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About your Destination - the Fabulous Gold Coast!

About your Destination

 

The famous Gold Coast experience is Australia at its best. A city of dramatic diversity, the Gold Coast delivers an unparalleled variety of attractions, activities and experiences in one stunning, sun soaked location.

Explore the beaches, tropical rainforests, wildlife, theme parks, nightlife, culture, shopping and other unique adventures of Australia’s playground. Above all, the Gold Coast presents a safe and fun destination where holiday makers can freely explore and experience the very best that Australia has to offer.

There are too many tourist attractions on the Gold Coast to list so we’ve highlighted a few of the best ones for your browsing pleasure!

Attractions
Things to See!
Amusements
Things to Do!
Nightlife
Food and Entertainment
Shop and Relax
You deserve it!
Beaches
Theme Parks
Dinner and a Show
Shopping Centres
Tours
Wildlife Parks
Restaurants
Outlet and Fashion Boutiques
Museums
Fun and Games
Nightclubs
Markets
Rainforests
Other Amusements
Bars and Pubs
Relaxation

Gold Coast Map
This map is a treasure trove of things to see and do that are loved by locals and visitors alike. Use it to make the most of your Gold Coast holiday.




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How do I get there?

If arriving by air, you will either land at Brisbane Airport (Domestic or International) or Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta. Average travel times from the Airports are:-

The hotel is a 30 minute drive from the Gold Coast Airport and a one hour drive from Brisbane Airports.

Please note that like most major cities Friday afternoon traffic can be horrendous so make sure your return flight allows for a built in “cushion travel time”

Local coach services operate from the Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports to the hotel. Or for private transfers to and from the Hotel, you might like to use the following link http://www.mygoldcoastlimo.com/airport-transfers.html .

For further airport transfer options – http://www.goldcoasteguide.com/gettinghere.php .

Nerang railway station is 9 kilometers from the Hotel with an Airtrain Connect service (www.airtrain.com.au) for transfers directly to the Hotel and Brisbane Airports.

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International Visitors to the Gold Coast

Passports & Visas

Travellers to Australia need a valid passport.

Visas are required by all visitors travelling to Australia, except for New Zealand passport holders.

If you are planning a holiday or a short business trip to Australia, you will need to apply for either a visa or an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). An ETA will let you spend up to three months in Australia.

For More Information
Contact the Australian Embassy in your country or visit:

Website: Electronic Travel Authority

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Customs

As an island of immense ecological diversity, Australia employs strict customs regulations to preserve its unique habitat, and to protect all who live and travel here.

Organic items such as plants, food, furs, timber, and anything contaminated with dirt or sand will be carefully scrutinised and restricted or possibly prohibited.

Limitations also apply to other items brought into the country, such as tobacco products, alcohol and other personal possessions.

For More Information

Phone: +61 (0)2 6275 6666
National: 1300 363 263
Website: Australian Customs Service
Email: information@customs.gov.au

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Departure Tax

A passenger movement charge of departure tax is included in the price of airline tickets.
The charge is $38 per person.

Exemptions apply to children under 12 years, 24-hour transit passengers, or transit passengers who stay longer than a day if their departure is delayed by circumstances beyond their control.

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Claiming Back Tax

The Federal Government of Australia has implemented a Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). The TRS enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.

To claim a refund you must:

  • Spend $300 (GST inclusive) or more in the one store and get a single tax invoice
  • Buy goods no more than 30 days before departure
  • Wear or carry the goods on board the aircraft and present them – along with your original tax invoice, passport and international boarding pass – to a Customs Officer at a TRS facility

Please note:

  • Claims at airports are only available up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.
  • The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear onto the aircraft when you leave Australia. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia, such as wine, chocolate or perfume. However, unlike other tourist shopping schemes, most of the goods, such as clothing and cameras, can be used in Australia before departure.
  • The TRS is open to all overseas visitors and Australian residents, except operating air and sea crew.

For More Information
Website: TRS – Australian Customs

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Electrical Appliances

Australia operates with a triple pronged 240/250 volts AC 50HZ system. Universal outlets for 110 volts (shavers only) are standard in hotels, apartments and motels.

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Time

The Gold Coast operates on Eastern Standard Time (EST). Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland.

UTC/GMT + 10 hours.

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How do I get around the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast has an extensive public transport network serviced by Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail. Visit www.translink.com.au or www.qr.com.au for information on routes and timetables. The Gold Coast is also serviced by Regent Taxis – Phone 131008 or visit www.regenttaxis.com.au for further information.

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