2633 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Australia
The new Gold Coast Light Rail link is open and it connects the southern part of Broadbeach with Parklands, which is the location of the new Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University. Even better, it rolls along the Gold Coast Highway just a short distance from your Bel Air luxury accommodation. In fact, the tram terminates at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, which is just a hop away from us – how cool is that?
So you can easily hop on and off the tram lines at any of the stops in Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Southport and Parklands. Along the way you can also connect with numerous buses or taxis, so you can leave the car in our secure parking area and take off and explore the Gold Coast without worrying about finding a parking spot.
To use the trams, the best way is to buy a GO CARD, which is available from most newsagents and 7-Eleven shops and it makes it much easier to hop on and off public transport, compared to paper tickets (which you can still buy). The problem is each trip with a paper ticket costs more than with a GO CARD, usually at least a dollar more, so the card is more cost effective.
Once you have your card, you then top up your card with as much money as you need and you can do this at newsagents or at tram, train or bus stations.
Weekdays, the trams run every 15 minutes from 5am to 7am, every 7.5 minutes from 7am to 7pm and every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight. During the week there is no midnight to 5am tram service.
On weekends, the tram runs every 30 minutes from midnight to 5am, every 15 minutes from 5am to 7am, every 10 minutes from 7am to 7pm and every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight.
If this is your first time to the Gold Coast, it is worth taking the round trip on the tram because you will see a huge cross section of what the coast has to offer. Start at Broadbeach South, then travel through Broadbeach North, up to Florida Gardens and then Northcliffe.
Next stop is Surfers Paradise, then Cavill Avenue, Cypress Avenue, Surfers Paradise North and Main Beach. Then keep going up to Broadwater Parklands, Southport South, Southport, Nerang Street, Queen Street, Griffith University and finally the Gold Coast University Hospital.
If you stay on the tram all the way from Broadbeach South to the Gold Coast University Hospital terminal it will take you around 37 minutes. So there is plenty of time to stop for a coffee, lunch or a few hours shopping on the way.
Don’t forget you can take bicycles and surf boards on the trams!
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review by Diane Shapcott (13-Nov-2016)
We spent four days at Bel Air with our son who uses a wheelchair. We found the facilities in the Wheelchair Accessible Room and Bathroom to be excellent.The apartment was very well appointed and suitable for our requirements. He also enjoyed using the heated pool. Bel Air is a clean and well run establishment, close to attractions and easy to find arriving from the airport. The staff at Reception were pleasant and helpful. We also found the coffee shop a bonus and a good place to meet with visiting friends...read more guest reviews