General information

Flights 

The Gold Coast Airport is just 20 minutes south of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre with regular flights from all capital cities and some Queensland regional centres.

Services are provided domestically by Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar, Tigerair and Airnorth, and internationally through multiple airlines including AirAsia X, Scoot, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand.

Visas

All travellers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas)
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card, including health and character declaration

Anyone who arrives without a valid travel document, visa or authority to enter Australia, may be refused entry to Australia or delayed until their identity and claims to enter Australia have been confirmed. Please visit the Department of Immigration’s website’s section for up to date information and further details on tourist visas, working holidays, business visits, students, immigration, Electronic Travel Authority (ETAs), visas and other useful contacts. For further information please visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Transport from Brisbane airport

Airtrain – Airtrain services run every 15 minutes during the peak hours (and every 30 minutes off-peak) between Brisbane's Domestic and International Airport terminals and the Gold Coast. For ticket information visit www.airtrain.com.au.

Uber – If you are travelling from the Brisbane Airport you can now request an Uberx to get where you need to go. The estimated fare travelling from the airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is $129 – $170. Please visit the Uber website for more information on pick up locations how to request your Uber.

Transport from Gold Coast Airport

Bus – Regular bus and shuttle services are available from Gold Coast Airport to Broadbeach. For further information please visit www.goldcoastairport.com.au.

Taxi – A taxi rank is conveniently located at the southern end of the terminal, outside the domestic arrivals area. Please refer to www.gccabs.com.au for bookings, fares and further information.

Uber – If you are travelling from the Gold Coast Airport you can now request an Uberx to get where you need to go. The estimated fare travelling from the airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is $35 – $46. Please visit the Uber website for more information on pick up locations how to request your Uber.

Transport around the Gold Coast

Local bus, coach, taxi and limousine companies operate regular services to all major attractions, hotel and shopping centres.

There is a bus stop directly in front of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Gold Coast Highway. There are also taxi and limousine ranks at the main entrance.

G:link Light Rail

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The Gold Coast's G:link light rail system is a 13-kilometre corridor connecting Griffith University to Broadbeach, passing through the key activity centres of Surfers Paradise and Southport. Services run 7-days a week, approximately every 10 to 15 minutes.

A single trip from Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach costs under $4.00 with a go card or $5.20 for a paper ticket. To plan your journey and view fares visit www.translink.com.au or for more information on the G:link visit ridetheg.com.au.

Other useful transport links

Surfside Buslines – www.surfside.com.au

Queensland Rail – www.qr.com.au

Climate

May is an Autumn month and is an awesome time to visit the Gold Coast as it is the start of the cooler weather making it even more appealing. In Autumn sunny days are followed by cooler nights with the average daytime temperatures generally around 18°C – 25°C  For further information on the Gold Coast’s weather with average temperatures please click here.

Time Zone

Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland. The time zone in Queensland is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), UTC +10.

ATM

There are 2 ATMs located on the ground floor between the lifts and main reception.

Car Parking

The GCCEC operates an automated car parking system. The cost is $12 per vehicle per visit.

Child Care | Parent’s Room | Carers Pass

The parent’s room is located on the Ground Floor, Foyer B in close proximity to the exhibition and session rooms. Parents are provided with all the essentials to make their visit enjoyable, including change table, kitchenette, microwave, refrigerator and comfortable chairs.

Carers passes are available and provide access to the conference, exhibition, and sessions and allows parents/delegates nursing children to be provided with assistance. Contact eventsmanager@ava.com.au for more information.

Smoking

The GCCEC is a non-smoking venue. Smoking is only permitted in clearly signed designated areas outside the Centre.

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