Your guide to Gold Coast Airport
Everything you need to know about flying to and from Gold Coast Airport with Jetstar.
- November 2019
- Updated February 2023
Driving and parking at Gold Coast Airport
Gold Coast Airport Parking is open 24 hours a day and is right next to the airport. Park your car, get your bags and step straight into the terminal. Book your parking online in advance for the best deal. There are clearly marked accessible parking bays in all airport carparks.
Translink operates a couple of bus services to and from Gold Coast 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.
There is a taxi rank outside the domestic arrivals area, and a ride share pick-up point outside the departures area.
Where to check in
You can’t miss the check-in counters and kiosks at Gold Coast Airport – they’re on the ground floor, directly in front of the central entrance. You can save time by checking in online from 48 hours before your domestic flight (online check in closes 35 minutes before your flight), then scan the code on your mobile at the kiosk to print out your baggage tag(s). Once you’ve dropped your bags off, head to security screening, next to the check-in area. If you’re flying international, you’ll go through security first, then on through to outbound immigration screening.
Getting to your gate
Gold Coast Airport has undergone an expansion, and the terminal now has three levels. Domestic departures generally leave from gates on the ground floor. After security screening, international travellers should cross the departure lounge to the southern end of the terminal, into the international terminal building. If you’re unsure where you need to go, look for the Airport Ambassadors in their bright blue shirts and they’ll help you.
Gold Coast Airport has a series of accessibility measures in place for passengers and visitors with a disability. From accessible parking spots and toilets to a comprehensive hidden disabilities program and their wonderful AmbassaPAW therapy dogs, the airport is well equipped. For detailed information, check out the accessibility section of the airport’s website.
Shopping and dining at Gold Coast Airport
Once you’ve checked in, it’s time to relax, have a 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 bar snack at Blackstone Bar and Café. (If you’re flying internationally, Wollumbin Café and Bar has got you covered.) You’ll also find a pharmacy, newsagent and convenience store in the terminal, along with boutiques and a digital travel accessories store, for any last-minute purchases.
Other 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, those famous Gold Coast waters are within easy reach. Stash your baggage 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, just a few minutes down the road. If you don’t have enough time for a dip, the Coast Bar is an al fresco bar at the front of the airport, perfect for soaking up some sunny vibes.
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 and if you’re 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! Gary is on duty on Tuesday mornings. On Wednesday mornings, his canine colleague Quincy takes over.