Best Day Trips From The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a pretty amazing experience, you have some of the world’s best beaches at your fingertips and plenty to do with theme parks, coastal towns and Brisbane City within just an hour away. The Coast isn’t only beautiful beaches and a laid back lifestyle though. If you can tear yourself away from the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, there are some fantastic day trips just hours away. Read on for some of the best day trips from the Gold Coast.

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1. Gold Coast Hinterland

For those of you who are obsessed with nature, you can’t go wrong with spending a day exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland. Australia is famous for its natural environment and the Gold Coast area doesn’t disappoint at all. With several national parks to choose from you will get to experience lush rainforests, gorgeous waterfalls, the local wildlife and even explore some caves if you’re feeling up to it.

2. Byron Bay

For anyone looking to experience a small but spunky coastal town for the day, you cannot go wrong with Byron Bay. Famous all around Australia, Byron Bay is known for its relaxed hippy vibe, excellent surfing, sun and beautiful beaches. With plenty of small boutique stores everywhere, excellent restaurants, and plenty of activities to keep you occupied, Byron Bay is an excellent day trip from the GC.

3. Moreton Island

Located just off the Gold Coast, you will find beautiful Moreton Island. Well known for its white-sand beaches and dunes, Moreton Island is a great way to spend a day If you’re chasing the relaxed island vibes. Whether you want to go scuba diving on the west side of the island or you want to visit the sunken Tangalooma shipwrecks, there is plenty for you and your family to do. You can organise your way there or choose to go over on a day tour to make it easy for yourself.

4. Scenic Rim

The Scenic Rim has been named one of the world’s top travel destinations for 2022 by Lonely Planet and it is easy to see why. Featuring plenty of country charm, the Scenic Rim is the perfect area to go road tripping in, with winding country roads, classic pubs, lavender farms, regional markets and even roadside veggie stands. Considering it’s practically in the Gold Coasts’ backyard, the Scenic Rim is one of those best-kept secrets that you should experience at least once.

5. Brisbane

If you’re looking to spend a day shopping, trying different restaurants and doing some urban exploring then Brisbane should be your next destination. Located a short drive from the Gold Coast, Brisbane is easy to get to and makes for a great day trip away. With plenty of high-end fashion, world-class restaurants and numerous other daytime activities to keep you occupied, Brisbane is always a great option. Spend some time exploring South Bank and the Botanical Gardens or head off into West End and try out some famous speakeasies.

There are so many fantastic day trips from the Gold Coast to choose from that the hardest part is often deciding what you want to do and where you are going to go. Queensland locals are spoilt to have such a wonderful natural environment and urban centres to explore. If you’re just visiting the Gold Coast and you want to experience some of the amazing day trips before you head home why not hire a car for a day or two? Our car hires are fast, easy and budget-friendly, leaving you more time and money to spend experiencing some of the amazing locations that are close to the Gold Coast. What are you waiting for? Get in touch now.

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