Set amongst native bushland and located just minutes from the pristine beaches of the famous Gold Coast, this comprehensive campus plays host to over 13,000 students from all over Australia and the world. Widely acknowledged for its strengths in Health, Griffith's Gold Coast Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including the $36 million Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health adjacent to the Gold Coast Hospital at Southport. The co-located Gold Coast University Hospital is scheduled to open in 2012.

Students can relax at a campus cafe, and enjoy extensive sporting facilities, including an Olympic-standard athletics track, a gym and basketball and tennis courts. There are many handy services right on campus, such as banking, post, medical, welfare and student guild services. On-campus accommodation is available and assistance can be provided with finding off-campus accommodation.

How to get to Griffith

The Gold Coast campus is centrally located in Southport, just north of Surfers Paradise, and is easily accessible by car, bus and train. The closest airport is located at Coolangatta which is a 30 minute drive south of the campus.


Gold Coast Campus
Parklands Drive
Southport, Qld

By car

The Gold Coast campus is a 10-minute drive from the centre of the Gold Coast, 10-minutes drive to the nearest railway station and 45-minutes drive to Brisbane.

By bus

Surfside Buslines route 3 provides a regular direct service from Helensvale train station southbound and Pacific Fair, Surfers Paradise and Southport northbound. Route 738 operates between Harbour Town and Pacific Fair via Griffith University, Ashmore, Benowa TAFE and Broadbeach Waters.

For timetable information visit Translink or phone on 13 12 30.

By train

The closest train station to the Gold Coast campus is Helensvale. This station is situated north-west of the campus and is approximately 15 minutes by car and 20 minutes by bus. The train also continues to Robina, which is South-east of the campus.

Bus connections run between Robina station, Helensvale station and the University.

For timetable information visit Translink or phone on 13 12 30.

By taxi

If you are using a taxi to come to the Gold Coast campus you will need to tell the driver to take you to: Griffith University Gold Coast campus, off Parklands Drive, Southport. When calling a taxi to exit the campus, check the taxi bay located outside the Link Building, on University Drive. There is also a taxi rank in Alumni Place.


Bicycles are a cost-effective method of transport and an excellent way to exercise and maintain fitness. They're also easy to park once you reach the campus. Shower facilities are available on campus.

Cycling to Griffith (PDF 142k)

Bike Racks
Rack Location Building
Business 1 G01
Clinical Sciences 1 G02 Level 1
Health Services G05 Level 1 (2 racks)
The Link G07 Level 1
Engineering G09 Level 2
Lecture Theatres 3 and 4 G17 Level 1
Science 1 G24 Level 3
Car Park A near Beach Volleyball Court
Car Park A University Lane side
Shed / Lockers at G14 Science Road corner
Shower Locations (Open M-F 8am - 5pm)
Showers Building
Business 1 G01 Levels 1,2,3
Clinical Sciences 1 G02 Levels 1,2
Services G04 Level 0
Health Sciences G05 Level 1
Business 3 G06 Level 1
Information Services G10 Level 2
Science 2 G12 Level 1
Visual Arts G14 Level 1
Science 1 G24 Level 3

Flying in

There is an airport at the Gold Coast, which is situated at Coolangatta. From the airport, travel north-west on the Gold Coast Highway. Turn left at Smith Street Southport (exit 66), take the Parklands Drive exit (left) and follow the signage into campus. Coolangatta airport is about 45 minutes by car from the campus.

Alternatively you could fly into Brisbane airport. Bus services are available from Brisbane Airport to Surfers Paradise from where bus connections are available to the campus. Brisbane airport is about 90 minutes by car from the campus.


Parking is available on campus. A parking permit or payment at a parking meter is required on all University campuses when parking your vehicle.

Parking permits

Campus map

Gold Coast campus Map (PDF 602k)


State-of-the-art facilities at the Gold Coast campus include the Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health, the new Clinical Science precinct and the multimedia digital precinct. The Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health - home to the first School of Dentistry to be established in Australia in almost 60 years - opened its doors next to the Gold Coast hospital in 2005. The $36 million Centre is the latest addition to the campus' expanding health portfolio.

The Gold Coast campus also offers a computer shop, credit union, hairdressing salon, post office, bookshop, convenience store and STA Travel outlet. Take a look at the Student Guild website for further information.

Eat and drink

The Gold Coast campus offers a wide range of dining options from coffee stands to a modern restaurant and wine bar, G's Wine Bar. Other venues include Coffee Bug and Coffee Cellar, the Uni Bar, and the Koala Café.

Library and study zones

The Gold Coast campus offers two extensive libraries which encompass a Laptop Lounge, DVD Lounge, Research Zone, Quiet Study Zone and Silent Study Zone. Alternatively you can pull up a patch of green grass or hit the books on the beach. There's also an on-campus bookshop.

Sport and recreation

Beach volleyball, indoor soccer, basketball and tennis are all on offer; alternatively you can hit the gym or run laps on the National Standard Gold Coast athletics track. If indoor pursuits are more your thing, hit the Uni Bar for a few games of Pool.

