About the Gold Coast

GETTING FROM THE AIRPORTGETTING AROUND THE COAST | EATING OUT | WHAT TO DO ON THE GOLD COAST | USEFUL LINKS

The Gold Coast stretches along 57 kilometres of coastline and is home to over half a million people. Beyond the city’s beautiful beaches are vast, sub-tropical rainforests with breathtaking scenery. Feel the excitement of life in the fun lane, where the sun shines on an unlimited variety of things to see and do all year round. Cuddle a koala, learn to surf, and walk a World Heritage listed rainforest trail in a day full of natural adventure. Scream with excitement on the biggest and best theme park rides, browse the boutiques, or putt your way to a win on a championship golf course. 

A sun-kissed city by the sea, Australia’s Gold Coast is a place defined by an unmistakable energy.
Each year, over 13 million visitors flock to the city, eager to soak up the sun, feel the sand between their toes
and take part in the near-limitless range of attractions and experiences.

With 57 kilometres of sand and surf, 100,000 hectares of World Heritage listed rainforests, award winning
dining, active pursuits and an ever evolving calendar, along with more than 300 days of sunshine, the Gold
Coast is the perfect destination to add a few extra days pre or post conference.

To plan your Gold Coast experience, visit DestinationGoldCoast.com

GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT

As an integral part of Gold Coast, we are providing delegates of the Successes & Failures in Telehealth Conference 2019 with the opportunity to receive a special discounted travel offer when catching the Airtrain.

The cost of a single train ticket to any of the Gold Coast tram stations is $38.40 one-way. However, using the special offer for discounted travel, the cost for Congress delegates is $60 return to any of the Gold Coast tram stations including Surfers Paradise North which is very close to the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa.
 
Promocode: SFT-19
Travel dates: 18-28 October 2019
Tickets: $60 Return to any Gold Coast Tram station
Only redeemable online at www.airtrain.com.au 
 
Instructions to purchase: 

  • Head to www.airtrain.com.au
  • Select the Book Tickets button
  • Select From destination as the Airport Domestic or Airport International
  • Select To destination as Gold Coast and choose one of the following stations: Parkwood, Parkwood East, Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Queen Street, Nerang Street, Southport, Southport South, Broadwater Parklands, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise North, Cypress Avenue, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Northcliffe, Florida Gardens, Broadbeach North, Broadbeach South.
  • Select Return button 
  • Choose departure and return date between the 18-28 October 2019
  • Select the amount of passengers 
  • Enter passenger details 
  • Select Credit Card or Paypal 
  • Enter the promo code SFT-19
  • Enter payment details 
  • Select the check boxes and press the Confirm booking button

 
Airtrain and Tram Terms and Conditions: Valid for travel from the 18-28 October 2019. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket dates can be changed as long as travel is completed before the 28 October 2019, after this date the ticket is null and void. Your Airtrain and tram ticket is valid for travel to and from Brisbane Airport and any G:link tram station. At Helensvale station you can transfer to the G:link Tram and travel to Parkwood, Parkwood East, Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Queen Street, Nerang Street, Southport, Southport South, Broadwater Parklands, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise North, Cypress Avenue, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Northcliffe, Florida Gardens, Broadbeach North and Broadbeach South tram stations. For Airtrain’s full terms and conditions visit https://www.airtrain.com.au/terms-and-conditions/.

Alternatively, transfers are available from both Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports to the venue. Con-X-ion is offering delegates a 10% discount for their airport transfers which they can redeem via this link to book in their transport to the door of their hotel.

GETTING AROUND THE GOLD COAST

The City of Gold Coast works in partnership with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and TransLink to provide public transport options including scheduled bus, train and tram services, and community transport services.

Trams

The new G: light rail system operates from 5am to midnight on weekdays and throughout weekends. The route links Helensvale, Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach with a 7.5 minute service between 7am and 7pm weekdays.

Buses

There are more than 60 bus routes in the city including turn up and go services, 700, 704, 705, 709, 740, 750 and 777 that operate every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week. For information on bus routes and timetables, please visit TransLink's website.

Trains

Queensland Rail trains connect major centres on the Gold Coast including Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes and also serve Ormeau and Coomera. Trains run at regular intervals to and from Brisbane with bus connections to Surfers Paradise, Southport and Broadbeach. Timetable information is available through TransLink.

Taxis

Taxis on the Gold Coast can be hailed from the kerb on the street or engaged at designated taxi ranks. Gold Coast Cabs can also be booked directly on 131 008 or via the Gold Coast Cabs website.

EATING OUT AT THE GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast's culinary scene is booming. Head south for an edgier, independent scene or go for glam up north. If you're on a budget, there's great lunchtime dining at a new breed of produce-driven cafes and some very decent Indian and Thai cheapies tucked away down arcades and strip malls, that also service the home-delivery market.

