Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How to travel from Brisbane to Gold Coast and is Surfers Paradise the place to go?

You would think that Gold Coast being 80km away from Brisbane, there be a comprehensive public transport system in place to get you there without using a car, well you are wrong. In fact here are two ways for you to get there if you choose not to rent a car.


Train - Hop onto any train station and it will get you to any of the Gold Coast stops; Ormeau, Coomera, Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes. However each stop is approximately 12-15km away from Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach, the typical destination for someone who is visiting Gold Coast. Your best bet is to stop at Nerang. Take the Bus 745 and that takes you right to Surfers Paradise or take the taxi. Journey time will take you approximately an hour by train and depending on the traffic; 20 minutes to an hour by taxi or bus.


Cost of the trip? This is where it gets interesting. Purchase a one way ticket from the station and it should cost you AUD 7.70. Get a Go Card ("prepaid card") and you will realise the exit at Nerang does not have a machine to tag out. When that happens, the loop hole in the system charges you AUD 5 when you tag the card the next time you use it. In your case, you will be charged AUD 5 when you enter the bus. The bus ride will cost you another AUD 2.50 if i am not mistaken. However when we went the day after New Year's, it was packed and there was heavy traffic jam, resulting in an hour ride in a rather hot and stuffy bus. 


Alternatively, try Greyhound Bus. A one way ticket will set you back AUD20 per person and it takes an hour from the Roma St station to the Bus station near Surfers Paradise. Slightly more expensive but less trouble.


Once you reach Gold Coast, you can enjoy the smooth silky sand.


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The shaded area is for the asians who are scared of the sun. This is a true story as this section of the beach were indeed occupied by asians.

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Where the sun is at, you will find the locals enjoying the sun.

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The waves look tempting enough to go for a dip too.

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Gold Coast by and large has not changed much since i first visited when i was a student in 2004. Surfers Paradise is pretty much the same; Cavill Avenue is the main street where you have a row of cafes, restaurants and shopping. Around the corner, you have the high end boutiques catered for the international tourists, i mean can you imagine girls in bikinis and guys in boardshorts going to LV to pick up a bag or Gucci to buy some loafers?

To be honest, on a whole Surfers Paradise seemed to have aged in a bad way. There are too many half naked people drinking way too much in the day, with alcohol bottles filled to the brim at the public dust bins. Buildings have aged and hotel prices are exorbitant when you look at the poor quality.

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A rather basic looking room at Vibe Hotel will still set you back AUD190 and up to AUD300 on the weekends. Crazy prices? No wonder people prefer to take a flight to Thailand for a beach trip instead of coming to Gold Coast.

Maybe the next time i come to Gold Coast, i will bring a fatter wallet, maybe that might get me better accommodation.

18 comments:

Jun said...

so the rain hasn't affected gold coast much eh? surfer's is starting to sound reli bad from ur description :(

J said...

Aiyo. So the mass of half naked bodies were not very pretty/ handsome so not nice to see lah, is it? :P
(At least the sand is still nice....)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: well no half naked ladies appealing enough but the guys on the other hand were alright..makes me look at my stomach consciously.

jun: well that was last week, its terror right now!

qwazymonkey said...

Well it's a nice place to escape the "flood" waters eh?

I've no idea why would anyone want to go to the beach and stay in the bloody shade! Chi sin!

thule a.k.a leo said...

qwazymonkey - I would.. well, actually my wife would! lol! I don't mind actually but then I'd follow wherever she goes so...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha i know, thats what my wife wanted to sit too!!

jon: well this was b4 the floods, gold coast is raining too.

email2me said...

Ah ..... nothing beats a clean and nice beach ..... All the work stress just blown away by the breeze and calm me down by listening to the wave sounds.

Michelle Chin said...

I think the hotel rooms in Gold Coast are larger in size than the ones in Melbourne. I am talking the 3-4 star types.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: well it not abt the sizes but quality as well, its rather depressing to know my room is 4 stars.

poi: it is, but not in a packed beach like surfers paradise though.

boo_licious said...

I used to take the bus down, it was the easiest or just the shuttle from the airport.

Yeah, Gold Coast is kinda slow, but there's the casino and the rides.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

boo: yeah the bus seems to b the most convenient from our little experiment.

Coketai said...

Hi Joe...now you can surf on the main rood down town of Brisbane!!!Everywhere is water Ha! Ha!

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Limo said...

Locals know not to rent hotel rooms in Surfers. Apartments are the only choice. Same price if not cheaper than hotel rooms and include separate bedroom, kitchen, balconies and even a laundry. Let me know if you want some recommendations. :-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

limo: well a good lesson learnt, what are your recommendations?

coketai: haha crazy ar, the water flow damn fast ok.

Brisbane Devoured said...

I used to live down there, and never went to the beach or into surfers paradise ever.... i massively dislike the gold coast, i find it tacky and overrated... definitely would prefer to holiday overseas and i wouldnt recommend to anyone.

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