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Gold Coast airport, Australia
VroomVroomVroom compares car hire deals at Coolangatta Airport from trusted rental car companies including Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise (formerly Redspot). So if you want to find a cheap car hire in Gold Coast Airport, we can help you. 

Gold Coast Airport (formerly Coolangatta Airport) is unique, in that its runway straddles two states of Australia; Queensland and New South Wales. It was named the Best Regional Airport Asia/Pacific in 2011. Although it is not a large airport, it  services flights from international airports such as Japan and New Zealand. 

With all the basic services available in the terminal building, you can grab a last minute bite to eat, or buy a magazine or book from the newsagent. The fashion shops and other stores will give you a great opportunity to purchase a little gift before you leave the airport. 

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  • More choices - Since we compare deals from major brands, you have more vehicle selection. There are also a lot of pick up and drop off locations. 
  • Convenience - All car hires booked through our website are available to drive straight from the airport carpark. You may not be aware that there are many local car rental agents from the Gold Coast Airport, who will expect you to catch a shuttle to their depot to collect your hire car.
  • Excellent service - Our customer care team are ready to help you! Feel free to contact us if you need any assistance. 

Driving tips in Gold Coast Airport

Situated at the southern end of the Gold Coast, the airport is approximately 25 km (16 mi) south of Surfers Paradise and about 100 km (62 mi) south of Brisbane. Take note that the entrance to the airport can be found in the suburb of Bilinga near Coolangatta

You may be confused at all the options of rental cars from Gold Coast Airport, or maybe you are not sure if you will need excess cover. No matter what your inquiry maybe, we are here to help you find and rent a car in Gold Coast Airport. Contact us if you require assistance. 

We can also help you to book a vehicle in the heart of the Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise is a popular tourist destination with white sandy beaches, accommodation and attractions to suit most budgets and tastes. We are proud to provide you with a list of available rental cars from the Gold Coast as well.

Have fun exploring several scenic locations in Gold Coast

Upon arrival in the Gold Coast Airport, there are already spectacular attractions that you can check out when collecting your rental car. The obvious choice is to head north to explore the legendary Gold Coast. You have something for everyone here; 70 kms of sun, sand and surf, and 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest in the region. That's without starting on the theme parks, restaurants and nightclubs, which help to make this Australia's most popular holiday destination.

But don't overlook the immediate environment around the Airport. Tweed Heads is in New South Wales, and just 4 minutes driving time from the Gold Coast Airport. This smaller resort area still has plenty of coastline, and is ideal for families with its protected and quiet waterways. The villages at Hinterland have a vibrant arts and crafts culture. Continue heading south, and you are just under an hour's driving time to the groovy vibe of Byron Bay.

So don't wait, put your details into VroomVroomVroom's super efficient search engine, and get planning a holiday of a lifetime.

VroomVroomVroom have come up with a few stunning things that you can do and places where you can stay, shop, dine, or visit during your adventure in Gold Coast Airport. Check it out below!

Things to do

Australian Surfing Adventures

woman enjoying surfing at Australian Surfing Adventures

If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, why not come, join and visit Australian Surfing Adventures?

Whether it be a 2-hour surf lesson on one of Gold Coast's best beaches or a surf trip away. Rest assured you will be regarded like royalty and be offered one of the best surfing experiences around.

The team at ASA has over 42 years experience and know this coastline like the back of their hand. They have the knowledge to find the best waves on any given day and they also have a few secret spots and hidden gems tucked up our sleeves.

Their surf instructors and guides are the backbone of their business so they only selected the best of the best who are passionate fun loving people with the knowledge and experience to teach you all you need to know - from weather patterns to tidal movement to wind swell forecasts to rips and of course, get you ready surfing all the way to the beach. Note that ASA success rate is 100%. 

Surf Easy

Address: Duringan Street/Pacific Parade, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia 4223

Surf Easy is the original Alley surf school and the only licensed and Accredited Surf School to have run lessons at the Alley every weekend and Holiday since January 1994.

It's also the only Surf School on the Coast where you can get instruction from a Level 4 Master Coach, with years of teaching experience and Educational Qualifications, so we can cater for all levels of ability.

Surf Easy offers the best value lessons on the Coast with the Gold Coast's most experienced coaches, at Currumbin Alley, the best and safest location, and value their safety record.

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Places to Eat

Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar

Address: Q1 Resort & Spa, Hamilton Ave & Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

amazing burger at longboards laidback eatery and bar

Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar is the Gold Coast's best gourmet burger & craft beer eatery located in Surfers Paradise under the Q1 Tower.  

They offer over 20 gourmet burger options plus hotdogs that vary in affordability and size to satisfy anyone's hunger. 

They are home of the famous 1.8kg Phat Bastard burger challenge, Longboards also offers a wide selection of seasonal cocktails to enjoy whilst looking out over the beautiful Q1 setting. If you are looking for amazing burgers packed full of fresh local ingredients and a great atmosphere then drop by!

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Places to Stay

La Costa Motel

front view of la costa motel with company logo

If you need a few days off or catching an early flight, La Costa Motel provides comfortable accommodation with a 'beach shack' atmosphere between the Gold Coast Airport and the stunning Bilinga beach.  La Costa Motel is a top destination for leisure and business travellers alike with free 24 hour airport transfers and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi.

You are welcomed in air-conditioned rooms with pillow topped comfort guaranteed beds, flat screen TVs and DVD players, microwave, fridge, and your very own Expresso  Coffee Pod Machine.  Most of the rooms have courtyards surrounded by the iconic 'white picket fence' or stay in your own upstairs apartment looking over the Pacific Ocean.

So what are you waiting for? Walk 50m to the end of the street for your true Gold Coast beach experience or take one of the vintage bicycles along the boardwalk to the tree-lined cafes, restaurants and shops in Kirra, Coolangatta and Tugun. 

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Weather tips to consider when driving around Gold Coast


Well they don't call it the Gold Coast for nothing. Summer's weather is generally perfect. You will find that most of the summer days will get up as high as the mid 30's and there will even be days when it is too hot! It is important that you have a  car rental with air conditioning for those unexpected higher temp days. You may also find that summer is also considered a storm season. You may encounter some heavy rain periods and the roads tend to have flash flooding. We urge you to never take a hire car through flooded water as this will breach the terms and conditions of your rental agreement.


Visitors in the Gold Coast will still swim in winter. While the locals think they are crazy, the weather is still quite a bit warmer in winter than a lot of places around the world. No matter what the weather is, a hire car is the best way to travel so you can decide if it is too hot or too cold. Winter days can get as low as 9 degrees.

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