Getting around when you stay at Diamond Beach Resort
The Gold Coast has a well-integrated public transport system with buses, trams and trains providing plenty of direct and connecting routes to get holidaying families to and from the main attractions with ease. Diamond Beach Resort is ideally located in the heart of Broadbeach, just a short walk down the road from Broadbeach South bus and light rail station.
Paying for public transport is really easy with all of South East Queensland’s public transport handled by go cards. The cards can be purchased at a range of retail stores, primarily newsagents and 7-Elevens, and topped up at these stores as well as online, by phone or the terminals at major stations.
Light Rail (G:link)
The Gold Coast Light Rail or G:link connects the holiday strip with 16 stops along a 13km route from Broadbeach to the Gold Coast University Hospital. The Broadbeach South station is only a 650 metre walk from the Diamond Beach Resort and 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
- Nerang Street
- Queen Street
- Griffith University
- Gold Coast University Hospital
From 5am to midnight on weekdays the trams stop every 15 minutes (ever 7 and a half minutes during peak times) and every 30 minutes from midnight to 5am on weekends. So you’ll never be waiting long for a tram to arrive, even if you didn’t check the schedule.
Gold Coast Buses
There are over 60 bus routes in the city of Gold Coast, many of which are turn up and go services that operate every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. There are plenty of bus stops all over the Gold Coast, ensuring there is always a bus that stops and picks up where you want to go.
Depending on the route, buses start as early as 4:30am with regular runs through to 10pm. During weekends, holiday periods and special events there will often be extra services running to ensure public transport is available to all. Check the Translink website for specific routes, bus stop locations and bus timetables.
How would I get my family to and from the theme parks?
Translink has a bus route that takes passengers to and from the major theme parks daily. From the Broadbeach bus stop on Gold Coast Highway the TX1 and TX2 first pick up at 8:35am and operates throughout the day, dropping off at Wet’n’Wild, Movieworld and Dreamworld.
Return runs in the afternoon start at Dreamworld at 12:30pm and continue till the last pick up at 6:10pm, returning through the major stops of the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Trains
The train line through the Gold Coast is not really used to get around locally as with other cities, but is there to connect the Gold Coast to other locations throughout Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. There are buses and trams that connect with stations at;
- Varsity Lakes
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.