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Gold Coast Airport (OOL), also called Coolangatta Airport and about 20 kilometres from Surfers Paradise, has a growing number of flights. Destinations include Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington with Air New Zealand, Darwin and Mount Isa with Airnorth, Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia X, Adelaide, Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Newcastle, Osaka, Tokyo and Sydney with Jetstar Airways, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney with Tiger Airways Australia, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney and Townsville with Virgin Blue and Auckland with Pacific Blue.
Two local bus routes service the Gold Coast Airport, both of which are operated by Surfside Buslines.
Northbound buses include the 702 from Southport via Gold Coast Highway to Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Australia Fair, and the 761 from Varsity Lakes Rail via The Pines and then express to Varsity Lakes. Southbound there is bus 761 - Tweed Heads via Kirra and Coolangatta.
|Alexander Holiday Apartments||2943 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise||apartment||78|
|Backpackers In Paradise||40 Peninsular Drive||HOSTEL||81|
|Cheers Backpackers||8 Pine Avenue||Hostel||-|
|Gold Coast International Backpackers||28 Hamilton Avenue||Hostel||82|
|Islander Backpackers Resort||PO Box 344||Hostel||79|
|Sleeping Inn Backpackers||26 Peninsular Drive Surfers Paradise||Hostel||81|
|Surf n Sun Beachside Backpackers||3323 Surfers Paradise Blvd||Hostel||79|
|Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort||2837 Gold Coast Highway||Hostel||83|
|Trekkers Backpackers Resort||22 White St Southport||hostel||-|
|Aquarius Backpackers||44 Queen Street, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast, Queensland||Hostel||82|
|Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach||Mariner's Cove 70 Seaworld Drive Main Beach||Hostel||77|
|Couple O' Days Backpackers||18 Peninsular Drive Surfers Paradise||Hostel||82|
|President Holiday Apartments||29 Northcliffe tce||Apartment||79|
|Arrival Accommodation Centre||69 Queen St Southport||Hostel||-|
|Budds In Surfers||6 Pine Ave, Budds Beach||HOSTEL||-|
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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