Compare Gold Coast Car Hire
The gorgeous & glamorous Gold Coast is a summer hotspot and a favorite destination of many travelers. With so many visitors heading to the city, there are many public transportation options, but below are just a few of the many reasons you should think about booking a car rental Gold Coast instead!
Surfers Paradise seen from Burleigh Heads, Photo by Rex Boggs
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz or Thrifty - We compare them all!1. Convenience - Following bus timetables, looking for connecting trains, trying to carry a board on the bus... None of that sounds fun or convenient! But with a rental car, you have the freedom to go where you want and when you want. Hiring a car means you don't have to wait around or rely on bus timetables. With ample amounts of parking in all of the major hot spots, you can stay and play for as long as you want. Booking a car hire with us literally puts the 'key' to having the best holiday of your life in your hands!
The Main Beach of Gold Coast City in 1933, Photo from Queensland State Archives
4. Room - There are many malls to do some great shopping and you may even spend a whole day at the markets or shopping malls. With a rental car, you don't have to worry about how you will get all your purchases home.
6. Relax - You can relax knowing that your car hire has all your transportation needs covered. Don't let stressful schedules dampen your holiday fun. Book a rental car and relax.
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So how's it like living on the Gold Coast? Imagine 300 days of sunshine annually, awesome surfing beaches, lush rainforest hinterland, fun theme parks, and peaceful sanctuaries. These are just some of the wonderful things that you can experience in Australia's coastal city.
Gold Coast is a city in the Australian state of Queensland. It is the second most populous city in the state and the sixth most populous city in the country. It is also the most populous non-capital city in the country.
The city has a reputation of a major tourist destination because of its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal and waterway systems, its high-rise dominated skyline, nightlife and, last but not the least, its rainforest hinterland.
To help you achieve the ultimate Gold Coast adventure, we at VroomVroomVroom have come up with a list of things that you can do and places where you can stay.
THINGS TO DO
35 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223
There's more to the Gold Coast than just riding the waves, you can also learn more about surfing by visiting Surf World. This is the only surfing heritage and beach culture museum in Queensland. Get a glimpse of how surfboards evolved through the years by checking out its exhibitions, which consist of more than 150 surfboards, iconic surf images, rare memorabilia and iPad interviews with surfing legends.
Get ready to be amazed! Ripley's Surfers Paradise, which features 15 themed galleries that showcase all kinds of oddities, illusions, mysteries, and amazing stories. You will find things that can't be seen anywhere else, such as real shrunken heads and rare dinosaur eggs. After an unforgettable trip to the Odditorium, why not try the Laser Race Challenge? Let's see if you can navigate through a web of lasers just like what Tom Cruise did in “Mission Impossible”.
333 Geissmann Dr, North Tamborine QLD 4272
Experience a magical setting when you stroll along the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, which is surrounded by lush trees, breathtaking fauna, tumbling creek, and impressive rockpools. The new eco-adventure attraction allows visitors to explore the Tamborine Mountain in a different way. The Skywalk is the longest canopy walk in South East Queensland with a measurement of 300 meters. Nature lovers will surely enjoy the 50-minute walk to paradise.
Nature meets adventure at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. Come for the day or stay and play. Adventures include fossicking for treasure filled thundereggs, laser skirmish in a jungle village and the Tree Top Challenge high ropes course. Try the new SkyFall and drop 11 metres to the ground. Ride a FreeGo electric bike through the rainforest or take in the scenery on horseback. Activities are suitable for most age groups and fun for all the family.
WHERE TO STAY
Tamborine Mountain Rd, QLD 4272
Thunderbird Park shares a 112 hectare rainforest property with Cedar Creek Lodges. It's perfect for a romantic break or a family holiday. Choose a shaded campsite, a contemporary room or a two bedroom private lodge. Most holiday packages include a big barbecue breakfast with the birds. Rooms and lodges have self catering facilities. Light meals, snacks and drinks are available on Thunderbird Terrace and the licensed on site Rainforest Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily.
If you're looking for a place to unwind and relax, then the best place to stay is at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort. This beautiful resort is just a few minutes away from the pristine beaches, fun theme parks, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and numerous shopping destinations. Mercure Gold Coast features 280 rooms with its own balcony, courtyard or patio. There are also interconnecting rooms for those staying in large groups. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities to make your stay more comfortable.
