Gold Coast FAQs

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Area geography

Gold Coast is a subtropical coastal city located in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia. Gold Coast stretches from the southern end of Logan City to the southern part of Coolangatta in New South Wales for about 40 miles. Gold Coast has a long coastline and many beaches and waterways; one of the primary reasons for its popularity as a holiday destination. The rainforest hinterlands in the west of Gold Coast are also very popular among tourists from all over the world.

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Australia’s currency is Australian Dollar ($).You can get your currency exchanged at the ATMs and also at the Coolangatta Airport’s bureau de change desk. Most of the banks in the city exchange foreign currency; however, the time taken might differ from one bank to another.

You would have no difficulty in finding ATMs in Gold Coast as they are fairly well-distributed all over the city. Credit Cards are widely accepted at all restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shops in Gold Coast.

Cellular service for tourists

To avoid high roaming charges while travelling in Gold Coast, you can buy a local Australian pre-paid SIM card from one of the many mobile services providers in Gold Coast. You can also rent an international phone in Gold Coast on a weekly or monthly basis (depending upon your needs).

Wifi internet

In Gold Coast, accessing Wifi connections is an easy task. You can avail free wireless Wifi services in the in most of the cafes and bars, hotels and also at the airport.

Drinking laws

The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years.

Tipping

Tipping is generally not expected in Gold Coast and has not been a norm historically. Most of the Gold Coast citizens generally do not tip. Even in a restaurant you are not expected to tip the waiters; however, tipping is definitely appreciated. You are expected to round up a taxi fare to the next dollar.

Custom visa

On arrival at Australian Immigration and Customs

Upon arrival in Australia, foreign citizens must present their passport and completed Incoming Passenger Card to a Customs and Border Protection officer before collecting their baggage.

Declarations and Allowances

Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (excluding fur and perfume concentrates) may be brought into Australia in your accompanied baggage, free from duty and tax.

Personal goods are free from duty and tax if they are:

  • Owned and used by you overseas for 12 months or more
  • Imported temporarily (a security may be required by Customs and Border Protection)

There are certain restrictions on the amount of alcohol and tobacco products that may be transported into Australia under duty free regulations:

  • If you are aged 18 years or over you can bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products (duty-free) into Australia with you
  • If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages (duty-free) into Australia with you

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

  • The following information broadly outlines what goods are prohibited or restricted –
  • Anabolic or androgenic substances         
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Antibiotics          
  • Fish and toothfish
  • ANZAC
  • Fly swatters/mosquito bats - electronic
  • Asbestos            
  • Growth hormones and substances of human or animal origin
  • Australian flag and coats of arms              
  • Hazardous waste
  • Cat and dog fur products             
  • Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs)
  • Ceramic ware - glazed   
  • Incandescent lamps
  • Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)      
  • Kava
  • Chemical weapons         
  • Knives and daggers
  • Chewing tobacco and oral snuff
  • Laser pointers
  • Cigarette lighters            
  • Money boxes, novelty - toxic materials

Safety

This city has a low crime rate and therefore it is considered a safe city. However, petty crimes like pick pocketing or bag snatching are common. As such, it is important to always be cautious of the surroundings and avoid few dangerous areas.

General information

Languages spoken

English

Time zones

GMT +10 hours

Major religions

Christianity

Domestic international calling codes

Country code for Australia: +617

Electricity standards

240V AC, 50Hz | 3-flat-pin plug

Emergency numbers

Gold Coast Hospital
Phone: (07) 5519 8211

 

Missing Persons
Phone: 1800 000 634

 

Pound - Animal Welfare League
Phone: (07) 5581 7600

 

Counselling Lifeline
Phone: 13 11 14

 

Crime Stoppers
Phone: 1800 333 000

 

Citizens' Advice Bureau
Phone: (07) 5532 9611

 

Taxi
Phone: 13 10 08

 

Buses
Phone: (07) 5574 5111

 

Traffic Info line - Gold Coast Traffic Management Centre
Phone: 13 19 40