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Flight information Melbourne to Gold Coast

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Which airlines fly from Melbourne to the Gold Coast?

Direct flights are available from Melbourne to the Gold Coast with 4 airlines:

As a general rule, the cheapest flights are with Tigerair and Jetstar, but it always pays to check.

The majority of these routes start at Melbourne Tullamarine, but it is possible to find flights from Melbourne to Gold Coast with Jetstar that depart from Avalon Airport.

Is there a time difference between Melbourne and the Gold Coast?

Only in summer. During winter both places have the same time, but because Queensland doesn’t observe daylight saving time, the Gold Coast is 1 hour behind in summer.

What is the weather like in the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast is far warmer than Melbourne, with monthly average temperatures 7°C higher in the Queensland destination. It is also far wetter, getting 5 times as much rain throughout the year.

How expensive is the Gold Coast?


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Essential travel information for the Gold Coast

  • For domestic flights in Australia, passengers must carry valid ID.
  • Melbourne Airport has a free app to help your travel go more smoothly.
  • For domestic flights, you should aim to be at the airport 1 hour before departure.

Departing from Melbourne

There are 2 airports in Melbourne that offer direct flights to the Gold Coast:

Avalon is the smaller of the pair, with fewer flights to the Gold Coast. It’s also further from the CBD: 57km (a 45-minute drive) compared with Tullamarine’s 22km (20 minutes by car).

No matter which airport you’re travelling to, SkyBus airport transfers offer an easy and affordable way to get to your departure terminal.

For Avalon, you can depart from either Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city centre (from $22 one-way) or Geelong Railway Station (from $10).

For Tullamarine, there are 5 routes that start from either Southern Cross Station (from $18), the Docklands (from $18), Barkly Street in St Kilda (from $19), Nepean Road in Rosebud ($22-$55) or Tarneit Station (from $21).

Arriving in the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Airport (OOL) is the 2nd busiest of all airports in Queensland, behind Brisbane Airport. The single-terminal airport is located in Coolangatta, 22km south of Surfers Paradise.

When you enter the airport, you’ll be guided to the baggage reclaim area. This is next to the meeting spot for public transport and the car hire desks.

Taxis from the airport work on a fixed fare basis. Some of the most popular destinations are:

  • $55 to Broadbeach
  • $65 to Surfers Paradise
  • $75 to Main Beach

Return flights from the Gold Coast to Melbourne

For your return flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne, you’ll find you have plenty of options to get to the airport. The Gold Coast has plenty of taxis that you can order, otherwise you can book a SkyBus shuttle or get a bus from Broadbeach South Tram Station.

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Please note: all information is correct as of November 2018.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.