Getting there & around
The Gold Coast airport is based in Coolangatta and is serviced by Qantas (13 13 13), Virgin Blue (13 67 89) and Jetstar (13 15 38).
The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle (1300 655 655, 5574 5111; www.gcshuttle.com.au; one way per adult/child/family $17/9/43) will meet your flight and drop you at most Gold Coast accommodation.
Citytrain services link Brisbane to Helensvale station ($8.10, one hour), Nerang station ($9, 70 minutes) and Robina station ($10.60, 75 minutes) roughly every half hour. Surfside Buslines (13 12 30, 5571 6555; www.surfside.com.au) runs regular shuttles from the train stations down to Surfers ($3 to $4) and beyond, and to the theme parks. You can buy individual fares or get an Ezy Pass ($12) for a day’s unlimited travel, or a weekly pass ($45).
Coachtrans (1300 664 700, 3358 9700; www.coachtrans.com.au) runs transfers between Brisbane airport and most Gold Coast accommodation (one way adult/child $35/18). It also offers the Gold Coast Super Pass, which includes return airport transfers, unlimited coach transfers between Gold Coast accommodation and theme parks, and unlimited use of the Surfside bus network (three-day adult/child $107/54).