Melbourne to Gold Coast flight information

Escaping chilly Melbourne for the year-round, feel-good sunshine of the Gold Coast is a constant temptation that’s hard to resist. And there's plenty of choices, as we operate around six Melbourne to Gold Coast flights a day, from both Melbourne (Tullamarine) and Melbourne (Avalon).

Quick flight facts

Origin Melbourne - Tullamarine (MEL), or
Melbourne - Avalon (AVV)
Destination Gold Coast (OOL)
Flight time 2 hours (MEL)
2 hours 5 minutes (AVV) 
Distance 1,335km (MEL)
1,385km (AVV)

What makes Gold Coast such a great destination?

In just two hours, you can forget your cares and be soaking up the sun on the ‘Goldie’. This perennially popular destination is famed for its spectacular beaches, sprawling theme parks, natural beauty and laidback vibes. It’s ideal for a family break, a surfing getaway, or just to chill out.

The Gold Coast is like a string of pearls – a beautiful coastline dotted with relaxing beach towns. Many have stylish high-rise apartments right by the water, so you can splash out on a glamorous getaway with your friends, especially when you’ve scored a cheap Melbourne to Gold Coast flight with Jetstar.

With great local produce, beachside markets and lush hinterlands to explore, a weekend on the Gold Coast is the perfect antidote to a long Melbourne winter!

A young boy catches a wave on a surfboard
Enjoying the Gold Coast surf and sun!

Airport information for Melbourne to Gold Coast flights

Departing from Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Melbourne Airport is located 23kms from the CBD and you can get there by road in around half an hour, depending on traffic. (The freeway to the airport can get congested at peak hour so allow extra time if you can.) You can get there by taxi, hire car, ride share, some public buses and the express SkyBus, which runs every 10 minutes from Southern Cross Station in the city. Parking is plentiful and there are shuttle buses to get you from the long term car park to your terminal if you choose to drive.

Most Jetstar flights to the Gold Coast depart from Terminal 4. Don’t forget to bring ID and make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to check in plus enough time to walk to your departure gate (5-10 mins).

Departing from Avalon Airport (AVV)

Some Avalon to Gold Coast flights depart from the much smaller Avalon Airport, which is 56kms from the Melbourne CBD and 21kms from Geelong. Access is via road – car, taxi, ride share, some public buses and the SkyBus which runs between Avalon and Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, as well as Geelong and other tourist destinations. Ensure you bring ID and allow yourself plenty of time to check in

Arriving at Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

Once you’ve landed from Melbourne Avalon or Tullamarine, you can be in Surfers Paradise in just over 30 minutes. There are a range of transfer options at the airport, including hire cars, taxis, buses, arranged transfers and Skybus shuttle. If you're heading south, there are also plenty of transport options available. Check out the Gold Coast Airport opens in new window website for more information.

Melbourne and Gold Coast FAQs

What’s the distance between Melbourne and Gold Coast?

It’s 1709 kilometres from Melbourne and Gold Coast. It’s like driving to Sydney – then driving to Sydney again.

How long does a flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast take?

A flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast is a neat two hours. Leave after breakfast and arrive in time for brunch. Boom!

What time do I need to be at the airport if I have checked in online for a Melbourne to Gold Coast flight?

It’s always good to factor in a bit of breathing space, even if you have checked in online. Jetstar’s desk check-in and bag drop closes 30 minutes before departure, so if you’re toting luggage, get to the airport more than half an hour before your flight leaves and aim to be at your gate 25 minutes before take-off.

How early do I have to be at the airport for a Melbourne to Gold Coast flight?

Earlier is always better, considering potential queues and Melbourne’s nutty traffic. Check-in for domestic flights opens two hours before departure, so head to Terminal 4 and allow enough time to check in, drop your bags off, clear security, have that all-important coffee and make your way to your gate (it’s about a 10-minute walk from the central terminal).

What's the best way to travel from Melbourne to Gold Coast?

Sure, you could drive, but do you really want to spend 17 hours straight, watching the fuel gauge and wondering where the next service station is? Or hearing the kids fight in the back seat? Come on, fly up with Jetstar. Just two hours between you and your own tropical paradise.

Melbourne's skyline and the Yarra River
The Gold Coast's iconic skyscrapers along the Main Beach

Flying from somewhere else?

Find cheap flights to Gold Coast from other cities.

What's the weather like in Melbourne compared to Gold Coast?

Weather on the Gold Coast boasts a sub-tropical climate and almost 300 days of sunshine a year – a very far cry from Melbourne’s notoriously changeable weather and cold, windy winters. Temperatures are warm and pleasant almost all year round – summer (Dec-Feb) temperatures are up to the high 20s, with high humidity and occasional tropical storms, while Melbourne can get scorching hot spells. Winter (Jun-Aug) is still sunny, but dry, with cooler nights and shorter days, when the sun sets around 5pm.

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