Gold Coast Information

Navigating the Gold Coast: An Intern’s Comprehensive Guide


Welcome to the stunning Gold Coast! As you embark on this exciting internship journey, it’s crucial to have a solid understanding of the city’s essentials. From public transport to safety tips and practicalities like opening a bank account, we’ve got you covered. Let’s delve deeper into the comprehensive guide to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful Australian city.

1. Getting Around: Public Transport

The Gold Coast offers an efficient public transport system that makes exploring the city a breeze. Invest in a Translink Card, which grants you access to buses, trams, and trains across Queensland. You can top up your Translink Card online, supermarkets, at bus/train stations and selected newsagents. For seamless travel, familiarise yourself with timetables available on the official TransLink website.

2. Safety First

While the Gold Coast is generally safe, it’s essential to exercise caution, as you would in any new city. Avoid poorly-lit areas at night and be mindful of your surroundings. Keep your belongings secure and always be aware of your personal safety. In the rare event of an emergency, remember to dial 000 for immediate assistance. For added assurance, register with your country’s embassy or consulate.

3. Setting Up a Bank Account

To ease your financial transactions, consider opening a bank account with one of the major banks in Australia: Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, Westpac, or National Bank. Bring your Passport for identification, and the bank staff will guide you through the process. Don’t forget to have some cash on hand for when you arrive.

4. Staying Connected: Mobile Phones

Ensuring you have a reliable mobile connection is crucial for communication during your internship. Make sure your phone is not locked to any network. Major providers like Vodafone, Optus and Telstra, offer pre-paid mobile packages. You can buy a prepaid card in one of their shops and recharge it easily. You can buy the recharge-codes online, or in almost every supermarket, newsagency, or convenience store.

5. Tourist Information

The Gold Coast is a haven for tourists, and there’s a wealth of information available to help you make the most of your time here. For comprehensive details about local attractions, tours, and events, visit the Gold Coast Visitor Centre in Surfers Paradise. They’re open six days a week, ready to assist you in planning your adventures.

Gold Coast Visitor Centre (Surfers Paradise)

  • Location: 2 Cavill Ave (Cavill Mall), Surfers Paradise Qld 4217
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm | Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Phone: 1300 309 440
  • E-mail: [email protected]

For other Tourist Information Offices in Gold Coast, please visit their website.

6. Accommodation

Finding suitable accommodation is a priority for any intern. Internships Down Under can assist you in securing furnished student accommodation, homestays, or hostels. Remember, never transfer money to anyone until you’ve seen the room! Utilise trusted platforms and, if possible, seek recommendations from fellow interns.

7. Other Important Tips

  • Flights: For domestic travel, consider airlines like Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tigerair and Qantas. These providers offer a range of options to suit your budget and schedule. Booking in advance often yields the best deals.
  • Weekend Trips: Organising weekend getaways is a breeze with numerous websites and resources available. Also, keep an eye on announcements from Internships Down Under for exciting trips and experiences.
  • For Your Safety: Exercise the same level of caution you would in your home country. Avoid poorly lit areas, watch your drinks in bars to prevent tampering, and be cautious with valuables. If you need advice, call Internships Down Under at +61 (0)2 93865441. In emergencies, dial the National Emergency Number: 000.

Medical Advice

In case of illness or injury, knowing where to seek medical care is crucial. Local chemists and medical centers are readily available. Keep your insurance details handy, and don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance if needed.


Embrace your internship experience in the Gold Coast with confidence. Armed with this comprehensive guide, you’re ready to explore, learn, and make lasting memories in this dynamic Australian city! Enjoy every moment of this enriching journey.

Further essential health & safety info can be found here