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What to do on your Gold Coast road trip

Planning a Gold Coast road trip? Here’s what you need to include, from mountains to markets

The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s most popular destinations, with 10 million tourists visiting every year. From world-class beaches and tropical rainforests to bustling cafes and markets, there are Gold Coast attractions for every type of traveller. With so much to see and do, a road trip is the best way to experience what this stunning region has to offer. Here are the hotspots and hidden gems not to miss on your Gold Coast road trip.

Burleigh Heads 

A 20-minute drive south of Surfers Paradise will take you to Burleigh Heads, a popular beach for swimmers and surfers alike. Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where you can learn about the area’s earliest inhabitants and natural heritage. The foreshore’s fragrant pine trees are perfect for a post-swim picnic with an ocean view, and the headland national park walk makes for a must-see stop on your Gold Coast road trip.

Springbrook National Park 

No road trip in this region is complete without seeing the lush Gold Coast hinterland, and 45 minutes’ drive inland brings you to Springbrook National Park. Rare birds live in the rainforest’s towering canopies, and sleepy koalas are often spotted in gum trees. For waterfall chasers, don’t miss the suspension bridge overlooking Purling Brook Falls on one of the area’s many walking tracks. 

Tamborine Mountain

Part of what locals call The Green behind the Gold is Tamborine Mountain, where bushwalks with sweeping views, a winery with a glow worm cave and the popular Treetop Challenge circuit draw visitors all year round. Whether you go for a zip line or a sip of local wine, make sure you visit Tamborine Mountain on your Gold Coast road trip.

Kurrawa Surf Club

Surf clubs are popular with both tourists and locals because they’re the perfect place for sunset beers and hearty meals. Located 15 minutes from Surfers Paradise in nightlife hotspot Broadbeach, Kurrawa Surf Club’s beach views and bistro menu make this an unmissable road trip stop for lunch, dinner or drinks.

If you’re planning a Gold Coast road trip, let us help you get the most out of it! For the best customer service on the coast, hire a car from Economy Rental Cars.

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