Your guide to Gold Coast Airport

Flying into Gold Coast Airport? Check out these handy tips about how to get there, what's available and how to get to your hotel.

The front of Gold Coast Airport
  • Jetstar
  • November 2019

Where is Gold Coast Airport?

You’ll find Gold Coast Airport on Eastern Avenue in Bilinga, Queensland. It’s 2.5kms from Coolangatta and 24kms from Surfers Paradise. Gold Coast Airport is open from 4:30am to 11pm.

Gold Coast Airport Parking is open 24 hours a day and it is super close to the airport – like, it’s right there. Park your car, get your bags and step straight into the terminal. Book your parking online in advance for the best deal.

People walking through the main terminal of Gold Coast Airport
Gold Coast Airport’s main terminal.

How to get to Gold Coast Airport

There’s plenty of parking at Gold Coast Airport, so driving there is one easy option for shorter trips. You can also catch a local cab or a ride share. Other alternatives are the SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle that travels between the airport and many popular Gold Coast tourist spots. (If you’re coming from Byron Bay, there’s a Byron Express Skybus service.)

For public transport, Translink operates routes 777 and 760 to the airport. Catch route 777 from the Broadbeach South tram station (the G:link from Surfers Paradise or Southport stops here.) The 760 runs from Varsity Lakes Train Station to the airport.

A Jetstar plane in the sky, flying into Gold Coast Airport on a sunny day.
Approaching Gold Coast Airport.

Where to check in

Gold Coast Airport is fairly small and all on one level, so you really can’t lose your way! (If you’re unsure where you need to go, look for the Airport Ambassadors in their bright blue shirts and they’ll help you.) Check-in counters and kiosks are directly in front of the central entrance. Check in, drop your bags off and head through security. If you’re flying international, you’ll go through security first, then on through to outbound immigration screening.

Getting to your gate

All the domestic departure gates are across the back of the terminal building, so all you need to do is keep an eye on the Flight Information screens while you enjoy a bite to eat. They’re right there.

Where to eat at Gold Coast Airport

Once you’ve checked in, you can relax, get some coffee, maybe do a little shopping… If you’re hungry, there’s a decent range of dining options, from sushi to salads to classic fast food, or you can get a refreshing beer and a bar snack at Blackstone Bar and Café. (If you’re flying international, eat up before you go through immigration as there aren’t many options on the other side.) You’ll also find a pharmacy, newsagent and convenience store in the terminal, along with gift stores and boutiques, for any last minute purchases.

Passengers moving throughout the main terminal of Gold Coast Airport
Gold Coast Airport tarmac.

Things to do at Gold Coast Airport

If you’re lucky, you might catch some pop-up live entertainment from one of the area’s arts festivals. Otherwise, if you’ve got time between flights, how can you resist a dive into those famous Gold Coast waters? Stash your luggage in the lockers located in the short term car park and head across to Kirra Beach (it’s about a kilometre away), or hop in a cab to Coolangatta, which is just a few minutes down the road. If you don’t have that much time, the Coast Bar is an al fresco bar at the front of the airport, so at least you can soak up some sunny vibes.

An aerial view of Kirra and Coolangatta beaches on a sunny day
Kirra and Coolangatta Beaches.

Our top Gold Coast Airport tips

Time it right!
Gold Coast Airport is just on the Queensland side of the Queensland and New South Wales border, so it operates on Eastern Standard Time (Queensland time). Keep that in mind when you’re flying in from other states during Daylight Savings time and booking connecting transport for Gold Coast Airport arrivals.

Calm your nerves
If you’re a nervous flyer or need some emotional support, seek out some fluffy therapy from Gary, Gold Coast Airport’s Labrador-cross AmbassaPAW!

Save on bus fare
If you’re booking the SkyBus, kids travel free on Family Fares – up to four kids can travel with one adult for no additional cost!

Get your work done
If you’re travelling on business, Gold Coast Airport has fast, free Wi-Fi. There’s also a Qantas Club with more business facilities.