Destination, Activities and Transport
Southern Gold Coast - Pure Gold
Australia's Southern Gold Coast - a magnificent stretch of Queensland's coastline that is as rich in natural treasures as its people are warm and inviting; with an atmosphere that is as peaceful and relaxing as it is inspiring and empowering.
Stretching from Currumbin and Currumbin Valley in the north to Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay in the south, the Southern Gold Coast is one of the most vibrant, abundant, unspoiled destinations in the world. Its sub-tropical climate is perfect for outdoor fun all year round, with plenty of sunshine and average daily temperatures of 19-29°C in Summer and 11-21°C in Winter.
Strategically located on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, the entire Southern Gold Coast region is easily accessible. It is only 30 minutes' drive to Surfers Paradise, an hour and 10 minutes' drive to Brisbane, 40 minutes to Byron Bay and an hour's flight to Sydney.
If you're looking for adventure on the Southern Gold Coast, a raft of fun-filled activities awaits the thrill seeker! Scuba diving, skydiving, surfing, deep sea fishing, whale watching, helicopter and scenic flights are minutes from your doorstep.
If relaxing activities are more your style, there are cycling tracks, bush walks, surf schools, some of the world's prettiest picnic spots and around eight kilometres of white sandy beaches to walk, swim and explore.
Transport and Transfers
Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport
- Daily direct flights from all major Australian Cities
- Direct flights from Singapore
- Daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Daily direct flights from Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
- Daily direct flights from New Zealand
Carriers Servicing Gold Coast
- Air New Zealand
- Scoot Airlines
- Virgin Australia
- Jetstar Airways
- Air Asia
- Tiger Airways
- Air North
Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport's close proximity to the conference venue and accommodation provides visiting delegates with a range of quick, easy and budget-friendly transfer options.
On the ground, the Gold Coast offers a range of transport options at affordable prices. Airport transfers include; private coach, taxi, shuttle bus, limousine, train, car hire or even helicopter.
The Gold Coast has a comprehensive 24 hour public bus service operated by Translink. Translink operates between Coomera in Queensland to Pottsville in northern New South Wales. The Gold Coast Tourist Bus offers transfers between hotels and the Gold Coast Airport and return transfers to attractions. For more information access www.surfside.com.au or translink.com.au.
Airtrain transports passengers to and from Brisbane International and Domestic Airport to four Gold Coast stations; Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes. Airtrain's run every 15 minutes during peak periods. Comprehensive timetables and fare information can be access www.queenslandrail.com.au/ and translink.com.au.
Gold Coast Rapid Transit
From mid 2014, the Gold Coast's one billion dollar light rail system will commence operation. Stage one runs 13 kilometres, from Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach and is designed to provide delegates with seamless connectivity around the Gold Coast key tourism precincts.
Gold Coast Airport
Gold Coast Airport is conveniently located just 2 minutes and 0.5 kilometres from the SCU Gold Coast Campus. On foot it is an easy 10min walk along Terminus Drive, right into Tom Norris Drive and right into Southern Cross Drive.
The recommended hotels selected for the conference are only a short distance from the airport and a taxi is the quickest and easiest means of transport. Dedicated taxi ranks are centrally located at Gold Coast Coolangatta airport's international and domestic terminals.
Gold Coast Cabs Phone: 131 008
To travel from Brisbane Airport take direct train service to Varsity Lakes station and either bus or taxi to Coolangatta, or, hire a car at Brisbane airport and return to Coolangatta airport.