How to Maximise Your Stay at the Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Sunset

Waiting at the airport for hours on end can be a pain in the neck, but not in the Gold Coast. For a regional airport, it has a surprising amount to offer.

Skytrax recognised Gold Coast as the best regional airport in Australia/Pacific at the 2017 World Airport Awards, while it’s recently added the unmanned check-in kiosks you’ll see across Asia, Europe and the US.

While Gold Coast won’t be giving Changi pause to break a sweat, there’s a surprising amount of shopping choice – not to mention other facilities. Here’s a few options while you’re there.

Victoria’s Secret

Girls, this is for you! You can shop for last-minute needs such as their famous fragrances, body care such as lotion and body creams, makeup, accessories, cosmetic cases, scarves, bags, sunglasses, leather goods and luggage – pretty much everything their famous fashion show is selling.

Sunglass Hut

It can get pretty hot and sunny in GC, so stock up! Sunglass Hut carry the best designer brands: Ray-Ban, Oakley, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Burberry, and more.


Love gadgets and electronics? Then go ahead and window-shop at Tech2Go! They have tech-accessory needs including headphones, earphones, cases, chargers, and of course, mobile phones and gaming gadgets.

French Connection

This globally-known fashion brand has a very unique and distinctive identity. Shop for their basic, classic women’s and menswear and never run out of things to wear during your trip.

Duty Free and Discover Gold Coast

Time to shop for souvenirs for your family and friends, and brands from booze to perfume. A bottle of Gold Coast’s Bundy rum is a classic souvenir.

Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski

A trip to the Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without surfing or diving. Shop for stylish gear here, as they offer pieces from leading brands such as Billabong, Hurley, Vans, Havaianas, and many more.

Cheap but Safe Airport Parking

Having friends or family pick you up? Tell them to park their cars at Gold Coast airport’s off-site parking lot! It’s cheaper and saves time.

Free WiFi

At Gold Coast, airport wifi comes totally free, so go ahead and check your email and social media.

Food and Drink

Gold Coast airport’s food offer may not be the most exciting, but if you haven’t tried Red Rooster, now’s your chance. There’s also a range of coffee shops and a licensed bar.

Massage Chairs

Just landed after a 16-hour flight? Go ahead and relax at one of the eight massage chairs!

Whether you’re waiting for friends or family to come and get you, or passing the time before a connecting flight, Gold Coast Airport is going to be better than you’d expect.

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