Sleeping in Airports

Gold Coast Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Gold Coast Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Don’t even try, it is not worth loosing a night hoping that you will manage to stay in.
– Martin

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Gold Coast Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small and relaxed single terminal regional airport with a good variety of shopping and dining options.
  • Amenities such as luggage storage, massage chairs and duty free shopping are available.
  • Economy class passengers can find comfort in one of the lounges that are accessible with an airline membership. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.
  • The airport provides free WiFi. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Sleeping is not permitted inside the terminal or on airport property when the airport is closed for the night.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

The airport is open from 4:30AM – 11:00PM. Overnight stays are not permitted on airport property, and the airport terminal is locked down for security reasons from 11:00PM – 4:30AM.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program (ie. Qantas Club or Virgin Australia). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Qantas Club – Location: Airside. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Virgin Australia Lounge – Location: Airside, Domestic Departures, adjacent to Gates 1 and 2. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Virgin Australia Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Gold Coast Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • La Costa Motel – (2 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 15 minutes from 4:30AM to 11:00PM (must be pre-booked). » Check Rates
  • Gold Coast Airport Motel – (5 minute walk from the airport) Located 350m from the airport. Free transfer to the airport, upon request. » Check Rates
  • Bilinga Beach Motel – (3 minute drive from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Coolangatta YHA – Located 500m from the airport. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Gold Coast Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Gold Coast Airport. Internet kiosks are also available for a fee.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, oeprated by Travelex, are available. A few machines dispense foreign currency (New Zealand Dollars, Australian Dollars and Japanese Yen). Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: 3 Landside and 3 Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – Parents Rooms are available throughout the airport. There are also a limited number of free-to-use strollers at the check-in counters.

Baggage Services – Baggage wrapping & weighing, online visa application, travel items for sale, and limited business services are available at the SmarteCarte Baggage Services kiosk. Location: near Check-In.

Currency Exchange – Two Travelex foreign exchange kiosks serve the airport (Landside, International Arrivals • Airside, Departures Lounge). In addition, Travelex ATMs dispense NZD, AUD and Japanese Yen from locations throughout the airport. Hours: Open year-round for all arriving and departing flights.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, as well as a selection of shops.

Food & Drinks – Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Food options include: Aromas • Blackstone Bar & Lounge • FIX • Hungry Jacks • Noodle Box • NRG Express • The Coast Cafe and Bar • Red Rooster • SumoSalad • Velocity Espresso & Bar • Velluto Espresso & Bar • Zoom

Information Desk – Got a question about your travel plans in the area? Gold Coast Tourist Centre may be of assistance. Location: across from the car rental counters.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Single-use lockers are available for rent in a self-service facility at the airport. Rates are per 24-hour period (in $AUD): $10 (small) • $12 (medium) • $14 (large). Location: Opposite the car rentals office towards the front of the central walkway from the main parking lot. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Luggage Wrapping – Yes, see “Baggage Services” above

Massage Chairs – Massage chairs are available throughout the airport for a small fee.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us there are some power outlets at domestic arrivals directly across the Hertz stand.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Showers are available in the Qantas and Virgin Australia Lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

The airport is open from 4:30AM until the last flight of the day has cleared. Overnight stays are not permitted on airport property, and the airport terminal is locked down for security reasons from 11:00PM – 4:30AM.

As of May 2019, Gold Coast airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Air New Zealand • Jetstar • Qantas Airways • Tigerair • Scoot • Virgin Australia.

TransLink bus line 760 runs every 30 minutes, links the airport to Varsity Lakes train station, where frequent train service is available to/from Brisbane. TransLink bus line 777 runs daily, every 15 minutes from 7:00AM – 7:00PM, to Broadbeach South tram station, where connections can be made to other bus lines or G: trams for Surfers Paradise and Southport. Try a Go Card or Go Explore integrated travel cards for discounted and convenient travel on public transportation.

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty.

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Gold Coast Airport Motel   •   La Costa Motel.

SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle connects the airport to the Gold Coast’s most popular tourist locations. The service is available for all flights, seven days a week. For more information, visit the SkyBus website.

Gold Coast Cabs operates at a taxi rank directly outside of the airport terminal.

Last updated: 2019-05-17

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.