Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 4

Planning has begun for the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 4, a world class public transport system for residents and visitors to the Gold Coast.

Stage 4 is a 13km extension south of the Light Rail Stage 3, linking Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta via the Gold Coast Airport.

The Gold Coast Light Rail system is being designed to be delivered in stages to respond to population growth.

It aims to service important cultural and urban attractions including the Burleigh Head National Park, Palm Beach Village Centre, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Airport and Coolangatta shopping and business precinct. 

Planning for the future of the transport network is critical to achieving local, state and federal planning targets as set out in:

Benefits

  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces travel time
  • Accessibility

Key features

  • 13km extension from Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta via the Gold Coast Airport.
  • Dual track along the existing corridor alignment.
  • Improved Palm Beach Avenue precinct—opportunities for pedestrian-friendly precincts.
  • Improved connectivity to the M1.
  • Active transport options such as bicycle and pedestrian bridges.
  • Opportunities for the development of a beachfront oceanway path, and enhancements to road and intersections for safety and efficiency.
  • The project aims to preserve and improve access to the Burleigh Head National Park and enhance ecological corridors by providing wildlife bridges.
     

Funding

The project is jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council. Investment ID 1748742 

Total investment
$10.67 million
Queensland Government
$10 million
Local government
$670,000

Current status

The preliminary business case for Light Rail Stage 4 has been completed.

Burleigh Heads to Tugun

We have approved corridor planning for the upgrade of the Gold Coast Highway through Palm Beach. Since 2003, we have been protecting the corridor against encroachment of development by conditioning building setbacks to allow for a future upgrade. Much of the corridor is protected under this scheme. The Gold Coast Highway (Burleigh Heads to Tugun) Multi-modal Corridor Study investigated whether existing planning will be adequate to accommodate the objectives of Shaping SEQ and the Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031, while balancing other considerations including current and future transport demands and the benefits and capacity gained from the M1 (Varsity Lakes to Tugun) upgrade.

For more information, download and read the:

Community consultation on the findings from the study was undertaken in March/April 2020. Read the Multi-modal Corridor Study community consultation summary for more information.

Tugun to Coolangatta

The Gold Coast Highway (Tugun to Coolangatta) Multi-modal Corridor Study was completed in June 2022. The study builds on the work completed for the Burleigh Heads to Tugun section and considered all transport modes to determine the preferred function for the next 20 years.

The study investigated alternative routes, finding the preferred route for a light rail extension to the Gold Coast Airport is along the eastern side of the Gold Coast Highway. The preferred route into Coolangatta is via Coolangatta Road and the Lanham Street Park to a station on Chalk Street. This is the most direct and efficient route.

View the Gold Coast Highway (Tugun to Coolangatta) Multi-modal Corridor Study publication set.

Consultation

Community engagement on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 4 took place in alignment with the progress of the corridor studies.

Burleigh Heads to Tugun section

Community consultation on the Burleigh Heads to Tugun section was carried out from 12 July to 17 September 2021. 

Download the Burleigh Heads to Tugun Community Consultation Summary (PDF, 3.3 MB) to find out more. 

For more information regarding the Burleigh Heads to Tugun section of the project, please download the: 

Or you can watch our flythrough video – Burleigh Heads to Tugun

Tugun to Coolangatta section

Community consultation on the Tugun to Coolangatta (via the airport) section was carried out from 31 October to 25 November 2022.

For more information regarding the Tugun to Coolangatta section of the project, please download the:

Or you can watch our flythrough video – Tugun to Coolangatta

Concept designs, artist's impressions and the flythrough video were created for past consultation. These will be updated during the detailed planning stage before future consultation.

Image gallery of the project's artist impressions

To view a larger version, please click on the image.

Artist impression of Terminal Drive
Terminal Drive, Bilinga
Artist impression of tram alongside bicycle and walkway paths.
Lanham Street Park, Coolangatta
Cars traveling on the highway, light rail station on the right.
George Street, Bilinga
Aerial view of the Miles Street intersection and the Miles Street light rail station.
Miles Street, Coolangatta
Artist impression of the Jellurgal station
Jellurgal station, Burleigh Heads
Overpass for the tram line over large body of water at Currumbin Creek
Overpass for the tram line, Currumbin Creek
Artist impression of the Gold Coast Highway Musgrave Street intersection, Bilinga
Gold Coast Highway Musgrave Street intersection, Bilinga
Artist impression of the intersection at Chalk street, Coolangatta
Chalk Street, Coolangatta
Light rail station at George Street, Bilinga.
George Street, Bilinga
Aerial view of the Boyd Street intersection, Tugun.
Boyd Street, Coolangatta
Overview of train line
Aerial view of tram line
Artist impression of the Tomewin base
Tomewin base, Tugun
Artist impression of Musgrave Street, Coolangatta
Musgrave Street, Coolangatta 
Artist impression of Chalk Street, Coolangatta
Chalk Street, Coolangatta
Light rail station at Miles Street, Coolangatta.
Miles Street, Coolangatta
Tram at the Boyd Street light rail station.
Boyd Street, Coolangatta
Thrower section of the tram line
Thrower section of the tram line
Artist impression of the Tugan base
Tugun base, Tugun