Beyond the Gold Coast – Other places to explore on your holiday!

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations because it’s beaches, attractions, nightlife and weather. But did you know there are lots of other beautiful places within day-trip distance of the Gold Coast? If you’ve got a rental car while you are here, these are the top 5 places we recommend to go for a drive – just for the day or even to stay a few nights:

Bribie Island

Another beautiful area to check out is Bribie Island, an island off the coast of Brisbane that is connected to the mainland by bridge across the stunning Pumicestone Passage.  Just two hours from Surfers Paradise in your rental car, Bribie Island has the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast wihtout the crowds. Enjoy a picnic by the waterways at Bongaree, swim in the patrolled waters of Woorim Beach or go for a bushwalk in the national park.  Bribie Island is just another beautiful part of southern Queensland you can experience with the freedom of a rental car!

Byron Bay

Byron has gone from small hippie town to happening tourist spot and if you’re holidaying on the Gold Coast, it’s just a stone’s throw away in your rental car – well, about an hour’s drive from Surfers Paradise.  If you’re okay with reverse angle parking then you can leave your car on the main street and walk around this beautiful town, which is a mix of local surf culture and trendy tourist-friendly shops and restaurants.  You definitely should take a walk up to the Lighthouse and enjoy the view from Australia’s eastern-most point, and have lunch (and a beer) and the Byron Bay Beach Hotel.

Gold Coast car hire from Surfers Rent A Car

Surfers Rent A Car provides car rentals on the Gold Coast and all our cars can be taken to any of the above destinations –  We offer unbeatable prices with no hidden fees, friendly service, reliable vehicles of all sizes and types and local knowledge that is second to none. Get an obligation free quote for your car rental here

Sunshine Coast

With your Gold Coast hire car, you can get to the Sunshine Coast in about 2 and a half hours. If you avoid driving in peak times, it’s a very nice drive with plenty of places to stop along the way.  Here you will find some more of the country’s best beaches such as Caloundra and Mooloolaba and tourist hotspot Noosa. There’s something for everyone from outdoor activities like cycling and walks, to shopping at Sunshine Plaza, to entertainment on Hastings Street and plenty of fun things for the kids like Underwater World.


The capital city of Queensland has a lot to offer visitors from the Gold Coast.  Situated about an hour and a half from Surfers Paradise, Brisbane is definitely worth taking a day trip to if you’ve got a rent a car. Some of the highlights to check out include the botanical gardens,  shopping on Queen Street, the Museum of Brisbane and the family fun at Southbank.  Parking can be difficult in the city, so Southbank is a great place to park your rental car is Southbank and then you can walk around this beautiful city.

Tweed Coast

One of the hidden gems of the Gold Coast is just over the border in New South Wales.  The Tweed Coast is the perfect spot for a day trip in your hire car, just over half an hour’s drive from Surfers Paradise.  Tweed Heads is the shopping and entertainment centre of the region with plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied, from cinemas to ten pin bowling.  But if it’s beautiful beaches and the small coastal town vibe you’re after, check out Kingscliff and Pottsville – we recommend getting some fish and chips and parking your car by the beach to enjoy the local cuisine and the spectacular view!