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Gold Coast

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===By plane===
* The '''Gold Coast Airport''' ({{IATA|OOL}}) [], also known as '''Coolangatta Airport''', is in [[Tweed Heads|Coolangatta]] to the south. It may be unique in the world in that, because it straddles the NSW and Queensland borders, you land in one state and arrive in another.
* The '''Gold Coast Airport''' ({{IATA|OOL}}) It is a fairly small terminal but handles around 3.5 million passengers per year with frequent connections from major Australian cities and some international flights from [[New Zealand]] and [[http://wwwAsia]]]It is NOT a 24hr airport and closes at night, also known as so don'''Coolangatta Airport''', t plan on spending the night before an early morning flight. It is in around 30 minutes drive to [[Tweed Heads|CoolangattaSurfers Paradise]] to the south. It may be unique in There is a shuttle bus connecting the world in that, because it straddles airport to the NSW and Queensland borders, you land in one state main Surfside buses route on Gold Coast Hwy between Tweed Heads and arrive in anotherSurfers Paradise.
It is a fairly small terminal but handles around 3[ million passengers per year with frequent connections from major Australian cities and some international flights au/ Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle] provides transportation from [[New Zealand]] and [[Asia]]. It is around 30 minutes drive Gold Coast Airport to [[Surfers Paradise]]hotels & theme parks throughout the Gold Coast. There is a shuttle bus connecting Customer service desks are in the airport to the main Surfside buses route between Tweed Heads and Surfers Paradiseinternational & domestic terminals.
* A viable alternative, especially if hiring a car, is to fly into [[Brisbane]] Airport ({{IATA|BNE}}). You can catch a direct train from the airport (105 minutes) to '''Nerang''' 8km to the west of Surfers Paradise, and connect with the local buses. Otherwise it is a 90 70 minute drive down the Pacific and Gold Coast Highways.
===By train===
The Gold Coast doesnt suffer from the same congestion as Brisbane, largely because it has several business centres. The morning peak hour is 7 am to 8.30 am, while the afternoon peak is 3.30 pm to 5 pm. Roads to avoid at these times include Bundall Road, Southport-Nerang Road, The Gold Coast Hwy at Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Motorway between Nerang and Palm Beach.
Most car rental dealers are located in the main business district of the suburb, between the Gold Coast Highway and Surfers Paradise Boulevard. The following major car rental companies are available in on the Gold Coast(Surfers Paradise): [ Redspot Sixt], [ Hertz], [ Budget], [ Avis], [ Thrifty], [ Europcar, Hertz]. There are also local car rental companies such as Cut Price Car Rentals, Costless Car Rental, Brian's Auto Centre & East Coast Car Rentals which may also offer competitive pricingyet it would be better to go with the brands providing car hire service worldwide.
While most car rental companies hire to people 25 years of age and over, some all age car rental companies do hire to younger drivers over 18 years of age with an additional surcharge. To avoid delays, check with your car rental provider beforehand if you are under 25.
=== By taxi ===
Expect to wait up to an hour or more for a taxi on busy nights:[ Taxi services]. A taxi fare between the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise costs around $55 and a sedan limousine is about the same. Stretch limousines are another option for groups of more than four with a cost of around $100-$110.
=== By bike ===
105.7 Radio Metro [] has detailed surf reports at 7am, midday and 3pm daily.
* Surfers Paradise has a long stretch of beach, with flags and patrols ever few hundred metres along the beach. You can be sure to find a place to swim, but the beach right opposite Cavill Ave is generally very busy and packed with tourists. Just walk north or south along the beach to find a (slightly) less crowded alternative.
* Broadbeach is about 3km (40 minutes walk, 5 minute drive) south of Surfers Paradise and usually has the same surf conditions as Surfers Paradise. The upside, however, is that it's not that far away and nowhere near as busy as Surfers. Just in from the beach is Kurrawa Park, a shopping centre full of cafes, restaurants, and Jupiters Casino.Be well warned that Broadbeach has the most dangerous rips to be found along the coast on any given day, so don't swim outside the flags, don't swim drunk and don't swim at night!