LOCAL DINING OPTIONS

WHAT TO DO ON THE GOLD COAST

Surfers Paradise Beach

The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia's iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up 'paradise' to millions. Throughout the year, our beach welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around the World. See more here


 

 

Sea World

Delve below the surface and discover a whole new world of fun and adventure at Sea World. Meet Sea World's newest family member, Mishka the Polar Bear, or get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins plus more! Sea World is also home to many shows and presentations, including the all new Seal Guardians Presentation. Watch some of the world’s best freestyle Jet Skiers bring the Sea World Lake to life with the action-packed Jet Stunt Extreme show. See more here about the park. Other local themeparks include Warner Brothers Movie World and Wet'n'Wild.

 

Dreamworld 

Dreamworld is Australia’s biggest theme park, with rides, slides and wildlife all in one place on the Gold Coast, Australia's playground. Dreamworld hosts around one million visitors each year with a staff of more than 1200 include ride operators, life guards, engineers, entertainers, animal carers and many more. If you're needing to cool off after a day in the sun, WhiteWater World is the perfect place to be. To find out more visit their website here

 

 

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way. Experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free flight bird shows and Aboriginal performances. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests all proceeds back into wildlife and conservation programs. See more here

 

 

SkyPoint Observation Deck

The SkyPoint Observation Deck is located on Level 77 of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise. SkyPoint is Australia's only beach side observation deck where you can sit back, relax and grab a bite to eat from the licensed SkyPoint Bistro + Bar and enjoy the unsurpassed 360 degree views of the Gold Coast beaches to the hinterland and beyond. See here for more.

 


 

The Star

The Star offers luxurious hotel accommodation, a world-class 24-hour casino, sumptuous restaurant dining, lively bars and thrilling entertainment. Enjoy the buzz and experience the thrills with over 70 table games and 1600 machines, with endless things to be kept busy by. See more here

 

 

 

Pacific Fair

Pacific Fair is the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping and dining destination, offering an expansive collection of luxury, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers. With 400 stores, Pacific Fair offers a captivating blend of the world’s best brands, set amongst tropical landscapes and a unique outdoor ambience. See more here

 

 

 

Carrara Markets

Carrara Markets are Australia's biggest permanent markets. With over 350 stalls covering 10 acres it's a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual. It's also the original home of discount shopping when it comes to fresh produce, homewares, pots, plants, bric a brac, arts and crafts and just about everything else. Catch the G:Link Light Rail to Broadbeach South Station at Pacific Fair, then catch a Translink or Surfside Bus direct to the markets. See more here

 

 

Harbour Town Shopping Centre

Harbour Town is Australia's largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 240 stores including brand direct outlet and clearance stores offering up to 70 per cent off the original retail price on stock, as well as specialty retailers, alfresco dining, entertainment and services. See more here

 

 

 

 

Burleigh Heads Beach

This bohemian and surfy pocket is backed by lush Burleigh Headland, fringed by majestic Norfolk pines, and anchored by the much-loved shopping strip, James Street. The blue waters of this beach are patrolled and often well-protected from a southerly wind or swell, it is also very popular with the surfing crowd. See more here

 

 

 

Springbrook National Park

Not far from the busy beach strip, Springbrook National Park offers a tranquil escape in World Heritage-listed wilderness. Soaring rock faces, rainforests, waterfalls, and the gorges of the McPherson Range dominate the park. A popular attraction is Natural Arch Bridge where a waterfall plunges into a cave (home to a colony of glow worms) and through a natural basalt arch. Rainforest-fringed trails lead from the picnic area to the river and a lookout. From here, visitors can see Mount Warning, the remnant of a large shield volcano. The park is also a haven for birds and protects several threatened species. See more here

 

 

 
 

Paradise Jet Boating

Operating in the areas of Broadwater and Marine Park, Paradise Jet Boating's ride are famous for their mix of jetboat thrills and stunning sightseeing. Experience 360° spins, high speed drifting and incredible beach buzzing in as little as 10cms of water, while exploring the Gold Coast’s unique Broadwater. Find out more here.

 


 

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

A spectacular balloon inflation display is just the start of your morning ballooning with Hot Air, float up to watch the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast hinterland; enjoy sweeping views of Tamborine Mountain, Lamington National Park and to the east see the shimmering tall towers of the Gold Coast skyline. To top your special morning off, relax with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling bubbles and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the gracious ambiance of O'Reilly's Vineyard's historic Grand Homestead with its high ceilings & wide relaxing verandahs.

 

USEFUL LINKS

Destination Gold Coast: https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/
Surfers Paradise Gold Coast: http://www.surfersparadise.com/
Lonely Planet: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/queensland/gold-coast
Queensland: https://www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/gold-coast