When your destination is "famous for FUN", you have to expect that getting there is going to be chaotic. Add that to the fact that you'll be landing on one of the busiest airports in Australia, and you know that it's going to be a headache trying to get a cab to get to your hotel.
Get out of the airport as soon as you land, with a car hire Gold Coast service from Alpha. Let's be honest, do you really want to spend anymore time in the airport when you have so much to explore in Goldy? With a hire a car service, you have the freedom to go anywhere in the paradisal city of Gold Coast - anywhere and anytime. You also get the convenience of being picked up in the airport to get to our site on McLean Street, and you save yourself from the headache of needing to negotiate with cab drivers to lower the (typically) steep cab fares.
Your travels and holidays should be worry free so, apart from a good car, we also offer other road trip essentials like baby boosters, baby seats, and sat navs (GPS) for your convenience. No need to worry about the safety of small children as you drive off into the sunset, or getting lost in a hinterland somewhere.
Save yourself from the hectic airport traffic and, more importantly, save big money with an economy car rental Gold Coast service from Alpha Car Hire.
Gold Coast Airport
- Gold Coast Airport:
- 19 Ourimbah Rd,
- Tweed Heads NSW 2485
Aust - Free Call
NZ - Free Call
What Our Customers Have To Say
Very happy with everything.Palash , April 2015
Perfect rental job.Kenneth , April 2015
Hi, it was a great experience and I will use you again. Loved the car.Vicky , April 2015
Everything was awesome! This is the second survey in 2 weeks and we already have a $20 voucher. Hey, you can send another one. Thanks! - Don & Raeleen CornellRaeleen , April 2015
The Moorooka location did not provide pick up from comfort inn nathan. The actual location was rather tatty akin to a mechanic's shop; with the personnel, manager and counter staff, more concerned in finishing their conversation rather than acknowledging my presence. I recommend this be stepped up as not a good first impression following the courteous phone reservation agent.Chris , April 2015
Great car, great service!Keith , April 2015
Fantastic service! I will be choosing Alpha every car hire I need - this was the second time of a great deal and experience.Natasha , April 2015
Great service and very, very helpful.John , April 2015
Just perfect! Thanks very much Alpha.Saad , April 2015
Thank you for going the extra kilometre to drop me and my puppy off at toll air and thank you even more for kindly picking me up there and driving me to the domestic terminal. You saved me from a long walk on a hot day over terrain that looked fine on Google Maps, but was a mess of construction sites in reality. Best thing that happened to me through two frustrating days. Thank you so much bus driver.Suzanne , March 2015
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Free Shuttle Pick up at Gold Coast Airport
We value your comfort and convenience. This is why every time you book a car from Alpha, you get comfortable cars that are practically new. This is also why we don't want you to have to take a taxi ride to our depot from the airport. As an Alpha customer, you get deluxe service, starting with free transfer to and from our depot via our shuttle service. No need to worry about cab fares or getting through hectic airport traffic. We've got all of that covered.
Still not sure where to go first? Just ask one of our friendly local staff. They'll be more than happy to let you in on the best places to go in Goldy.
Gold Coast Locality Tips
There's always something exciting happening on each end (and everywhere in between) of Gold Coast. You can stay there for weeks and you'll still have so much that you'd want to do. Like many others, your biggest challenge in this bright, intoxicating land of endless fun and excitement will be figuring out what to do first. To help you out, here are some of our favourite places around the area:
135-137 Griffith Street, Coolangatta Queensland 4225
If you, like many people, feel knots and muscle tightness after long flights, this should be one of your first stops:
Let go of your mind and let your body be relaxed and pampered at OmSari Spa. Kate Wallace, the OmSari Spa founder, brings you "a little bit of heaven" with a serene, aromatic environment that calms your body, mind, and spirit. From stress-busting massages, to rejuvenating facials, to natural scrubs and treatments, to amazing mani-pedis, to even waxing; man or woman, you're sure to find a treatment to soothe your body and revitalize your spirit.
For a complete pampering experience, you can pre-book a table for a champagne breakfast before your treatment or an energizing lunch after.
Release all that stress and tension for working so hard for so long, and surrender to the tranquility of OmSari Spa. For inquiries, visit omsarispa.com.au.
