From Bali to Japan: Exploring Asia Has Never Been Easier with Gold Coast Airport

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Looking for a holiday that’s exotic, exciting and easy to get to? Say hello to Southeast Asia — the land of ancient temples, sandy beaches, bustling cities, and scrumptious cuisine. And with Gold Coast Airport’s recent international terminal expansion, flying to Asia has never been more convenient for Gold Coasters. There is no need to make the long (and slow) drive to Brisbane to catch a direct flight to Bali, Kuala Lumpur, or even Japan. With flights departing directly from Gold Coast Airport, you can save time, money, and the hassle of finding parking in the big smoke. But where to first?

Beautiful girl visiting the ulun danu bratan temple in Bali. Concept about exotic lifestyle wanderlust traveling

For those seeking a blissful slice of paradise, a Balinese getaway promises an unforgettable experience. From 29 March, Virgin Australia will commence flights from the Gold Coast to Denpasar, making it the perfect time to explore this tropical haven. With their direct flights, it’ll be more accessible than ever to enjoy Bali’s stunning beaches, crystalline waters, and vibrant culture.

Girl relaxing and eating floating breakfast served in heart shaped rattan tray in jungle pool on luxury villa in Bali. Valentines day or honeymoon surprise. Tropical travel lifestyle

But there’s more to Bali than just its beaches. Visitors can also explore its rice terraces, ancient temples, and traditional villages — yogis will be in their element here, too. Don’t miss out on the local cuisine, with dishes like nasi goreng or babi guling to tantalise your taste buds. Or why not book a seat at one of Bali’s many delectable eateries? From beachfront bars to chic restaurants, the foodie scene here is not to be missed.

But Bali’s just the beginning. With the return of AirAsia X to Gold Coast Airport from April 1, you can easily explore the cultural melting pot of Malaysia — Kuala Lumpur.


Asian businessman relax in swimming pool on roof top behind beautiful city view kuala lumpur in sunrise sky, Malaysia

From the glittering Petronas Twin Towers to the stunning Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur is a city that never sleeps. With the ease of the new flights, immerse yourself in the vibrant street markets, sample the tantalising street food, and experience the bustling energy of this dynamic city. Then, why not journey deeper into Malaysia to uncover its hidden gems? Discover the lush rainforests of Taman Negara National Park, unwind on the idyllic beaches of Langkawi, or marvel at the architecture of Malacca. Kuala Lumpur is just the beginning; springboard from KL into some of Asia’s popular holiday hotspots including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and so much more!

View of Putra Mosque (Masjid Putra) in Putrajaya, Malaysia

For those looking to travel further afield, say Konnichiwa to direct flights from Gold Coast Airport to Japan (Tokyo) with Jetstar. Be it the iconic cherry blossom season in spring or the mesmerising autumn foliage in November, Japan is a captivating year-round destination with its unique blend of ancient traditions and modern sophistication. Discover the serene beauty of Kyoto, the dynamic energy of Tokyo, and the awe-inspiring grandeur of Mount Fuji — all waiting to be explored.

Fujiyoshida, Japan at Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji in the spring with cherry blossoms.

Beyond Japan, with Gold Coast Airport’s ever-growing list of destinations, you can see more of the world’s incredible locations. And the journey begins the moment you arrive at the airport’s expanded terminal. Treat yourself to an elevated travel experience and dine in at the Wollumbin Café and Bar, or indulge in some retail therapy before you take off at Heinemann Duty-Free and WHSmith.

So why wait to experience the wonders of Asia? Take the first step towards your next adventure and jet set from Gold Coast Airport.


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