Car Hire Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast airport or Coolangatta airport, is an Australian domestic and international airport. The runway lies on the border between Queensland and New South Wales. If you have some down time while waiting for flights, why not check out some the many shopping options available, or sit down for a meal at one of the convenient places to eat? If you’re flying with children, there’s no need to fret, as there are stores offering plenty of distractions for kids too. The airport offers free wifi access, giving you the opportunity to keep on top of those emails, or surf the web.

Renting a car from the Gold Coast airport will give you access to enjoy not only the Coast itself, Surfers Paradise and the Hinterland, but Brisbane too - a short 45 minute drive north. Head south instead and the Pacific Motorway gives you access to New South Wales including Byron Bay. Our experienced and friendly staff can get you into a great deal on a hire car to suit any budget, plus our free airport transfers give you convenient access to our depot to collect your vehicle.

The Coast has mild winters and warm and humid summers, providing visitors with a humid, subtropical climate. Surrounding areas earnt the name of “the Summer blues” due to large amounts of summer precipitation (while winters are warm and fairly dry). Visit the Queensland Weather and Warnings page for more info.

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Gold Coast Airport

  • Gold Coast Airport:
  • 41 Mclean St,
  • Coolangatta, QLD 4225
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Popular Guides for the Gold Coast Airport:

Check out our 12 hours at the Gold Coast guide where you can surf at the Currumbin followed by dining at Q1. At Q1 you can see the panoramic view. From here, make your way from North to South Burleigh.

Don’t forget to check out these guides offering places to see, theme parks, beaches, and lots more! Make the most of your cheap car rental Gold Coast Airport.

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Adding Further Destinations to Your Adventure?

There’s plenty to see and do on a visit to Queensland the Sunshine State. Check out our Queensland Itineraries to help you plan your trip! Cheap hire cars Gold Coast were never more useful.

Want to know how far one Australian city is from another? Our Driving Distances guide can help you calculate your trip.

When renting a car in Australia, it’s always helpful to be aware of certain driving related issues. Check out our Top 10 Car Hire Tips. If you’re new to driving in Australia, don’t worry but be prepared. We can help you with a few helpful tips before you take off on your adventure. Having knowledge about our speed limits, our drink driving laws, and international drivers licenses are some things that can alter your trip if you are unaware. See our Driving Tips for Australia guide for more info.

Toll Roads:

There is a network of toll roads for you to choose from when travelling in Queensland. The toll roads include the Gateway Motorway, Logan Motorway, Clem Jones (CLEM7) Tunnel and the Go Between Bridge, Airport LinkM7. These toll roads will help cause less wear and tear on your vehicle as well as improved travel, so you don’t need to worry anymore about not being able to see as much of the area as you wanted to. Visit our How to Pay Your Toll page for more info.

Free Transfers:

Our airport location gives convenient access to terminals, only minutes away. We offer our customers free airport transfers which save our customers costly airport taxes and high fees for locality. Our employees are both friendly and local, so can assist with local knowledge if are stuck for holiday ideas.

Local Attractions:

Top 5 places you must see when at the Gold Coast Airport:

  1. Surfers Paradise
    1. Visit the jewel of the area! Here you’ll find a perfect blend of not only the city but also the beach lifestyle.
  2. The WRX Experience
    1. Experience the thrill of driving a rally tuned 350hp Subaru WRX! Don’t forget to race off road karts built for all ages.
  3. Balloon Down Under
    1. Enjoy the stunning views in a memorable way using a hot air balloon!
  4. Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails
    1. The Valley is fun for all ages offering a unique range of horse riding trails and lessons, abseiling, rock-climbing, caving, bushwalking, and farm activities amongst tracts of mountains, caves, rivers and rainforest.
  5. Movie World
    1. Check out the only Australian movie related theme park. You can experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood right here! Meet your favourite stars while enjoying behind-the-scenes action as well as comedy stunts and exhilarating rides.