Other things to do on the Goldy
Theme Parks - With 4 major theme parks in the city, you will be sure to find one that suits you and your family. There's not just awesome rides and fun filled activities to enjoy, you can also participate in educational shows and see wildlife upfront and personal. Choose from Wet'n'Wild, Dreamworld, Movieworld and Seaworld. With plenty of parking, you are sure to find good parking for the day.
Beaches - You can't go to the Gold Coast without spending a day at the beach. No matter what month you are there, the weather should still permit you to have a great day at the beach. The best part about a day at the beach is that it's free. Once again, there is a heap of street parking along the coastline so don't stress about where to park your rental car. Richard at VroomVroomVroom strongly recommends that all tourists Go Ride a Wave with a surfing lesson at Surfers Paradise. They are very accomodating to beginners and very friendly. They are also the most popular spot for surf board hire. It is important to be prepared so check out Boardcave for the best Surfboards and Surf Hardware deals.
Shop until you absolutely drop - Being a very popular tourist destination means Bargains! Bargains! Bargains! With so many shopping malls sprawled throughout the metropolitan area, you will definitely find one that you will LOVE. If you are a bit of a shopaholic be sure to book a rental car with plenty of trunk space.
Gold Coast Hinterland - Even though the coastline is so inviting and the white sandy beaches are hard to pass up, most days of the year, take your rental car and drive inland to see lush green pastures and tree lined roads. Its a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist strip without having to drive too far. You can even enjoy pristine waterfalls where locals like to swim.
Just enjoy our hotel - Depending on where your staying, you can opt to just stay put and enjoy the luxuries that come with being in a hotel environment. Some even have Kids Clubs so the kids are taken care of.
If you are not sure what to do after reading our tips, we are sure that once you arrive and collect your car hire, you will find that you end up running out of time, as the attractions on the Gold Coast are endless.
Around Gold Coast: Bilinga
A beautiful day to all of you, my friends! Gramps Ben here again is very delighted today because his grandkids visited. They really missed their old man — and I missed them too. Actually, they told me that they really missed their grandpa and grandpa's traveling stories. Well, what can I say? I love to see beautiful places.
(Bilinga beach/ image credit: realestateview.com.au)
Gold Coast Scenic Drives in your car hire
Gold Coast offers some of the best scenic drives in the country. Among of these routes are the Great Ocean Road, the Snowy Mountains Highway, the Tasmanian West Coast and the Adelaide Hills that you can easily drive in your car hire.
- If you complete the roundtrip, you'll see as much as you can on one tank of fuel, but you can do individual sections of the route if you're not planning to drive all day.
- Even though you'll never be more than ten minutes away from a town on any part of the route, it is still advisable for you to bring water.
- Mobile phones won't work on some parts of the route, especially in the mountains around the NSW border and Mount Tamborine.
- And, you won't find much traffic on the back roads, but you should still look out for cars and speeding motorbikes ?the routes are popular scenic drives.
1) Gold Coast Scenic Drive
Take the ultimate Gold Coast scenic drive in a roundtrip. You can start anywhere you like. But we'll assume that your trip starts at Surfers Paradise because that's where most people are staying on holidays.
2) Nerang to Murwillumbah via Springbrook and Natural Arch
Once in Nerang, find the Pacific Highway and head south until you see the turn to Mudgeeraba. Drive through Mudgeeraba and follow the signs to Springbrook. Watch out for signs because the road has plenty of sharp corners, narrow curved wooden bridges, and hairpins.
3) Murwillumbah to Coolangatta
If you want to get back to the Gold Coast, you'll have two options. The first option: if you're out of time and can't bear another curve, follow the signs to the freeway and travel back to Coolangatta at 110km/hr along a new and fairly scenic motoway.
4) O'Reilly's and Lamington National Park
If you're after a shorter drive yet still up for beautiful sceneries, take the route through O'Reilly's and Lamington National Park via Canungra.
5) Eagleby Wetland Reserve
Are you an avi-tourist? Visit Gold Coast's Eagleby Wetland Reserve.