Travelling on the new Gold Coast G: Link



Yesterday Miss 4 & I, along with the twincesses (now 8-months), decided to try out the new Gold Coast Light Rail - officially called the G:Link.

Hubby & I decided against taking the whole family to join in on the fun on Sunday when it was free travel for all - due to the large crowds.

So yesterday (Monday) as part of our weekly 'girls' day' when Miss 4, the twincesses & I do a fun activity, we headed to Broadbeach to enjoy a tram adventure.





I parked in front of the shops opposite the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

After paying $3 for parking there, Miss 4 held hands with me (as I also pushed the double pram with my other hand) across the road to the Broadbeach North G: Link stop.

A tram was approaching so I quickly tried to purchase a ticket at the machine but unfortunately it wasn't recognising my credit card or eftpos card. So that tram came & went.

I made a few more attempts then let others in front of me to try to pay when a second tram approached just a few minutes later.
(This was all while keeping a firm grip on Miss 4 as I was nervous being next to the tram line in case she decided to wriggle away.)

When I had finally given up on paying by card I managed to find some cash after rummaging around in the depths of my handbag.

But then.....The machine would not accept my $5 note or $1 or $2 coins to pay the $5.20 single adult fair (for zone 14). Despite many attempts, it kept spitting my coins back.
A repairman was working on the only other ticket machine on the platform & offered me a $1 coin of his to try. But no luck unfortunately.

So when the next tram arrived, the repairman suggested I just jump on board and explain the situation if anyone was to ask.
I took his advice as I only had a limited time for our tram ride & to then get back to the car before my parking ticket expired.



Miss 4 & I boarded the tram, with the twincesses in the pram, with ease & got comfy as we looked out of the window & around the shiny new tram.

Our trip into Surfers Paradise was super quick & comfortable.

We hopped off at the Cavill Ave stop & crossed over to the other side of the track for our return journey.

Thankfully the ticket machine there accepted my cash to pay for a ticket.

Miss 4 was fascinated by the rails in the road & loved the seats on the platform.



After a speedy return trip to Broadbeach North, we made it back to the car with one minute to spare before the parking ticket expired. Phewww!

Overall, the journey was smooth, fast & enjoyable & I would definitely recommend it to tourists (& locals) wanting to town hop. (Though probably best to be prepared with the G: Link travel card so you can swipe & hop on the tram straight away rather than trying to fiddle around with coins/cash/cards at a machine.)
I hope it will be a huge success on the Gold Coast.

Navigating the roads, tram line & boarding & exiting the tram with my double pram (Strider Plus) was simple - though the tram doors didn't automatically open for me to board - I had to walk in front of pram to press a button on the tram door for the doors to open.





I look forward to our possible next adventure when we might take the whole family on the tram to experience more of the route - perhaps over the bridge to stop off at Southport Broadwater Parklands.

Have you travelled on the G? Will you use it?


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3 comments

  1. I haven't travelled on or seen the G yet. It's been a little while since I've been down the coast, or at least Broadbeach way. Sounds like a great idea though and the girls would get a kick out of it. How annoying with that ticket machine! I'm glad it all worked out in the end though :)

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  2. Sounds like a great adventure, ticket machine dramas aside.

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  3. We always love going on the tram in Adelaide, its just something a bit different for the kids. I think it's a great idea for the Gold Coast. #teamIBOT

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