Whether you're arriving early for a flight out of Gold Coast Airport or you have a few hours to kill on a stopover, you don't need to hang around the terminal all day when the charms of the Gold Coast are just a short walk away. Kirra Beach Tourist Park
World-famous Kirra Beach is within walking distance of the airport. As the home of Queensland's original surf club, the variety of waves along the beach offer ideal conditions for amateurs and experts alike, or you can relax on the sand while you wait for your flight.
If you're arriving late at night or you have a flight to catch the next day, Kirra Beach Tourist Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, as well as guest facilities including barbecue and picnic areas, a saltwater pool, kids' play area and recreation room. World Class Surfing
It isn't just Kirra Beach that attracts surfers, as nearby Coolangatta Beach, the Greenmount headland, the Snapper Rocks at Rainbow Bay and Duranbah also offer excellent conditions. You'll never be stuck for places to hire a board along the beachfront, and if you're a beginner or fancy developing your skills, you can sign up for a lesson with a professional instructor. Spot a Whale
If you're visiting the Gold Coast during the whale migration season between June and November, one of the best places to spot these elegant creatures off the coast is from the lookout at Point Danger, heading up from Rainbow Bay. This spot is also notable for being on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, meaning you can plant a foot in each state at the same time – and even straddle an international time zone in the summer. Coolangatta Art and Craft Markets
If you have a creative streak or a love for arts and crafts, you'll be spoiled for choice when heading to Coolangatta beachfront on the second Sunday of the month, when the area turns into a bustling market of handmade souvenirs and fresh produce. More than 150 stalls sell everything under the sun between 8:00am and 2:30pm. Shopping and Dining at The Strand
Coolangatta's premier shopping
destination is just minutes away from Gold Coast Airport, whether you prefer to travel by taxi or catch the local 700 or 768 bus to Marine Parade. You won't have to settle for overpriced airport food when you can browse a wide selection of beachfront restaurants to suit every taste and budget, from Australian favourites to authentic Japanese cuisine and Italian gelato.
You can also indulge in some retail therapy or take care of last-minute shopping at a selection of retailers, from boutique fashion to discount electrical goods, supermarkets and travel agents, or catch a movie at the six-screen Birch Carroll and Coyle Coolangatta cinema
Whenever you're scheduled to land at or fly out of Gold Coast Airport, check out the upcoming events calendar
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