|Popular in||January||High demand for flights, 20% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||August||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||฿10,505||Average for return flights in October 2021|
|One-way from||฿18,642||One-way flight from Bangkok to Gold Coast|
A land of theme parks, fabulous beaches, endless sun and excellent nightlife, restaurants and shopping, it’s little wonder that ten million tourists take flights to the Gold Coast each year.
The Gold Coast rocks in October during Indy Week and in November/December when the “Schoolies” (students celebrating the end of class) arrive to kick up their heels. While Surfers Paradise might be synonymous with the celebrations of the high-school graduates, the bars of Main Beach and Broadbeach can be fun too. Families will head for the Gold Coast’s many theme parks, which include Dreamworld, Australia’s largest theme park, Sea World, the GC’s oldest theme park, Warner Brothers Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country.
To experience the green behind the gold, head off into the hinterland. The hinterland contrasts beautifully with the coast, swapping the sand and sparkling sea with vineyards, farms and rural plantations, not to mention National Parks and reserves that stretch for 247 acres.
The climate is sub-tropical. Summer (December to February) temperatures average 31 degrees Celsius and winter (June to August) temperatures hover about the 25-degree mark. Winter gets some rainfall, while visitors taking flights to the Gold Coast during the summer months will experience some storms that sweep in from the west.
If you’re planning to venture off the beaches of the Gold Coast, hiring a car is a great idea. There are several car-rental companies with desks at the airport. There are lots of taxis and limousines available. Bus services are good and inexpensive. Ferries and water taxis are a novel way of getting around; the Gold Coast is said to have nine times as many waterways as Venice. There are also bike-rental companies, one of which is called Get on your Bike. Renting a bike costs from $10.
From Gold Coast Airport (OOL), there are several options for getting to the beaches. There are six reputable car-hire companies based at the airport including Avis and Hertz. There is bus and shuttle service as well as taxis and limousines operating between the airport and spots along the Gold Coast.
After Melbourne’s Eureka Tower, Q1 is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. The QDeck is on Level 77, 230m above the ground, which offers panoramic views of the sea and the hinterland.
For cheap lunches head to the back arcades of Surfers Paradise, where you’ll find decent Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese eateries. A large lunch will set you back about $15.
Or, for something different, go to the Polish Place in Tamborine Mountain. Enjoy the Polish cuisine. The lunch menu boasts Sledz w Smietanie (herring) and Bigos z Kielbaska (Polish Bigos with sausage). The Fine/Folk Art Gallery features contemporary and traditional art and jewellery. You’ll find amber and amber silver on sale.