Top 8 Reasons to Include the Gold Coast on your Travel Itinerary

Famous for amazing surf and stunning beaches, warm weather and top-notch shopping, it’s no surprise that the Gold Coast is quickly becoming one of Australia’s premier travel destinations. Set in Queensland on Australia’s east coast, each year the Gold Coast offers millions of visitors surf, sun, shopping and family fun all the way from Southport to Coolangatta. 
 
Here’s 8 reasons why you need to book yourself a Gold Coast rental car and explore the entire Gold Coast during your Aussie travels.
 
1 – Beach Bum Bliss 
 
If you’re looking for a beachy holiday, few places in the world can keep up with the Gold Coast. Whether you’re swimming or sunbathing, looking for a bustling stretch of sand or a private seaside spot to stroll, you’ll find it at the Gold Coast. Join the crowds at one of the popular beaches like Main Beach, Nobby Beach and Coolangatta Beach, or hop in that hired car and find more remote, quieter areas like Currumbin Inlet or Miami Beach.
 
Main Beach Gold Coast
 
2 – Surfer’s Paradise
 
Many of the Gold Coast’s visitors are keen to hop on their surfboards and get familiar with the waves at Surfer’s Paradise. When you’re taking a break from the surf, there’s heaps to do in this seaside resort and plenty of beautiful sky-high accommodations to choose from offering 360-degree views of the city and sea.
 
Surfers Paradise Gold Coast
 
3 – Family Fun
 
Heading to the Gold Coast with the family makes for a brilliant holiday with the perfect mix of kid-friendly activities and relaxing ocean-side days. Gather the kids in the car rental and take them to some of the region’s many theme parks like Dreamworld, Seaworld and Whitewater World. They’ll also enjoy getting to know the Australian wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or experience Aussie farm life at Paradise Country.  
 
Dreamworld Gold Coast
 
4 – Vitamin D
 
If you’re after sunshine, the Gold Coast won’t disappoint. With 300 sunny days a year and year-round warm weather, you’ll certainly be dosing up on some much-needed vitamin D. Even in winter, you’ll find beaches filled with locals and visitors alike, swimming, surfing and strolling along the sandy beaches. 
 
Surfing Gold Coast
 
5 – The Food and Drink Scene is Tops
 
There are more quality restaurants, bars and cafés along the Gold Coast than you could ever possibly visit. With everything from luxurious dinners overlooking the sea to a nourishing pre-surf lunch, unbelievable coffee to quirky late-night bars, the Gold Coast has something for everyone’s tastes. 
 
Food Scene Brisbane
 
6 – More than just Beaches
 
While it’s famous for its beaches, the Gold Coast has more to offer than just sea. Head inland and you’ll find several national parks where you can enjoy a healthy hike, take in the sight of waterfalls and rock pools and explore the rain forests. For a day on land, take the car hire out to Springbrook National Park or Tamborine Mountain. 
 
Springbrook National Park
 
7 – Put on Your Dancing Shoes
 
Certain stretches of the Gold Coast – like Surfer’s Paradise and Broadbeach – are famous party spots. If you’re after the Aussie nightlife, there’s no shortage of night clubs and lounge bars, so make sure to pack your dancing shoes! 
 
Gold Coast nightlife
 
8 – Unbeatable Shopping
 
Last but not least, the Gold Coast’s shopping is at the top of many tourists’ bucket lists. Hire a car and drive to Australia’s fourth biggest shopping centre, Pacific Fair, in Broadbeach or simply explore the region’s many boutique stores, second-hand shops and outlet stores.
 
Pacific Fair Gold Coast
 
If you are thinking of heading to New Zealand after you trip, be sure to book an Auckland Airport rental car from RaD Car Hire New Zealand, as this would be the best means to exploring the city and all regions beyond this.