If you are planning to travel to the Gold Coast or to Australia from overseas there are various things you need to consider and plan before you leave for your holiday. It is important to know when the best time is to travel, are there any government security warnings for your destination, what documents will you need, do you need any immunization shots, where are the most popular destinations to visit, how long can you stay on your visa, what is the best transport to take to get from destination to destination and so on.
This page lists various information websites that are useful travel resources for national and international visitors to Australia and the Gold Coast.
International Travel Resources
Australia.com: Everything you need to know about Australian tourism and its breathtaking destinations
Travel Documents for Entry to Australia: Everyone travelling to Australia must present a valid and approved travel document as evidence of their identity and nationality. The most common and preferred travel document is a passport, but other types of travel documents may also be accepted.
Arrival at an Australian Airport: Everyone who arrives at an Australian airport must present their travel documents and Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) to officers in immigration clearance.
Lonely Planet’s Guide to When to go and Weather: Make sure you know when to travel! Don’t spoil your trip by turning up in our Winter and be sure to visit all the best destinations.
What can’t I take into Australia? Food, plant material and animal products from overseas could introduce some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases into Australia, devastating our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment.
Visas, Immigration and Refugees: For people to visit or extend their stay in Australia for holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes.
National Travel Resources
Gold Coast Events: Gold Coast City Council’s “What’s On” event calendar is a guide to festivals and events on the Gold Coast, generated and revised by the individual organisers of the event.
Australian school holidays 2012: Australian school holidays happen around four times a year, though the dates vary in each state and territory. It’s wise to book ahead for flights and accommodation over these periods, which are peak seasons for domestic travel. School holidays in Australia are also a great time for families, with many free, family events happening in our major cities. Following is a full list of the Australian school holidays in each state and territory to help you plan your travel.
Gold Coast Theme Parks: Everything you need to know about the Best theme parks on the Gold Coast!
Official Travel Guide for the Gold Coast: VisitGoldCoast.com is the office Gold Coast website by Gold Coast Tourism which provides everything you need to know to plan and book your Gold Coast holiday; Places to See, Things to Do, Tours to Take, Events to Enjoy, Where to Stay, Getting Around and Business Events.
Smart Traveller is a website managed by the Australian government which supplied travel advice, travel tips, travel checklists and a variety of travel services to help your holiday run smoothly. If you are an Australian resident holidaying overseas, it is good idea to register your travel itinerary on this website. “Whether you are travelling overseas to visit family, as a tourist, for business or to live, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade encourages you to register your plans with us before you leave Australia. The registration information you provide will help us to contact or find you in an emergency – whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family emergency. It may also be used to pass other information to you such as important travel advice updates, notice of elections and information on other matters relevant to travellers and expatriates.”