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Top Road Trip Itineraries From the Gold Coast

View north from Burleigh Heads towards Gold Coast - Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast is the starting point for some of the best scenic drives in Australia. Surrounded by magnificent beaches, lush rainforest and waterfalls, there is a lot to explore in the region. When you've finished exploring the sights of Surfers Paradise, and you've visited the Gold Coast's famous theme parks, here are some other destinations to explore. 

Coolongatta / Tweed Heads

Coolangatta Beach

Travel Time: 40 minutes

Directions: From Surfers Paradise, head south on State Route Three toward Burleigh Heads. The road will merge with the Pacific Motorway, where you should continue to head south, following signs for Coolangatta.

Top Attractions: Burleigh Heads Beach, Snapper Rocks, Point Danger, Coolongatta Beach.

A journey south across the border to New South Wales will yield even more beautiful beaches. Stop in at Burleigh Heads along the way. From the foreshore and Burleigh Head National Park you can get a great view of the Gold Coast skyline. 

Marking the southernmost point of the Gold Coast, Coolangatta is a popular place for surfers, and for good reason. From the headland at Greenmount Beach you will see some of the most impressive waves on the coast. Be sure to visit Snapper Rocks to see the surfers in action.

Springbrook National Park

Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park

Travel Time: 1hr

Directions: From Nerang, head west to the Nerang Murwillumbah Road. Turn off at the Gold Coast Springbrook Road and follow it south into Springbrook National Park. 

Top Attractions: Best of All Lookout, Purling Brook Falls, Natural Bridge, Goomoolahra Falls

Even if just for the impressive view of the Gold Coast skyline in the distance, Springbrook National Park is a must-see. The rainforest is home a number of scenic waterfalls, like Goomoolahra Falls and Purling Brook Falls. 

Nearby, visitors can head to the stunning Natural Bridge, a waterfall cut through the rocks. Go on a bush walk and explore the rainforest. The glow worm tunnel is another popular stop along the route. There are plenty of scenic lookouts in the area where you can enjoy different views over Springbrook. 

Brisbane

Aerial view of Brisbane city

Travel Time: 1hr

Directions: It is easy to reach central Brisbane from the Gold Coast. Simply head north on the Pacific Motorway. If you are heading for the CBD, take the exit onto Elizabeth Street. 

Top Attractions: Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank Parklands, Story Bridge, Queen Street Mall, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

There is plenty to see in Queensland's capital city. Whether it is culture, art, wildlife, scenery or even a beach in the middle of the city - Brisbane has what you are looking for. Explore the South Bank Parklands, and stop in at the Gallery of Modern Art to see some unique artworks.

For a culinary adventure, head to the Eat Street Markets which features various street food from all around the world. If you'd prefer world-class restaurants, the city features many options. There is also cafes and restaurants offering international cuisine along South Bank. 

Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park waterfall

Travel Time: 1hr 30mins

Directions: Head west to the Beaudesert-Nerang Road. When you reach Canungra, take the Lamington National Park Road. 

Top Attractions: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Kamarun Lookout. Mount Bithongabel

Only 90 minutes from the Gold Coast, Lamington National Park offers a wealth of incredible scenery. The access road to the park is very windy, but you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the view. 

Follow signs to O'Reilly's, a guesthouse at the top of the mountains. Here you can enjoy a walk through the treetops, seeing the rainforest from a unique perspective. The area is home to unique Australian wildlife, so keep an eye out to see what mammals are around.

Book your trip to the Gold Coast today so you can start planning a road trip to one of these fantastic locations.

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