There are two airports located near The Southport School and the conference hotels (Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa and the Hilton Surfers Paradise) in Gold Coast, Australia.
Gold Coast Airport (OOL)
(formerly known as Coolangatta Airport)
Gold Coast Airport is the nearest airport to the conference (just 14 miles away). Book your flight into OOL if you're departing from the Pre-Conference Adventures hosted by The Scots College in Sydney or other Australian capital cities. A few international flights arrive directly into OOL, mainly from New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. You can opt for public or private bus service, car hire, or taxi transportation to Surfers Paradise from the airport.
Brisbane Airport (BNE)
Brisbane Airport is a major international destination for flights from North America, Asia (direct flights), Europe (usually via Asia), and Africa (usually via Perth or Sydney). Located 52 miles away, BNE offers an efficient direct train service from both the domestic and international terminals to Gold Coast. If catching the train to Gold Coast, our colleagues at The Southport School recommend you disembark at Helensvale Station where you can catch the recently completed light-rail service to Surfers Paradise. There are light-rail stations within easy walking distance of both the Marriott and Hilton. BNE also offers car rentals, taxis, and shuttle buses.
The airport and hotel websites offer specific details to help you plan your trip on the ground.
Getting to and from Airports
Both Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL) and Brisbane International Airport (BNE) offer taxi, shuttle, and limousine service directly to the conference hotels. It’s best to pre-book shuttle and limousine service. A taxi between OOL to Surfers Paradise costs approximately AU $65 and takes about 30 minutes during non-rush hours. Between BNE and Surfers Paradise, a taxi costs approximately AU $250 and takes about 75 minutes during non-rush hours. Public transport options are available from both OOL and BNE to Surfers Paradise.
BNE also provides an efficient direct train service from both the domestic and international terminals to Gold Coast. Upon arrival at Helensvale Station, a tram connection runs regular services to Southport and Surfers Paradise. Tram stations are within walking distance of both the Marriott (North Surfers Station) and Hilton (Cavill Avenue Station).
When the conference ends Wednesday, a single coach departs TSS at 1:15 PM to take registered delegates to OOL. The limited seats on this coach are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your seat, please sign up when you register on Sunday in the TSS Hall of Fame.
On Wednesday, you may opt to take a taxi from TSS to OOL. You may store your luggage in the Hall of Fame. Alternatively, your hotel concierge can arrange airport transfers for you to OOL or BNE. You can get to BNE via pre-organized airport transfer or by catching a tram or taxi to Helensvale Railway Station, then taking a train to BNE domestic and international terminals.
Taxi and Limousine Services
Gold Coast Cabs
+61 7 5588 1234
Surf City Airport Transfers
1300 789 171
Hughes Limousine Services
1300 753 847
Uber also serves the Gold Coast and Brisbane regions.
Traveling to and from TSS and Conference Events
Coaches transport delegates from both conference hotels to TSS each day of the conference. Ferry service departs the Marriott on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM, and 8:00 AM, with limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may get a ticket from the TSS representative at the Marriott.
On Monday, coaches depart the conference hotels at 6:30 PM for the Special Evening Event at Sea World. Return coach service to the conference hotels starts at 8:30 PM.
Car Parking at The Southport School
Both TSS Senior Campus and TSS Prep Campus offer ample parking. The main entrance for the Senior Campus is 2 Winchester Street, Southport. The main entrance for the Prep Campus is via Lupus Street, Southport.
Please contact us at IBSC@theibsc.org with any questions. We understand this is a big trip for many of us, and our friendly hosts at The Southport School are ready to offer us any insider tips and guidance to make travel as easy as possible.
Book your flight soon and join us in paradise!