Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You need to apply for one of three Australian Visitor Visas which allow you to stay in Australia for up to three months at a time: an ETA Visa (processing less than 1 day) Free with a $20AUD online processing fee; an eVisitor Visa (processing 2 days) Free; or a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) cost $140 AUD (16 to 27 days processing time). You can apply online by creating an ImmiAccount or by contacting your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate.
There are two major airports in south east Queensland, the largest of the two is in the state capital’s airport is Brisbane International Airport (BNE) and is 90km (56mi) north of the Gold Coast. The other is the Gold Coast (OOL) airport which services six international airlines and the main domestic airlines. Many airlines fly directly into these two airports which is the most convenient option for International competitors, as flying into Sydney or Melbourne will require the hassle of adding an extra domestic flight to the already exhausting long haul flights.
GOLD COAST AIRPORT (OOL)
This small international airport is the most convenient for anglers to arrive at, however, it is only serviced internationally by the following airlines. Air Asia has a service form Kuala Lumpur; Scoot from Singapore; Air Asia X, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia from Auckland in New Zealand; and Jetstar flies in from Tokyo, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
Most Australian domestic airlines fly directly to the Gold Coast airport form the major capital cities including Sydney and Melbourne. International flights that arrive in Cairns (CNS) in far North Queensland also have connecting domestic flights to the Gold Coast.
BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL AIPORT (BNE)
Brisbane’s international terminal services most major airlines and sees thousands of people travel to major airports around the world every day. There are car services taking you into Brisbane city, as well as a reliable bus and train service making regular runs into the CBD or travel direct to the Gold Coast by hire care or train.
Flying direct from Brisbane is the quickest route to places like New York, Canada, the South Pacific and several destinations in Asia from Australia. With over 30 international destinations direct, Brisbane connects you to the world without the need to travel through Sydney or Melbourne.
There are plenty of cities with direct routes to and from Brisbane – including but not limited to: Kuala Lumpur flying Malaysian Airlines; Shenzhen flying Hainan Airlines; Singapore flying Singapore Airlines; Vancouver flying Air Canada; Dubai flying Emirates; Shanghai flying China Eastern; Manila flying Philippine Airlines; Bali flying Malindo Air; London flying Emirates; New Zealand flying Virgin Australia; Vancouver flying Air Canada; Shanghai flying China Eastern; Hawaii flying Hawaiian Airlines; Bangkok flying Thai Airways; Taipei flying China Airlines; Los Angeles flying Qantas and Virgin Australia.
CAIRNS (CNS) – cairnsairport.com.au
Cairns Airport has two passenger terminals, one for domestic flights and the second for international.
Some anglers may wish to take the opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef and far North Queensland on their stay in Australia. Cairns is the key location to discover the delights of this region and its airport is serviced by Australia’s domestic carriers ( Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair) that fly to and from the Gold Coast, linking up with international carriers from the following destinations:
Air New Zealand – Auckland; Air Niugini – Port Moresby; Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong; China Southern Airlines – Guangzhou; Hainan Airlines – Shenzhen; Jetstar – Tokyo, Osaka and Bali; and Singapore Airlines – Singapore.
AIRLINE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS
It is more practical to bring multi-piece or travel rods which are more compact and shorter. However, if you are bringing one-piece fishing rods, the length of your rods can cause issues with some airlines. You will need to know how long your rods (packaged) will be before you book a flight, or you may have unforeseen problems. Airlines have length limits on their baggage, which not only varies between carriers, but also, a single airline may have different sizes allowable from one type of plane to another.
You need to check the type of aircraft that you will be flying on and if you are changing planes what variations may occur in length limits allowable. Most airlines require your rods to be in a rod tube if not a PVC tube with screw on closures at each end. Extra baggage charges may apply with excessive fees by some airlines. It is often cheaper to purchase pre-paid extra bags before you get to the airport. Check with your airline or travel agent before booking.
MAXIMUM LENGTH EXAMPLES: (Please check with your airline for changes to these examples!!)
- Virgin Australia: A330 and B737: 3.0m (9.84252 ft) | ATR72: 1.8m (5.90551 ft)
- Jetstar Airways (JQ): A320: 2.3m (7.54593 ft) | A321- 1.9m (6.2336 ft) and 787: 2.77m (9.087927 ft)
- Jetstar Pacific (BL): 2.0m (6.56168 ft)
- Qantas: 2.77m (9.087927)
- Tigerair: 1.90m (6.2336 ft) domestic and 3.0m (9.84252 ft) International
- Air New Zealand: 2.2m (7.21785 ft)
- Air Canada: No limit but check with your airline for changes
- Air China: No limit but check with your airline for changes
TRAVELLING FROM AIRPORTS TO THE EVENT VENUE
TAKING CARE WHILE DRIVING IN AUSTRALIA
In Australia, motorists must carry their driver’s licence, at all times, while driving. The driver’s seat and steering wheel are on the right side of the vehicle. Motorists must drive on the LEFT side of the road and give way to vehicles on their right.
Police heavily patrol roads in Australia, there are also fixed speed cameras on the side of roads, and in all police vehicles, which can detect your speed in either direction. Stick to the speed limits!
The use of mobile (cell) phones while driving is not permitted and is heavily patrolled for and the fines are hefty. Phones may be used if connected through Bluetooth and used with a handsfree kit.
The limit for alcohol consumption while driving is .05, equal to one and a half standard drinks. Remember roadside breath tests for alcohol and drugs are regularly carried out in Australia and all highway patrol officers regularly carry out breath tests when a driver is pulled over.
There are plenty of car hire operators throughout Queensland, particularly in airports and tourist centres. Anywhere you find an information centre you’ll be able to arrange for the rental of a hire car. Because of rods and baggage, a van or larger vehicle may be necessary.
The five major car rental companies are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty and order direct from the supplier. More importantly you can organise pick up and drop off at any of their locations; you don’t have to return the car where you picked it up. All offer a 24-hour emergency breakdown service.
While it is possible to hire a vehicle on arrival, if you want to secure a particular type of vehicle, then booking it in advance would be the best option.
All marked taxis have meters in Australia. All standard taxis carry a maximum of 4 passengers. You can book a taxi by phone, go to a marked taxi stand on the side of the road, or hail down a passing taxi if it is available. Cabs can be booked directly by phoning 131 008.
Gold Coast Cabs Website
Taxi Fare Calculator
An approximate charge for a taxi from Brisbane Airport to Southport is $ 180 – 250 AUD. (82km – 62minutes travelling time). An approximate charge for a taxi from Gold Coast Airport to the event accommodation in Southport is around $95 – 135 AUD.
Uber vehicles are widely available in Australia, although an Uber trip from Brisbane airport to the Southport on the Gold Coast will cost upwards of $120 – $160 AUD and you would need to make sure they are able to carry your rods and luggage. Uber XL will cost in the area of $177 – $234 AUD.
Brisbane Airtrain departs Brisbane Airport for the Gold Coast every 15min during peak and 30min in off peak hours. Approximate cost for the trip is $63 return with online discount. You will be able to take your rods and luggage on the train. You will need to transfer to a tram (Light rail system) at Helensvale.
Route: International Airport Station to Gold Coast (change at Helensvale Station, transfer to a Tram to Southport Station) The event site is a 1km walk from Southport Station.
The tram (light rail) operates from 5am to midnight on weekdays and throughout weekends. The route links Helensvale, Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach with a 7.5minute service between 7am and 7pm weekdays.
Use the links below to plan your journey.