Ditch the stairs or elevators in the high rises and enjoy the Gold Coast from the comforts of a campervan. Join many others who use the Gold Coast as the starting point to enjoy a campervan road trip with the choice of heading north or south along the East Coast of Australia.
The Gold Coast is a major tourist hub in Australia. With theme parks, beaches and a natural hinterland to explore, you will not run out of things to do. From the exciting Gold Coast, it is a short drive north to Brisbane, where you can experience a number of local attractions. Finding a good spot to park your campervan at the Gold Coast is also easy. Whether you prefer a beach ambience or a forest backdrop, you are sure to find a holiday or tourist park that will suit your needs.
Some of our favourite things to do year-round at the Gold Coast are:
Summer (December, January, February): Summer is also school holidays thus the perfect time to have some fun with the kids and what better way to do that than a trip to the theme park. There are several theme parks to choose from on the Gold Coast, including Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld and Sea World. You can also just stay at Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park and enjoy its facilities such as heated pool, activity centre, and a petting zoo.
Autumn (March, April, May): Autumn is the perfect time to chase waterfalls. Often overlooked, the Gold Coast has many wonderful waterfalls that are waiting to be explored. Drive to Mount Tamborine where you can find Cedar Creek Falls and Curtis Falls or to Springbrook National Park where you can see Twin Falls and Purling Brook Falls. Make sure to bring your swimwear and picnic basket for a fun-filled day.
Winter (June, July, August): Winter is also the whale watching season on the Gold Coast. Humpback whales migrate towards the warmer waters starting June. Some of the best places to spot whales include Point Danger, Miami Hill and Burleigh Hill. Sea World Cruises and Spirit offer whale watching tours that guarantee whale sighting.
Spring (September, October, November): Instead of dining out, you can enjoy home-cooked meals whilst camping. Visit some of the farms in and around the Gold Coast and gather fresh ingredients. Farm & Co. in Kingscliff is less than an hour drive and they have a farm, store and even a cafe if you are not keen on cooking your own food. You can also check out their sunflowers in full bloom during this time.
Year-Round: A trip to the Gold Coast won’t be complete without surfing since this place is known for having the best surfing spots including Snappers Rock, Rainbow Bay, Duranbah Beach, and Burleigh Heads. If you’re not into surfing, check out the other attractions in the city such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, SkyPoint Observation Deck, and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
Recommended Holiday Parks and Campsites at the Gold Coast
Cedar Creek Lodges at Thunderbird Park lies along Tamborine Mountain Road at Tamborine Mountain. It covers 112 hectares of land amidst a beautiful rainforest, ideal for vacation and special events. The park is children and pet-friendly. Its popular campsite activities are animal viewing, bushwalking, bird watching, camping, hiking, horse riding, swimming and tennis.
Gold Coast Tourist Parks Burleigh Beach is situated at 36 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads just across the road from the surf beach. The park is children friendly, has beautiful village-like style and is close to a number of shops, restaurants, theme parks and bird and wildlife sanctuaries. Camping, cycling, surfing and swimming are the top activities at the campsite.
Gold Coast Tourist Parks Jacobs Well is popular with boating, fishing and nature lovers. It is located at 1161 Pimpama, Jacobs Well Road, Jacobs Well, around ten minutes drive off the Pacific Highway. The popular activities within the park are bird watching, camping, fishing and swimming. Its facilities include a barbecue, boat ramp, car parking spaces, vehicle wash facilities, communal refrigerator, shower, cots, gardens, gas, ice, iron, kiosk, laundry, library, movie hire, playground, public telephone, safety deposit box, shop and tour desk.
Tommerups Dairy Farm sits along Kerry Road, Kerry. It is a child-friendly working dairy farm covering 200 acres and offering fine accommodations and the opportunity to feed and have fun with farm animals. Its camping grounds are limited to twenty people maximum, so the site is never over-crowded. Fun activities within the campsite include bird watching, cycling, fishing, animal viewing, bushwalking, guided walks, and stargazing.
Treasure Island Holiday Park is located at 117 Brisbane Road at Biggera Waters. The site is family-friendly and is near the Gold Coast's beaches, airstrip and prime theme parks. The park itself is full of leisure facilities to make everyone's holiday wonderful. Its facilities include a bar, barbecue facilities, camp kitchen, child pool, child activities, cots, gaming machines, games/recreation room, playground, swimming pools, gardens, spa, shop and a full-size tennis court.
Currumbin Beach is located within Gold Coast. The site is one of the finest beaches in the world and is famous for its special rock pools and great waves for surfers. The beach is clean and well patrolled so it is definitely safe. It is also not overcrowded making it a good destination to surf, swim and enjoy nature with family and friends.
Currumbin Lake sits not too far from Currumbin Beach. It is a tidal lake famous among both locals and tourists. The lake has calm waters and beautiful natural surrounds. Kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing and swimming are just some of the popular activities in the area. There are free car parking spaces off Duringan Street, as well as picnic tables, toilets and a children's playground.
Sea World can be found at Southport on the Gold Coast. It is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park that started operating in 1971. The venue is owned and managed by the Warner Village Theme Parks. It promotes the conservation and rehabilitation of the sick, injured and orphaned wildlife through its animal exhibits, shows and rides.
Surfers Paradise serves as the Gold Coast's commercial centre and is a popular tourist destination due to the magnificent beaches, clubs, enormous skyscrapers and shopping destinations. Bar hopping, dining, surfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, fishing, whale watching, bungee jumping, golfing and playing beach volleyball are popular activities for visitors. There are plenty of places to eat good food and affordable accommodation options within Surfers Paradise.
Warner Bros Movie World or Movie World sits along the Pacific Highway in Oxenford. The site is owned and managed by the Village Roadshow Theme Parks and have been entertaining people since 1991. Movie World is famous for its themed attractions and rides such as Lethal Weapon - The Ride, Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Superman Escape, Wild West Falls, Hollywood Stunt Driver, Looney Tunes - What's Up Rock, Batman - Shadows of Gotham and Marilyn Tribute.
You need to be at least 21 to rent a campervan in the Gold Coast, but there are a few companies that allow 18-year-old drivers. Read more about age requirements here.
As long as you have a valid driver’s licence, then you can drive a campervan at the Gold Coast. If your licence is not written in English, you may need to provide an International Driving Permit.
Unfortunately, you can’t park your campervan anywhere in the city. There are designated areas where you can park your campervan and these are usually tourist parks and holiday resorts.
Campervan uses diesel or unleaded petrol. Diesel is cheaper so if you want to save up on fuel, look for a diesel-powered campervan.
Use the Vroom Fuel Price Compare app to find the nearest petrol station and check their prices as well.