Hotels and Accommodation:

Most of the accommodation can be found in the city. To see the wide range of available accommodation including hotels, motels, backpackers and serviced apartments that will suit every budget, check out our accommodation listing. Get from your accommodation to your destination in a cheap convinient rental.

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The Gold Coast is on the Eastern Standard Time (EST): GMT + 10 hours. Queensland does not have daylight savings time.

About Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Airport

When you fly into the Airport, chances are you are going to need to hire a car. Why spend extra money hiring from the airport companies with fees and charges that you don't need? Alpha Car Hire offers cheap competitive rates on new vehicles and they pride themselves on their customer service.

Alpha Car Hire Coolangatta is less than five kms from the terminals and provides a free shuttle bus from the terminals to their depot to save you more money that you can spend on your holiday, a cheap shuttle is a free shuttle!. Whether you are staying local or taking a drive to the Gold Coast or Byron Bay, we have a vehicle to suit your needs and budget.


Famous for its stunning beaches, theme parks and scenic rainforests the Gold Coast attracts more than 10 million tourists a year. Many travellers are keen to see what the region has to offer and experience first-hand the sun, surf and sand.

The laid back attitude of the Gold Coast carries through to many of its famous beaches – Main Beach, The ‘Spit’ and Broadbeach, all are within arm’s reach of each other. In Surfers Paradise, Cavill Avenue has something for everyone whether you want to shop, visit Ripley's Believe It or Not or stop and have a quick bite. This is a great place to start. With lots of designer brand and souvenir stores, great restaurants and pubs, it's all in the one street.

When parking your rental car, check to see that you have a valid parking ticket from one of the meters. Keep an eye on the time, but if you miss topping up, chances are it’s already been topped up by one of our lovely Meter Maids.

Theme Parks

Regardless of how old you are, you are bound to have lots of fun at one of the famous theme parks and there really is something for everyone. The biggest theme park on the Gold Coast is Dreamworld , with over 27 rides, animal exhibits, shows and merchandise stores. Dreamworld lends its backyard to the TV show ‘Big Brother’ and has a water park next door, White Water World. Main attractions include The Giant Drop, Tiger Island, Tower of Terror and the Claw.

Movie World, as the name suggests is a movie related theme park with rides such as the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Superman Escape and Looney Tunes Splash Zone. Take a photo with your favourite characters and then watch the superheros and villains for the Star Parade. The Hollywood Stunt Driver show is a must-see with real movie effects and stunts that you need to see to believe!

Next door is Wet ‘n‘ Wild which has heated water in winter, so there is never a reason not to go. From a lazy float around Calypso Beach and the giant wave pool, to the speed of the AquaLoop and Kamikaze rides, there is something your speed.

Sea World is a theme park you can literally live at for your whole trip as they have Sea World Nara Resort joined to the theme park. There are the thrill rides and the water park but Sea World is better known for their amazing animal exhibits. Whether you are seeing the adorable penguins and polar bears, swimming with the sharks or watching one of the live shows, there is something that will leave you amazed.

Exploring Northern NSW

For a relaxing yet amazing experience, we recommend to head to Northern NSW as there are a lot of travel destinations that get forgotten about. Tweed Heads is the first town past the Queensland border and home of two unique sites – Point Danger and Captain Cook Memorial.

Stop by Byron Bay, a popular destination for backpackers and young tourists because of the stunning views of the beaches. The Buddha Restaurant and O-Sushi are popular places to dine or you could jump aboard whale watching tour to experience these playful creatures. For something different why not go for a night vision walk to see the nocturnal animals in their national habitat. Byron Bay also plays host to the popular Blues & Roots Festival and Splendour in the grass which attracts people from all over the country.

Another destination in Northern NSW is Tamworth, home of the 2nd biggest Country Music Festival in the world. Yamba, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Port Macquarie are all part of the Northern New South Wales region.

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