Gold Coast Highway, Tugun, Queensland
There are so many beautiful beaches in Goldy that create quite the buzz and are perfect for people who want to play all day and party all night. But there are also the more laid-back beaches where people just want to soak up the warm Gold Coast sunshine and breathe in the salty sea breeze; one of them is Tugun Beach.
Take a long walk along the peaceful seaside. Enjoy the contrast of soft, warm sand between your toes, cooled by gentle waves touching the shore. Smile at the children playing at the little paddle pools during the low tide. Connect with the friendly locals. Have a good afternoon run. Admire the luxurious oceanfront apartments and the cozy holiday units. Get in with the cafe culture, and try one of the laid-back coffee shops with fast, healthy food. All of these give you a peek at the daily life of the people lucky enough to be living there. But the best treat around those parts? Watch the Tugun sunset while munching on fish and chips. It's a great way to end a relaxing day.
Escape from the busy city life and have a taste of the laid-back beachside life in Tugun Beach.
Gold Coast Skydive
1/78 Musgrave Street Kirra Queensland 4225
Are you ready to take the leap?
Fly through Goldy's brilliant blue sky with the only Tandem Skydive Operation in Gold Coast: the Gold Coast Skydive. Enjoy personalised service and the staff's complete and undivided attention from the time you book, to the time you say goodbye. Let your tandem instructor calm your fears once you get to the office (not when you're about to get on the plane), with their exciting stories and witticisms. Get your adrenaline pumping as your plane takes off on the same runway as passenger planes. Take in the gorgeous scenes of Gold Coast as your plane rises, and etch them into your mind as you take that wicked dive.
First time jumper or not, you're going to love the leap and the extraordinary view as you take to the Gold Coast air. Fly high with Gold Coast Skydive. For bookings and inquiries, visit goldcoastskydive.com.au
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
Gold Coast Highway Corner of Oxley Drive, Biggera Waters, Queensland 4216
If you think that the fun in Gold Coast is all about beaches and theme parks; think again. This beautiful coastal city is home to Australia's largest outlet shopping centre. The shopaholic in you will be singing "Hallelujah" as you walk along this gigantic centre of over 220 stores with the best of local and international fashion.
As if the idea of shopping all day doesn't already make your heart flutter; Harbour Town ups the game by giving tourists a dedicated lounge where they can have coffee, tea, and more importantly, a discount card. Yes, you get discounts on already great prices. Remember that these factory outlets sell the items at well below recommended retail prices.
When you've had your fill of shopping, head out to one of their many restaurants or cafes to recharge. But if you want a different kind of dining experience, try the Gold Lounge at their cinema. You don't just get dinner and a show. You can the the complete package: champagne, a cheese platter, a full menu to choose from (with quick bites, savoury meals, and desserts), and even reclining chairs. If you just want to watch a movie, they also have cinemas in 2D and 3D.
Whether you're into beachy and boho chic, classic and classy, eccentric and edgy, or even flirty and feminine; Harbour Town in Gold Coast is going to be your nirvana for amazing fashion and even better deals.
For more information, go to harbourtowngoldcoast.com.au.
Paradise Jet Boating
Shop 7b Mariners Cove Marina 60 Seaworld Drive, Queensland 4217
What happens when you mix exciting theme park rides with a gigantic jet boat? Two words: Broadwater Adventure.
Get your adrenaline pumping with the Broadwater Adventure by Paradise Jet Boating. Experience an intoxicating mixture of insane speed, thrilling turns, and stunning scenery with full 360degree spins, drifting, and other exciting maneuvers on open water. Marvel as you swish past the luxurious mansions of Sovereign Island. Watch out for dolphins as you pass through Moreton Bay Marine Park. Laugh as your designated driver entertains you with jokes and colourful commentary. It's heaps of fun, so make sure that you go for this theme park-like open water adventure, whenever you're around the Marina area.
A word of caution: You will get wet. Getting drenched with seawater is half the fun. The only downside is that you can't bring any of your valuables with you, but they do provide locker boxes for everyone.
Paradise Jet Boating is Australia's only ECO Australia and T-QUAL certified jetboat tour. Whenever you take one of their Broadwater Adventure rides, you're supporting a company that commits to quality experience, great service, customer safety, and ECO sustainability.
