By / 28th April, 2015 / Things To Do / Off

Getting around when you stay at Turtle Beach Resort

Located in the heart of the Gold Coast at Mermaid Beach, the Turtle Beach Resort is in a perfect position to access public transport.

Public transport on the Gold Coast is a well-integrated system with buses, trams and trains providing direct and connecting routes for holidaying families looking to get anywhere in the local area, to and from the theme parks, or the surrounding region. There’s even a bus stop directly in front of your accommodation at the Turtle Beach Resort on the Gold Coast Highway.

All South East Queensland’s public transport is handled by go cards, which you can purchase at a range of retail stores, newsagents and 7-Elevens. You simply scan your go card when you step on and off any buses, trains or trams and the fare is debited. These cards can be topped up online, by phone or at major stations, making for easy, cashless transport.

Gold Coast Buses

With over 60 bus routes throughout the City of Gold Coast, many of which are turn up and go services operating every 15 minutes, there are plenty of ways to get around the holiday strip.

Depending on the route, there are buses that pick up from the stop in front of Turtle Beach Resort as early as 4:30am, maintaining regular runs through to 10pm. There are even extra services throughout the weekend, holiday periods and during special events to ensure transport is available to everyone. You can check the Translink website for routes, bus stop locations and timetables.

Light Rail (G:link)

The Gold Coast has a new Light Rail G:link system connecting the holiday strip with 16 stops along a 13km route from the Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach. While the last tram stop is just up the road from Turtle Beach Resort, you can easily get there on the 700 or 777 buses which run every 8 minutes and take only 3 minutes to get you to the Broadbeach South Station. Alternatively, it is only a 20 minute walk straight up the Gold Coast Highway.

Gold Coast G:link TramsThe G:link stations include;

  • Broadbeach South
  • Broadbeach North
  • Florida Gardens
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Cavill Avenue
  • Cypress Avenue
  • Surfers Paradise North
  • Main Beach
  • Broadwater Parklands
  • Southport South
  • Southport
  • Nerang Street
  • Queen Street
  • Griffith University
  • Gold Coast University Hospital

The trams run from 5am to midnight on weekdays, stopping every 15 minutes throughout the day, and every 7 and a half minutes during peak times, ensuring you’ll never be waiting too long for a ride. On weekends they also run every 30 minutes from midnight to 5am.

How would I get my family to and from the theme parks?

Translink has runs the TX1 and TX2 buses to and from the theme parks daily. You’ll need to catch the 700 or 777 bus from Turtle Beach Resort to Broadbeach South station, and from there straight to Wet’n’Wild, Movieworld and Dreamworld.

The first run to the theme parks is at 8:35am and the return trip first picks up at Dreamworld at 12:30pm, running until the last pick up at 6:10pm.

Gold Coast Trains

The train line isn’t generally used to get around locally on the Gold Coast, more to connect the Gold Coast with other locations throughout Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Buses and trams that connect with train stations can be caught in the following stations.

  • Varsity Lakes
  • Robina
  • Nerang
  • Helensvale
  • Coomera
  • Ormeau
  • Beenleigh

Trains leaving Varsity Lakes Station (the start/end of the line) start at 4:10am and run through until the last train at 11:40pm. From here you can travel in to Brisbane central and as far as the Sunshine Coast with a connecting train.

Useful Public Transport Links

Translink Journey Planner

Gold Coast Light Rail Schedule

Gold Coast Bus Timetables

Go Card Retailers