All About Driving on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast boasts some beautiful scenic roads in the hinterland. Admire panoramic views of the subtropical forest dropping down to the vibrant coast and the never-ending ocean.

There are also lovely drives to discover along the seafront in Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Miami Beach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Kirra Beach and Coolangatta.

The Gold Coast Highway runs from Labrador to Coolangatta, not far from the waterfront, while the Pacific Highway (M1) is situated more inland. The major motorway linking Brisbane to Sydney, the Pacific Highway is a faster option if you want to travel from Southport or Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta.

Internation Visitors Please Note:
Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Speed limits and distances are expressed in kilometres (km) and a speed limit of 50km/h is enforced in residential and commercial areas, unless otherwise indicated. On highways the speed limit is usually 100km/h, unless otherwise indicated.

For more information, please see the sections under International Visitors to the Gold Coast.

Inexpensive parking is available in busy areas such as Surfers Paradise, Bundall, Broadbeach, Southport and Coolangatta.

Free parking and some timed parking (parking restricted to a period of 2 hours) is available in other areas.

Speed Limits

  • A 40km/h limit in school zones or where otherwise indicated
  • A 50km/h limit in residential and commercial areas or where otherwise indicated
  • A 100km/h limit in rural areas or where otherwise indicated
  • A 110km/h in highest speed zones or where otherwise indicated