Support services

Griffith University provides a comprehensive range of services for all students on all campuses. Services provided include accommodation, chaplaincy, child care, counselling, medical services and career and employment services. See some of the ways we can support you through your time studying.


Research centres located on campus include:

Students using biomechanics and movement analysis facilities Popular music students at the Gold Coast Conservatorium Aerial of Gold Coast Campus The Griffith Bridge Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health Popular music students in the recording studio at the Gold Coast Conservatorium Students at the unibar Clinical sciences building Students enjoy sunshine between classes The Coffee Bug The student centre Science, engineering and architecture building Smart Water Research Centre Moot court facilities Students relaxing outside the student centre Students working in the clinical sciences nursing ward Medical and nursing students with skeletons Students studying in the library Students using the pharmacy facilities Sally Pearson at the athletics track, Beijing Olympic silver medallist Students doing work in the lab Medical students in the anatomy room Medical students practising surgery Library Exterior design of the science, engineering and architecture building Arts and education building Popular music students singing Students using the facilities in the Gold Coast Conservatorium computer lab Griffith University village accommodation Students walking through the library Students studying in the library Students heading to the beach from the university village accommodation Students moving into the university village accommodation An aerial view of the Gold Coast Students taking a break between classes Students having coffee after class Dental students offering people with diabetes a free check-up Medical students in the anatomy room Dental students at the Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health Glycomics building Students relaxing outside Students walking to and from classes and studying outside Students on their way to class Business building Popular music student playing electric guitar Katie Goldman, sports scholarship recipient , bachelor of design student and competitive swimmer Midwifery student with a newborn and her mother at the Gold Coast hospital Students studying in the library Students studying in the library Health students in the biology laboratory Students chatting outside the student centre Biomolecular science student in the Glycomics laboratory Visual arts building and the cafe Coffee Cellar Greenery outside the law building Pharmacy student in the dispensary Exterior design of the science, engineering and architecture building Health sciences building Parking for students' motorcycles Students relaxing in the shade before a lecture Business building Popular music students rehearsing on the piano The Chancellery Kelsey Wakefield, sports scholarship recipient, goalie for the Australian women's water polo team, and biomedical science student

Surfers Paradise

Situated just 15 minutes south of Griffith University, is the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise. One of Australia's most popular tourist destinations, Surfers Paradise is a vibrant and energetic city that provides visitors with non-stop action. This is where you'll find the perfect fusion of city and beach cultures, with superb dining, great nightlife, shopping and golden sandy beaches.

Skilled Park Robina Stadium

The home venue for the Gold Coast Titans, Skilled Park is a sports stadium located in Gold Coast's suburban region called Robina. Suitable for rugby and soccer the stadium was mainly built for the inclusion of Gold Coast Titans Rugby League team. The park is well connected with public transportation facilities including buses and trains stopping frequently.

Sea World

Located just minutes away from Surfers Paradise, Sea World is a popular theme park with visiting tourists and locals. With marine life wonders, a world of amazing rides, shows and attractions, Sea World attracts visitors from all over the world! If you want to get up close and personal with marine wildlife, and learn about the marine environment Sea World is definitely a place you should visit.

Warner Bros. Movie World

Australia's only movie related theme park! Here you will get to experience a fun-filled, Gold Coast theme park family adventure with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. You'll be able to meet your favourite stars and get to enjoy the behind-the-scenes action, comedy stunts and exhilarating rides, shows and attractions!

Wet N Wild

Australia's biggest water park, Wet'n'Wild Water World combines all the fun and excitement of the world's latest water slides and leisure. Popular with locals and tourists, and open year-round, you choose to tackle all the dips, turns and waterfalls on the action packed waterslides, or just lay back and relax by one of the many pools in the park. Dive-in movies are also shown at night throughout the summer.


Open for nearly 30 years, Dreamworld is one of Australia's most favourite theme parks. With all the action-packed rides, unique animal attractions, live shows and interesting characters Dreamworld has so many worlds in one location. The theme park boasts some of the tallest and fastest rides in the world, but if that isn't for you there are plenty more other things to do. White Water World, Dreamworld's own water park is also popular with many visitors.

Gold Coast Airport

Formerly known as 'Coolangatta Airport' which is the Aboriginal word meaning 'Place of Good View' the Gold Coast Airport is situated in the very heart of Australia's number one holiday destination. Only five minutes from Coolangatta the airport is conveniently located near hotels, shops and public transport hubs. It is about a 30 minutes by car from the Gold Coast Campus.

Gold Coast hinterland

The Gold Coast Hinterland is home to a wonderful contrast of scenic views and local delights. With a patchwork of rural plantations, vineyards, farmland and livestock estates there is more than a 100,000 hectares of National Parks and reserves. Networked with miles of enchanting bushwalking trails and just 30 minutes from the beaches, you can discover the hinterland's hidden secrets and natural wonders.