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The Gold Coast is a large sprawling semi tropical holiday and lifestyle regional centre with a local population of approx. 0.7m people and attracting more than 10m visitors annually. Most of these visitors are Australians with many coming from within a 3 hours drive as Brisbane and further north and to the south is a large market of around 3 million people.

Many of the locals have migrated predominantly from the south is search of warmer weather, a relaxed lifestyle plus a lower cost of living. The tourists as mentioned above come largely from within a reasonable driving distance however there are still many from interstate and overseas flying into this holiday destination.

Tourists are drawn to the Gold Coast by the weather, the beaches and surf along with the many purpose built wildlife and fun park attractions. Having a hire car is quite convenient to travel to all these places of interest as distances are quite considerable otherwise there is a comprehensive shuttle bus network, tram line or public bus transport that can take tourists just about anywhere.

The major centre is Surfers Paradise where there are many high rise residential towers of 40 levels plus right on the beachfront stretching kilometres providing incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. The towers have loads of facilities including swimming pools, gyms as well as restaurants. Nearby there are usually many other options including the quintessential Aussie icon, the surf club, with an absolute beachfront, so ocean views, providing a family friendly low key low cost experience.

Should the bright lights of the Gold Coast become over awing then the Gold Coast hinterland delivers the exact opposite with cooling rain forests and waterfalls only a short 30 mins drive where sign posted walks provide absolute tranquillity. If it’s a walk with some skill associated then there are a myriad of competition level golf courses all along the Gold Coast although absolute tranquillity can’t be guaranteed.

Guide to the Gold Coast

The area is renowned for its white sandy beaches and therefore one of the most popular activities is beach hopping along the coast. There is the option of the sheltered waters at Coolangatta and the Currumbin beaches or the popular surfing beaches at Main Beach or Burleigh Heads.

You can also escape the crowds and discover the enchanting hinterland national park and charming villages up in the mountains. Whether it be on foot or on a bicycle, discover the charming villages, ancient volcanoes, rainforests and vineyards and breweries. The Lamington National Park is full of adventures ranging from waterfalls to tree climbing. We would also recommend seeing the stunning Twin Falls which lie at the heart of the Springbrook National Park and are only a 15 mins hike away.

Things to do in the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is set up for things to do as there is a constant need to keep up with the expectation of the 10m tourists visiting annually.

To start with first thing in every day before it heats up is an early morning walk along the white sandy beaches with the waves from the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean lapping through your bare feet. Once that’s done then there is a leisurely breakfast at any cafes nearby with choices aplenty that could be expected anywhere in the world. Breakfast is also a good time to plan the day. Day one usually centres around beach time during the morning including swimming with a stroll around later in the morning to the retail areas for lunch then cementing a plan for dinner with an afternoon relax back at the accommodation.

By about day 3 there are itchy feet with the desire to do things that are part of the Gold Coast’s broader experience. There are many attractions from wild life to theme parks or a mixture. One that is conveniently located and provides both a theme park and wildlife experience is Seaworld. Seaworld usually has a polar bear, whales, sharks and dolphins with the later providing an orchestrated performance. The performance includes the handlers swimming with dolphins, feeding them, having them shoot out of the water into a somersault and finally a small number of patrons get an upfront and personal experience with these loveable creatures. Then onto the various adrenaline rides and when you get a little heated then go to the waterslides to cool off and gets some personal thrills. To finish off the days activities there is an acrobatic water ski performance where professionals do all sorts of feats and jumps with the obligatory clown chipping in for some laughs.

To get a real wildlife experience its best to hop to the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary where there are not only indigenous birds there are also land hugging creatures including wallabies, crocodiles, wombats and koalas. There is a bird show where hawks and eagles preform up close and personal with low flying feats just above the visitors’ heads.

If you are still looking for something else there is always the Casino to whittle away your hard earned, good luck.

Where to go on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast offers a serene environment for tourists of all ages. And with the fantastic awaiting on-land and in-water adventures, cheap car rental in Gold Coast is more than a luxury in this Queensland city.

