catch the Tilt Train (Queensland Rail) to Roma St Station in Brisbane, and then a train from there to the Gold Coast (Translink). If you are going to be using public transport in South East Queensland then get an SEEQ card, it’s prepaid and makes traveling a breeze.

There are five stations (all on the same line) being Coomera, Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes Station. Nerang Station is the closest to Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. More info on Gold Coast public transport.


There are many long-distance bus services that come to the Gold Coast from Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane including MurraysPremier, and Greyhound.

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