Why choose Gold Coast

Before starting your journey to the beautiful Gold Coast, make sure your equipped with the essentials to ensure you arrive confident and well prepared.

Australia's Gold Coast is a very unique city, and one of the world's best holiday and study destinations. Experience the Gold Coast's spectacular beaches, World Heritage listed rainforest, theme parks, shopping, events, and internationally renowned educational programs and courses.

Above all, the Gold Coast presents a safe and secure destination where travellers can freely explore and experience the very best that Australia has to offer.

Facts about Gold Coast

       The Gold Coast encompasses 5,000sq km with 70km of pristine coastline, 270km of navigable waterways and 100,000ha of world-heritage listed rainforests.

       The Gold Coast shares the title with Brisbane as one of the most desirable places in the world to live when ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health.

       Home to the largest concentration of themed attractions in the southern hemisphere.

       Gold Coast is a safe and welcoming city with excellent transport links including bus, train and tram services

       With 52 kilometres of golden beaches, The City of Gold Coast employs the largest professional lifeguard service in Australia who are recognised as world leaders in ocean safety, rescue and education

       Explore the largest subtropical rainforest remnant in the world and more than 100,000ha of nature reserves and world heritage sites

       Host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Location & Transport

The perfect weather and proximity to some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders are just some of the reasons you'll love studying on the Gold Coast.

We have listed some useful information about location and transport.

When arriving to the Gold Coast, students can purchase a TransLink GoCard. This is an electronic ticket offering fast, easy and convenient travel at a cheaper price than paper tickets. Your GoCard can be used on all TransLink buses, trains (including Airtrain), ferries and tram services across Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast.

School students aged 5 to 14 years are eligible for a Child Concession GoCard(orange).
Primary and Secondary students aged 15 or older are eligible for a Concession GoCard (green).

More information about TransLink online:
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Gold Coast Airport is just 30 minutes drive to our Gold Coast Campus
Brisbane Airport is just 60-70 minutes drive to our Gold Coast Campus

Australia has 4 major domestic airlines which include Qantas, JetStar, Virgin Australia .

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Staying in Gold Coast puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, both within the state of Queensland and beyond.

Destination Approximate Travel Times
Brisbane Approximately 1 hour by train
Sunshine Coast 2 hours by car
Sydney Just over 1 hour by plane
Melbourne Just over 2 hours by plane
Great Barrier Reef 5 hours by plane (1 or more stops)
Auckland 3 hours by plane
Singapore 8 hours by plane
Guangzhou 13 hours by plane
Seoul 16 hours by plane
Dubai 17 hours by plane

Prepare for Gold Coast

Prepare for your stay on the Gold Coast with this useful information about weather, shops and cost of living.

Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall on the Gold Coast. Don't forget to pack your sunscreen!

Summer (December – February)
During summer the average temperature is a pleasant 21 - 28.4°C (69.8 - 83.1°F). February is the wettest month (Receiving 184mm/7.2” on average), and short, tropical storms are common in the late afternoon and early evening. During summer humidity is high, roughly 69 - 75%, but this is offset by cool sea breezes.

Autumn (March – May)
In Autumn sunny days are followed by cooler nights with average temperatures between 18 - 25.7°C (64.4 - 78.2°F). Water temperatures are still high enough to swim (25.2°C / 77.3°F) and it is generally less rainy than the summer months.

Winter (June – August)
Winter on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with average temperatures between 12.5 - 21.5°C (54.5 - 70.7°F). The Hinterland is slightly cooler with maximum winter temperatures around 16°C (60.8°F). Clear skies and dry air average cool nights.

Spring (September – November)
Sunny days are followed by mild tropical evenings and average temperatures range from 16.9 - 25.4°C (62.4 - 77.7°F). Days are dry but can be windy, especially during September.

(source: www.australia.com )

    Major Shopping Centres:

  • Harbour Town Outlet
  • Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
  • Robina Town Centre
  • Australia Fair Shopping Centre
  • Westfield Helensvale
  • Marina Mirage
  • Supermarkets:

  • Coles
  • Woolworths
  • Aldi
  • Discount Store Retailers

  • Target
  • Kmart
  • BigW
  • The Reject Shop
  • Choice Discount Variety Stores
  • Stacks
  • Department Stores

  • Myer
  • David Jones
  • Health & Beauty

  • Priceline
  • Chemist Warehouse
  • Terry White Chemist
  • Banking

  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • Westpac
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

    Nearby Doctors

  • Australia Fair Medical Centre
  • Surfers Paradise Day & Night Medical Centre
  • Paradise City Medical Centre
  • Myhealth Ashmore Plaza
  • See more
  • Post Office

  • Australia Post
  • Nearby Attractions

  • Dreamworld
  • Warner Bros. Movie World
  • Sea World
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wet'n'Wild
  • Lamington National Park
  • WhiteWater World
  • Springbrook National Park
  • Glow-Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain
  • Infinity Attraction
  • Treetop Challenge

This should be used as a guide only.

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