Work begins on $50 million Gold Coast Airport hotel

Work is now underway on a $50 million Rydges-branded hotel at Gold Coast Airport, following a sod turning ceremony at the site today.

The 192-room, seven storey hotel will be located to the south of the airport site and will feature a rooftop bar and viewing deck with views over Kirra Beach to the east and across the runway to the west.

The new hotel will also connect via a plaza area to the expanded airport terminal, which is scheduled for redevelopment this year.


Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said the hotel was an important project for the company, which operated Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.

“The hotel will create significant jobs for the Gold Coast and northern NSW – with 90 construction jobs during the build, and 60 ongoing positions once the hotel opens in 2020,” he said.

“Having a hotel as part of the airport precinct is an exciting opportunity for us. This investment and the overall development planned for Gold Coast Airport are representative of the ongoing strength of the Gold Coast as a destination and the increasing strength of the Northern NSW region.

“We invested $86 million last year in airside works to improve aircraft efficiency in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, and this year close to half a billion dollars in building works are set to move ahead in the precinct.

“The hotel and expanded terminal will change the face of the airport entirely – creating a better experience for locals and visitors and a fitting gateway for the country’s premier tourism destination.”

Gold Coast Airport Hotel Sod Turning

Gold Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills, developer John Robinson, Federal MP for McPherson Karen Andrews, Rydges Hotels and Resorts General Manager Gold Coast Stephen Oakley and Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones at the turning of the first sod of the new Rydges Hotel at Gold Coast Airport.

The hotel is being delivered by developer Trepang, associated with John Robinson and Nick Paspaley, who have delivered hotels in Darwin, including two airport hotels.

“It has taken a few years to get to this point. I have deliberately taken my time and given a great deal of thought to all aspects of the hotel,” Mr Robinson said.

“The design is both functional and visually attractive. I love nothing more than starting the build, to an extent it means the hard work is over and I can watch the project come to life.
“Airport hotels have been amongst my most successful investments and I have no doubt this fantastic hotel will continue that trend.”

Approval of Major Development Plan (MDP) was granted by Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, in September 2018.