Gold Coast Airport’s primary runway is 2,552 metres long. The runway enables all wide-bodied aircraft (except for the A380) to land and take off to international destinations - in particular, the B787, B767, B777, A330 and A340 aircraft types. It also receives narrow-bodied domestic flights from A320s and 737s. Some six million passengers a year arrive and depart from Gold Coast Airport. 

Gold Coast Quick Facts

Distance from Surfers Paradise: 25km 
Number of airlines: 9
Number of destinations serviced: 20
Number of terminals: 1
Number of runways: 1


Both international and domestic flights depart from the same terminal. Passengers should arrive for check-in with plenty of time to clear security. International passengers must also clear Customs.  Each airline’s counter space is easily recognisable and most carriers provide kiosk check-in capabilities. The security screening area is located in the centre of the terminal and passengers and visitors may proceed through to the gate area once check-in is complete.  


The baggage claim area is located on the southern end of the terminal. When entering the building from the street, visitors will turn left, continuing to the end of the terminal corridor. Passengers arriving on flights must all exit the gate area at the one exit which is conveniently located near baggage claim. 

If you require the use of baggage stowage lockers, the airport has small, medium and large sized stowage units which are available outside, under the covered areas leading towards the short term and long term car parks. Lockers accept credit card payments as well as AUD notes and gold coins. Renters will use a touch pad to gain access to the locker of their choice.

Money Exchange

There are two ways in which to exchange currency at Gold Coast Airport. There are several Travelex ATMs located throughout the terminal which dispense Australian and New Zealand Dollars as well as Japanese Yen. Travelex also has two teller operated offices where close to 50 different types of currencies are available. One is located just outside the international arrivals hall and the other is just past security in the departures lounge. These locations are open 365 days a year.

Family Services

Most airport bathrooms provide changing tables with dedicated parent’s rooms.  

Airline Lounges

There are two airline lounges at Gold Coast Airport. The Virgin Australia Lounge is located adjacent to gates 1 and 2. Entry is open to guests flying on a Virgin Australia Business Class fare, Gold and Platinum Velocity members and their eligible guest and to Virgin Australia Lounge members. Comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary selection of food and beverages are just some of the amenities available.

The Qantas Club is located just past security on the left hand side. The Qantas Club features lounge seating and a host of welcoming features including refreshments, shower facilities and a dedicated family zone. Qantas Club is open to elite Qantas Frequent Flyer members as well as high tier frequent flyers from other Oneworld carriers. 

Qantas Club Lounge

Gold Coast Airport uses one main terminal building, which is located under one roof and is known as Terminal 1. International operations are located on the northern end of the terminal, while domestic operations are located in the remainder of the building. There are nine gates and 14 aircraft parking positions. The airport does not currently use aerobridges, but four aerobridges are included in the current terminal redevelopment due for completion in 2017. A wide variety of food and shops are available when passing the time before a flight. Fashion stores, gift shops, cafes, money exchange and restaurants are all located in the domestic departure lounge. Duty free and Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) desks are available in the international departure lounge. There are also food, baggage wrapping services, a convenience store, money exchange and cafes before the security check point.

Gold Coast Airport


Taxis: Taxi ranks are located just outside of the domestic baggage claim area.

Buses: TransLink’s public transport network can get you to and from the Gold Coast Airport, and around the coast during your stay. TransLink’s integrated network on the Gold Coast includes the G:link trams, Surfside buslines and Queensland Rail. Currently routes 777 and 760 depart from the airport, with various stops. Route 777 is a limited-stop service taking you to Broadbeach South tram station, where you can transfer to the G: for Surfers Paradise, Southport or other bus routes. The 777 runs every 15 minutes or better, 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. Route 760 connects the airport Varsity Lakes station – departing half hourly.  Travel on bus, train or tram with go card or grab a Gold Coast go explore for bus and G: link trams. Cards are available from the Visitor Information Desk located outside domestic arrivals.

Car hire: All major car rental companies are located in the baggage claim area of Gold Coast Airport.


All car parks are fully automated, with no manned exit booth. There is no cash payment at the exit, so use the pay stations located at pedestrian crossings in the car park.

Short Stay parking

This is closest to the terminal and intended for stays less than 10 hours. It's ideal for picking up passengers and dropping them off. Parking is free for the first 10 minutes.

Long Stay parking

Gold Coast Airport has four options for long-stay parking:

  • Long Term Premium Covered – Closest undercover parking to the terminal, suitable for overnight and longer. Starts at $30 a day.
  • Covered Long Term 1 – Parking for overnight and longer. Parking starts at $23 a day, which reduces to $18 after four days.
  • Covered Long Term 2 – Undercover walkway to Terminal 1. Parking starts at $23 a day, which reduces to $17 after four days.
  • Long Term Uncovered – Open then undercover walkway to Terminal 1. Parking starts at $16 a day, which reduces to $12 a day after five days.

As a travel hub for Queensland, the Gold Coast is serviced by a wide range of airlines. The following airlines reach Gold Coast Airport. Don't see the airline you are looking for? Talk to a consultant to book your Gold Coast flights with your preferred airline.

The following airlines reach Gold Coast. Don't see the airline you are looking for? Talk to a consultant to book your Gold Coast flights with your preferred airline.

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