Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

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Car rental in Gold Coast

Although the beaches are a huge drawcard for the Gold Coast, there are plenty of reasons to rent a car for your trip. Families will enjoy the freedom to visit the nearby theme parks on their own time while trips into the

Hinterland and the national parks are also made a lot easier with your own set of wheels.

Where to hire a car in Gold Coast

The easiest way to get your holiday started is to book a rental car at Gold Coast Airport so you can get to your accommodation easily. There are 6 hire car companies at the airport (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty) and these can be found opposite the arrivals section.

If you prefer to settle in before picking up your rental car, there are various options throughout the area. These are found mostly along the Gold Coast Highway, from Miami up to the biggest cluster in Surfers Paradise.

What to expect when driving in Gold Coast

Cars in the Gold Coast, and all of Australia, drive on the left-hand side of the road.

There are several routes from the airport to Surfers Paradise and the other beaches in the Gold Coast, but each should take no more than 40 minutes.

A tram operates in the area, so stay alert while driving and be sure to follow all road signs to make sure you keep safe on your holiday.

Popular road trips from Gold Coast

Gold Coast to Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain and its surrounds (50 minutes by State Route 90) offers a nice mix of attractions. The mountain itself has a variety of hiking trails for the different activities you can partake in, while the nearby town is famed for its eclectic and bohemian shops and cafes. On the way, you have the chance to see state forests and glow worm caves if you want to pad out your itinerary.

Gold Coast to Lockyer Valley

Two hours west of the Gold Coast, with toll roads to navigate, is the lush area of Lockyer Valley. The scenery on the way is truly stunning – with stops such as Cunningham’s Crest Lookout offering breathtaking views – before you get to the fertile grounds that supply many of the restaurants in the Gold Coast. Find a camping or glamping spot to get back to nature and give you somewhere close by to stay if you want to sample the local wines.

Gold Coast to Brisbane

In many respects, Brisbane is the Gold Coast’s bigger, more sensible brother. An hour up the coast, Brisbane has a few big city perks – such as the Gabba, Southbank and a lively theatre scene – that are lacking in Goldie.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December 2018.

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