* North Burleigh is a further 4km down from Broadbeach (over a small hill). It's generally less popular than its bigger brother, Burleigh Heads, but a good place to go if there are winds blowing from the north, as the hill provides a bit of protection. Northerly winds in the afternoon can bring in "stingers", an unpleasant jellyfish, so swimming is not advised.
* Burleigh Heads is only 2km south of North Burleigh and a nice beach with a large park and a hill that is good for picnics. There are cafes surrounding the beach and the hill cover means that this beach is usually pretty nice when the winds are blowing from the south (when Surfers and other beaches will be exposed and horrible).
* Dreamworld: Amusement park, animals. Admission $50 to $80.
* WhiteWater World: Water park with pools, slides. Admission $30 to $50.
* Australian Outback Spectacular: horses and unique Australian lifestyle (dinner provided). Admission $55 to $110. Located right next to Movie world.
* Wet 'n' Wild: Water park with pools, slides, rides. Admission $35 to $60.
* Tropical Fruit World: Fruit plantation orchard, with tour, shows, tasting. Admission Adults $44, Children $25 (ages 4-16), Concession $35, Family Pass $110 (2A+2C) or $120 (2A+3C).
* Go to the top of the Q1 building for stunning views of the entire city, lines of beaches and the Hinterland.
* Watch one of Gold Coast's local professional sports teams: These include the Titans (NRL) with games played in Robina, and the Gold Coast Suns (AFL)
Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild are owned by the same company, so check out one of their combo tickets [] if you're planning on hitting two or more of them.
Surfers Paradise has several shopping centres including the Centro Shopping Plaza (with Woolworths supermarket and numerous souvineer shops) and the Chevron Renaissance (with Coles Supermarkets and fashion shops). Although these cater for most tourist needs, better value for everyday items can generally be found outside Surfers Paradise.
Orchard Avenue, Cavill Avenue and Elkhorn Avenue in Surfers Paradise also has a selection of high-end to mid-range shops and boutiques (Prada, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace Jeans and Collection, UGG Australia and high-end watchmakers, such a Mont Blanc, Rolex and Chopard). Be careful of counterfeit products in Surfers Paradise, such as faux fur, faux leather gloves and bags and fake Louis Vuitton merchandise. Oddly enough the real Louis Vuitton boutique is just next door to the counterfeit shops on Elkhorn Avenue!
Harbor Town Center in Biggeria Waters has a large selection of high-range to low-end shopping including: Hugo Boss Outlet, Coach Outlet, Oroton Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Nike Factory Outlet and more mainstream designers such as Witchery, Sportscraft, Lise Ho and many local bands are located here. There is also a small farmers market across the road that has good restaurants and delis.
Robina Town Centre is a modern shopping mall with shops and eateries to suit everyone.
If there is a local speciality it has to be Mud Crabs, known as muddies, which are great when in season.
Royal Pines Resort in Ashmore has a fine selection of high-end to mid-range restaurants (High-end fine dining at Vediere, fine dining Japanese and Teppanyaki at Arakawa Restaurant, traditional Italian at Trattoria Amici, Mid-range buffet dining at Kalinda, sumptuous breakfast and lunch at Tees Restaurant and the hotel also has a a selection of Bars and lounges). Ashmore is about ten minutes drive from Surfers Paradise and is close to many different suburbs.
*<eat name="Deja View Restaurant" alt="Outrigger Surfers Paradise" address="Level 2, View Avenue, Surfers Paradise" directions="Level 2 of the Outrigger Hotel" phone="+61755791087" url="" hours="0630 - 2130" price="25 - 55" lat="27.9978" long="153.4293">Deja View Restaurant located on level 2 inside the Outrigger Hotel offers something for everyone. With a buffet Breakfast every day from 6:30 - 10:00am for $25 per adult including everything you could imagine.
Lunch has all the classics you can find anywhere in Australia from club sandwiches to chicken schnitzel.
And for dinner they offer a full seafood buffet with fresh Prawns, Oysters, Crabs and Mussels as well as a huge hot food selection with chicken and beef etc. Also Selections of Salads, Pizzas, Cheese, and a huge dessert buffet.
They also have a set menu each night which has a choice of 2 or 3 courses from their Australian/Vietnamese dishes
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