How to Get to Gold Coast

When flying into Australia, you have a few options to get to Gold Coast. The two primary options are flying into Brisbane or Sydney and continuing your travels from there. We recommend that you check with a travel agent or your preferred airline provider to determine what travel option(s) are best from your location.

Option 1 - Fly into Brisbane

The Brisbane Airport (airport code BNE) is located a little over an hour north of Gold Coast. Traveling from Brisbane to Gold Coast is by train, taxi or private car hire. There are no domestic flights between Brisbane and Gold Coast.

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Option 2 - Fly into Sydney

The Sydney Airport (airport code SYD) is approximately 9.5 hours south of Gold Coast. Taking a domestic flight to Gold Coast (airport code OOL) is the best option and takes about 3.5 hours. Make sure to allow enough time to exit your flight, collect your luggage, clear customs and make your way over to the Domestic Flight Terminal to board your flight.

Please note that in most cases of transfer from the International Terminal to the Domestic Terminal, you will need to take a bus or train that costs AU $5.50 one way, per person. You will need to have Australian currency available prior to boarding.

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Air Travel

Star Alliance

Save up to 20% on travel with Star Alliance™ Network.

The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for 2014 World Credit Union Conference in Gold Coast, Australia.

To obtain Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts, please follow the steps below to access the Conventions Plus online booking tool:

  1. Visit
  2. Under “Delegates login,” enter conventions code AC10S14. (The online booking tool opens in a separate window. Should the online booking tool not open, please ensure that your pop-up blocker is disabled.)

Registered participants plus one accompanying person traveling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and travel class.

The participating airlines for this event are: Adria Airwarys, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, and United.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website and Internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

For Convention Booking customer support please call the Customer Service Center number below:

Austria 0800-296088 Norway 800-17-364
Belgium 0800-262-04 Poland 0-0-800-112-4019
Brazil +55-3139560561 Poland-Katowice +48-326304143
China 4001-204931 Portugal 800-180-024
Croatia 0800-222-408 Singapore 800-130-1610
Denmark 8082-6841 South Africa 0-800-982-171
Egypt 0800-000-0412 S. Africa Capetown +27-213002328
Finland 0800-552-068 Slovenia 386-82880010
France 0805-080235 Spain 900-838125
Germany 0800-180-3987 Switzerland 0800-848-793
Greece 00-800-1809-203-7152 Thailand 001-800-13-203-1938
Greece-Athens +30-2111980286 Thailand-Bangkok +66-21055703
India 000-800-100-3782 Turkey +90-850-2526371
Japan 0800-100-0043 United Kingdom 0-808-120-7586
Korea (South) 00-308-13-2054 USA/Canada Toll Free +1-888-244-3086

Star Alliance access codes for Travel Agents are linked here

Ground transportation in Gold Coast

GC Shuttle

Gold Coast boasts a new, state-of-the-art, low cost airport, Gold Coast Airport (OOL), which is a 30-minute drive from the city center. On the ground airport transfers include private coach, taxi, shuttle, public bus, limosine, train or car hire.

Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle
A local shuttle is available from Gold Coast Airport to your Gold Coast accommodation from Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle. Prices are generally less than a taxi fare. You can purchase tickets online, or at the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle airport counter. Ticket prices are approximately $20 AUD one-way to your hotel on the Gold Coast.

There are frequent trains from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast stations. Download the train timetable for the Gold Coast line here. For assistance with your train planning visit or Ticket prices vary but are approximately $32 one-way from Brisbane to one of four service stops on the Gold Coast.

Taxis are conveniently located outside of the terminal. For more information, please contact Gold Coast Cabs at

Visa requirements & letter of invitation

View the Visa Information page for information.

What to tell customs agents

When asked your reason for visiting, keep your answer simple and truthful:

"I am attending a conference at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre."

Saying that you are "working in Australia" could raise further questions about your visa status, complicating customs procedures. In most cases, you will clear customs at your point of entry in Australia.

Attendees may also want to carry copies of their conference confirmation, letter of invitation and/or other documentation about the conference if further questions should arise.

Bringing children into Gold Coast

Customs officers looking for missing children may ask questions about the children traveling with you. If you plan on traveling with children, special paperwork may be required. Please contact your local Australian Embassy or consulate for more information.