The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, showcasing classic Aussie sun and surf culture with its warm, sunny climate, gorgeous beaches and nearby tropical rainforests. Pick up your Gold Coast Airport rental car and head straight for Surfers Paradise just 30 minutes away.
The glistening waves and glorious surf beckon and, before you know it, you’ll be grabbing a board yourself. Book a surf lesson at world champion Cheyne Horan’s Surf School and start to hit the waves with style.
Every Wednesday and Friday from five o’clock, Surfers Paradise has more than 100 beachfront market stalls to browse. Find that one-of-a-kind piece of handmade jewellery by a local designer or munch a freshly baked cupcake.
High Street Surfers Paradise, beneath the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel, is the latest spot to shop for local, national and international clothing brands. The über-hip head to Cubic Collective on Surfers Paradise Boulevard for top-notch Aussie fashion designers.
The Gold Coast region has three theme parks to choose from, Sea World, Dream World and Movie World. Gold Coast car rental helps you swing by to see the dolphin or seal shows at Sea World, or see polar bears, penguins and sharks up close. Watch stunt performers bust out breathtaking aerial stunts on their jet skis, then hop on and off funpark rides to your heart’s content.
For a unique and delicious dining experience, take the Rivers Yum Cha Cruise at Sunday lunchtime or for Tuesday dinner. Chow down on barbecue pork buns, salt and pepper calamari, and prawn and pork wonton. Dinner cruises, as well as whale-watching voyages, set sail from Main Beach, not far from Sea World.
If you’re bowled over by impressive on-screen stunts, head to Movie World and take a seat for the daily Hollywood stunt-driver show. Then jump on the Green Lantern Coaster and the Batwing Spaceshot.
Gold Coast car hire makes it a breeze to reach Tamborine Mountain, just a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast’s beaches along the edge of the Mount Warning volcano. Take a rainforest walk, pick up some locally grown avocados, kiwis and macadamias, or splurge on celebrated cheeses and delicious fudge. While you’re there, stop by the Tamborine Mountain Distillery to taste their award-winning choc ‘n’ chilli liqueur. Don’t miss the chance to take a magical tour of Tamborine Mountain and its glow-worm caves. For even more adventure, head to the Thunderbird Adventure Park for a spot of laser skirmishing, high rope course walks and horse trail rides.
From the Gold Coast it’s just over an hour’s drive to Byron Bay, back over the border into New South Wales. The Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse sits on the north-easternmost point of Australia and it’s a beautiful spot to watch dolphins, whales and surfers in the waves. Go all out and take the chance to go sky diving or hot air ballooning with Byron Bay Balloons, over the beautiful landscape.