Gold Coast Tips

A little birdy has given us a bit of a lowdown about the Southport & Robina campuses where the next clinical exam will be held, including transport, accommodation and restaurant tips, as well as some tips about what sort of patients they see (& don’t see…). Remember some hospitals ship patients in for the exam, but you can use this info to narrow your focus a bit in the last few weeks, and to pick somewhere good to have dinner while you’re up there!

The Gold Coast Fellowship exam will be held at Gold Coast Hospital’s Southport and Robina campuses.

Southport Hospital:
108 Nerang St, Southport
Southport is a 550 bed regional hospital offering all major subspecialty services except for Burns, Spinal Injuries, Cardiac Surgery and Transplant Medicine.

Parking can be extremely problematic but should be a little easier on a weekend. The hospital is about 500 m. from the Southport CBD; limited options for dining close to the hospital. Hospital cafeteria is OK.

Robina Hospital:
2 Bayberry Lane, Robina.
Robina is a 364 bed hospital with General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Rehabilitation and Mental Health services (no other inpatient Surgical subspecialties or Paediatrics, although the ED gets all comers and sees more children than Southport).

Parking is limited unless you go across the road to the train station.

Approximately 800 m. to Robina Town Centre with lots of dining options. Hospital cafeteria is basic but pretty good.

Accommodation options:
The densest concentration of accommodation is found along the coastal strip, and the area around Broadbeach is approximately central between the two hospitals, being approximately 10-15 minutes’ drive from each.

Marriott Hotel, Surfers’ Paradise.
Sofitel, Broadbeach.
Jupiter’s Casino
and many more…

Restaurants:
The Gold Coast has a lot of dining options. Some of the best are:
Moo Moo, Broadbeach (seriously good steaks and a lot more).
Oskars, Burleigh (on the beach, excellent seafood).
Omeros Brothers, Marina Mirage (seafood).
Sage, Broadbeach.
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, North Tamborine.

Transport options:
1. Taxis (Ph. 131 008)
2. Rental car (20 minute drive between the two hospitals)

While we wouldn’t recommend using public transport for the exam, if you really must, here’s some options:
1. Surfside buses (click here to download a timetable)
2. Train – there’s a station right opposite Robina Hospital, but it’s not much use unless you’re coming from Brisbane or have inexplicably decided to stay in Nerang.


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