Forgo the sunrise beach sun kissing norm for the magic HunterLand Walk. Explore the insides of Lamington rainforests and grasp your breath at the waterfalls as you catch a glimpse of native wildlife. Pass by the nearby Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for amusement with the crocodiles and koalas.

Afterward, get a car hire Gold Coast and drive slowly through the Old Burleigh Road. If you feel like having a quiet time, retrieve to the Southport after a light meal at Broadbeach cafés. Or go for a nature stroll at O’REILLY’s Tree Top Walkway.

Love golf? Put your skills to the test at Palmer Gold Coast or Parkwood International as you inhale the fresh Gold Coast air. After that take the kids to DreamWorld for a wild experience.

You haven’t had enough fun yet if you haven’t tried the Jet Skis. You can also enroll for a short surfing course in one of the many coastal line schools. Enjoy the underwaters with the sight of turtles and seahorses and remember to make use of the Discover Scuba Diving experience if you are starting out.

Tag your family to the Gold Coast Theme parks for thrilling experiences. Get to sample movie characters, ride on roller coasters and splash in the water parks. Make the experience complete with car hire Gold Coast to Warner Bros. Movie Land and Sea World for a date with the dolphins.

Gifts make a trip memorable. Make sure to pass through the Pacific Fair and Harbour Town Out Let Shopping centers for captivating offers. Let Enjoy Car Hire organize a cheap car rental Gold Coast to move you around.

You can now immerse yourself in the white sandy beaches as you wind up your stay in Gold Coast.

Transport

Airports

There are two airports with easy access to the Gold Coast. If you are from abroad, you will have to fly to Brisbane airport which is about an hour drive from the Gold Coast and there is a shuttle bus that will take you or plenty of car hire companies available at the airport. Alternatively if you are taking a domestic flight you may arrive at Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta.

Buses and trains

The bust network is TransLink and tends to get you to the tourist hotspots. However it is hard work, with the services often being delayed. To get off the tourist trail, renting a car is the best way to escape the crowds. There is also the newly constructed light rail system that was built in 2014 and follows the highway.

Driving Tips

Navigating the area is fairly easy: you just follow the Gold Coast Highway which will take you through the major areas.

There are lots of cyclists around so be aware of them at all times.

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FAQs about car hire in Gold Coast

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Gold Coast

Prices start from A$33/day, with the average cost being around A$53/day.
A 50km speed limit will apply in most residential areas of the Gold Coast.
The drive takes about 1 hour and is about 80 km.
The drive from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes just over one hour and is about 95 km.
You are permitted to drive in Queensland if you hold a valid Australian or foreign licence. If your licence is in a language other than English, you should carry an English translation of it when driving.
We have many suppliers available for pick up from Gold Coast airport: East Coast Car Rentals, Hertz, Europcar, Keddy, National, Enterprise and Alamo.
Our pick up locations on the Gold Coast include Currumbin Waters, Southport and Surfers Paradise.
Although there are no toll roads on the Gold Coast, there are toll roads in and around Brisbane. These include: the Gateway Motorway, Logan Motorway, Clem7 Tunnel, AirportLink M7, the Go Between Bridge, and Legacy Way. Please discuss payment of the tolls with the hire company.
In order to discover the beautiful paradise that is Hinterland you will need to rent a car.
Most parking requires you to pay at a metre by the hour which can get expensive. However the Paradise Centre offers all -day parking for $20.
The Gold Coast is an incredibly popular part of Australia among travellers. You will need about 157 AUD per day.
You can find a Hyundai Accent is in the off-peak season for 79.66 AUD per day.
The Gold Coast is a great destination to be explored by car so we’d recommend renting one.
The best places to visit in Gold Coast are the Burleigh Hill, the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens, Long Tan Park in Currumbin and Hinze Dam in Advancetown.
The best time to travel to the Gold Coast in Australia is from January to May and August to December.
It is 342.13 AUD for a week, or 48.88 AUD per day.
It is 1124.12 AUD for a month, or 37.47 AUD per day.
It’s between AUD 2.00 and AUD 1.40 per litre.