The words “Gold Coast” alone bring a feeling of sun, sand and fun, so it’s no surprise this city is one of the most popular travel destinations for domestic and overseas holidaymakers. So grab your beach gear and jump in your Gold Coast car hire because we’ve come up with five awesome activities for you to enjoy in this sunny city when you pick up a rental car from our Gold Coast Airport branch.

Tree-t yourself

The backdrop to the Gold Coast is sprawling rainforest and mountain trails which are less than a one-hour drive from our Gold Coast car rentals branch, and make for a breath-taking drive. Taking it all in from ground level is one thing, but how about from 30 metres in the air? There are nine suspension bridges between Springbrook and Mount Tamborine which hover above the tree lines with views that can’t be beaten even throughout your drive from the Gold Coast. Springbrook Natural Bridge offers just as great views minus the hike and is home to nature’s best light show – Glow Worms! These tiny creatures illuminate the rock formations above as water surges through a cavernous hole and into the pools below. Next up, thrilling theme parks! Enjoy the ride down the mountain to the real theme park!

Thrilling Theme Parks

Aside from its natural beauty, the Gold Coast is renowned globally for its man-made attractions with a handful of theme parks only a half-hour drive from our Gold Coast Airport branch. Whether it’s superheroes galore or thundering rollercoasters, there’s sure to be a theme park for you. If thrill seeking is your preferred holiday mode then try out the DC Rivals HyperCoaster, the BIGGEST, fastest and longest roller coaster in the Southern Hemisphere. With speeds topping 110 kilometres per hour, an adrenaline rush is assured!

Have a Whale of a Time

Tuning in with marine life always helps make a great holiday, make your way to Burleigh Hill – commonly known as one of the best spots to see these whales in action These big, gentle beasts of the ocean make their way past the Gold Coast between May and November each year on the search for warmer waters. That means you have almost six months out of every year to meet a whale or two in waters off the city. With various view points along the coast to track down the ocean’s gentle giants. There are several tour operators offering whale encounters in the region, and who knows? You might just get the perfect picture to enter our Snap & Win competition!

One with Nature

Who doesn’t love cuddling a Koala, patting the Kangaroos or feeding the Rainbow Lorikeets? The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of our all-time favourite Gold Coast destinations and only a 5-minute drive from our Gold Coast location, 5-minutes! There’s really no excuse to not stop here next time your visit the Gold Coast. Along with the great opportunity to tune in with nature, it’s a great place to enjoy daily live Aboriginal performances, and every Friday night is home to The Sanctuary Markets a weekly food and live music filled evening. So, hop in your car and head down the Gold Coast to Currumbin for a whole lot of FUN!

Sun and Sand

Last but not least, we couldn’t write a must-visit list about the Gold Coast without mentioning the beach! There is almost 60 kilometres of unique coastline for you to explore, so you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to the sandy stuff. What will you do? Wax down your surfboard at Coolangatta beach just around the corner from our Gold Coast Airport Branch, or top up your tan in the company of a good book in Broadbeach? The choice is yours! Make the most of the Gold Coast with East Coast Car Rentals – just remember to pack your thongs!