For more information, visit their website at paradisejetboating.com.au.
Warner Bros Movie World
Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Queensland 4210
From thrill rides to family friendly fun, there's bound to be something exciting for everyone in the Warner Bros Movie World.
Ready your laser blasters and join the Justice League in an epic battle with Starro the Conqueror and his army of alien spores. Take on one of the steepest (roller coaster) drops in the world with tight corners and outward banked turns, as you zip through on the Green Lantern Coaster. Face one of the most twisted criminals in the world, The Joker, and strap on as you rocket through the Arkham Asylum with stomach-churning inversions and speeds up to 85kph. Run with Scooby Doo and go "ruh roe" as the ghosts, ghouls, and gargoyles jump out to get you in the Spooky Coaster.
Worried that your kid may be too young or too scared to go on the rides? No worries. Movie World offers the "Parent Swap" service where one parent or guardian can wait with a child while the other enjoys the ride. When the first person is done, the second person is allowed to go to the front of the line to enjoy the ride too. What's more is that there are zones specially made for the little ones. Give your kid a hands-on experience on being behind the wheel with the Main Street driving course. Join Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a magical world of cartoons in the Fun Zone. Help Wile E. Coyote catch Road Runner on the family friendly Road Runner Rollercoaster.
When you've had your fill of rides, watch the best stunt crew in the country do death-defying stunts, as your Director takes you behind the scenes of an action blockbuster on Hollywood Stunt Driver 2.
All that excitement will definitely build up your appetite so head out to one of their many cafes, restaurants, and concession stands for a quick bite, a refreshing frozen drink, some fun desserts, or even big, savoury meals. Before you leave, make sure to get a souvenir or two in one of the many boutiques and memorabilia stores spread throughout the theme park..
Get ready for a day of heroes, villains, fantasy, and fun. For more information, visit movieworld.com.au.
Gold Coast Locality Tips
Local Goldy Time
Gold Coast follows Eastern Standard Time (EST - GMT +10); this means that Goldy does not follow daylight savings time.
From QLD to NSW
If you're around Goldy, remember that it's right in the middle of Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales, so crossing states is relatively easy. Just be sure that you know which tolls you'll be passing through and that you register your vehicle. Tollpay conveniently offers tags and road passes that work with all Australian tolls.
Remember that it's practically summer almost all year round in Gold Coast. Bring loads of sunscreen and slap some on every few hours. If you forget to bring sunscreen, aloe vera helps soothe sunburns. Don't be fooled by overcast days, they will still burn you.
Bring a tube of lip balm with SPF with you. This way you get to protect your lips from harsh UV rays, and keep them from getting chapped. Insect or Mozzie repellant is a must if you're going camping. Lightweight clothing should be your staple, even during the winter. If you're the type who easily gets chilly, a jacket on top of lightweight clothing will suffice.
Gold Coast Toll Roads
When a city is buzzing with so much life and tourism, you know it's bound to get a little hectic on the roads. Beat the bustling city traffic by accessing the tolls of Queensland.
Toll roads include:
- Clem Jones Tunnel
- Logan Motorway
- Airport Link
- Go-Between Bridge
- Gateway Motorway
Remember to register your car, settle all payments, and grab a road pass through the GoVia website. If you're not sure how to do this online, feel free to ask one of our awesome Alpha staff for help when you pick up your car!
Parking in Gold Coast
Since the boom of tourism around the Gold Coast, the government has installed several new parking machines to cater to the needs of the locals and tourists. Just be sure to park only in designated areas. Find out exactly where they are in Gold Coast's City Parking Map. To make sure you don't get fined for breaking any parking rules, check out Gold Coast's Safe and legal parking tips.
There's so much to see and even more to do in Gold Coast. Check out our Gold Coast and Coolangatta pages for more must-see attractions. With everything that you're going to want to do in Goldy, you'd want to save as much as you can on things like transportation. Spend more for the fun stuff in this golden paradise with a cheap car hire Gold Coast Airport service. No dealing with hectic airport traffic. No hassle with haggling prices with cab drivers. No stress with hidden charges. Get the best deals on comfortable, modern, and reliable cars. Rent a car from Alpha today!