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The busy Gold Coast stretches from the coastal border of NSW and Queensland to Brisbane. It is an endless strip of sand, sea, high-rises and partying. The area enjoys tropical weather all year-round and many say that this lengthy stretch of coastline boasts Australia’s finest natural attractions. The most convenient way of getting around is by car. Book cheap car hire in the Gold Coast with us today and we'll find you the best deals online by comparing prices from a number of popular companies.
From Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise there are numerous holiday apartments, hostels, hotels, busy beaches and bars, nightclubs and shopping for the thousands of happy holiday-makers that pass through the region.
Slightly further away Burleigh heads is particularly nice, being a somewhat more laid back option - where Surfers’ is seen as the notorious party spot.
Local theme parks include Seaworld, Movieworld, Wet n’ Wild and Dreamworld.
For those needing a day’s break from the endless beaches, nearby Mount Coo-tha also offers excellent views of the coast, as well as a fine tropical botanical garden. Slightly further north towards Brisbane is the excellent Brisbane forest park. In this area good beaches are to be found at Manly, Nudgee and Sandgate, while a day spent sailing among the many islands of Moreton Bay is always a fantastic experience too.
With car hire on offer tourists can drive 20 minutes in any direction, and the busy beaches soon turn into National Parks. You’re guaranteed to never forget the lush foliage, towering cliffs or cascading streams when setting foot among Southern Queensland’s ancient sand dunes, primordial rainforest giants, and wildlife-rich heathlands.
Journeying west into ‘the bush’ provides travellers with a timeless atmosphere, with wide open farms and small town communities which are filled with friendly outback folk.
Driving south, travellers will cross back into NSW and experience the mountainous Northern Rivers region. This is a very popular spot for surfers, nature lovers, and party people alike. Here the towns of Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and the infamous Nimbin present travellers with coffee shops and wonderful international restaurants, all set among marine reserves, sub-tropical rainforests and beaches galore.
Heading north to Brisbane, travellers can drive into the sprawling state capital’s beautiful CBD and spend an afternoon strolling, shopping and taking in the various museums and parks set by the river. Alternatively, the nearby Glasshouse mountains have a striking beauty, visually odd because of their finger-like form. Here travellers can also find Steve Irwin’s famous crocodile and wildlife centre.
Brisbane International Airport is a busy destination servicing flights to and from Asia, Europe, North America, the Pacific islands, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. There are also many smaller domestic airports servicing the region, including Ballina, Collangatta, Casino, Lismore, and further south, Graffton.
Car rentals are available in the arrivals hall of Brisbane Airport. Look out for RedSpot, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Thrifty rental desks. For more options on cars and suppliers please book online today through us.
Motorists can take the coastal Bruce highway north or south, or follow one of the many long and winding roads inland to bushman country.
Although slightly more expensive, many tourists prefer the coastal train trip for it’s easy pace and breathtaking views. Tickets to all major cities are available though often require a stop-off in Sydney or Brisbane. The train also stops in major towns along the coast, such as Byron Bay, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Casino, Grafton, and Lismore.
Tickets and route advice are available from travel agents throughout the Gold Coast area or from the Brisbane Transit Centre.
Bus companies servicing the Sydney to Brisbane route are Greyhound Pioneer, Lindsay's Coach Service, McCafferty's Express Coaches and Kirklands Express Coach Service.
There are many small local bus companies that run services between smaller towns and villages in the area. Visitor information Centres can provide timetables.