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Famous for its expansive beaches, ocean views, and system of inland canals, the city of Gold Coast is located south of Brisbane on the border to New South Wales. As one of the country's most popular travel destinations, the Gold Coast attracts all kinds of visitors from all across Australia—from students to seniors, families to professionals—thanks to its prime setting, theme parks, shopping strips, and nightlife.
The Gold Coast is home to many depots, each offering a wide selection of vehicles from a range of manufacturers, including compact cars, full-size cars, and SUVs.
Europcar, Enterprise, and Sixt currently operate across the Gold Coast in addition to those on site at Gold Coast Airport.
The Goldy has been a holiday playground ever since the famous Surfers Paradise was established in the 1950s at Broadbeach. Flying into Coolangatta Airport always makes one feel like on holidays. There is something in the air on the Gold Coast that makes you feel relaxed.
A Tiger Moth Rainforest flight allows you to see the wilderness of the hinterland from the air and provides an amazing, authentic experience.
Recently, the Tastes of Gold festival has been setting taste buds on fire. It's a 17-day event that showcases the city's chefs and food producers and it includes wine tastings, celebrity-chef cooking classes, lavish banquets and outdoor festivities.
Whatever you do, don't forget to check out the famous Surfers Paradise strip where you'll find shopping, eateries and fashion just a stone's throw from amazing beaches, surfers and sun bathers.
At the Gold Coast you can see the wilderness from the air in a helicopter or see the humpback whales from the sea in a whale-watching tour. These are particularly popular this time of year. By day you can get your thrills by booking a jet boating experience and by night you can party hard at the many bustling night clubs.
For something a little off beat try out the Juggle Jam interactive workshops which are taking place on the 4th of October. Basic juggling techniques and diabolo, flip sticks and poi/staff twirling are all on offer and all ages are welcome. Best of all, no booking is required .
Besides special events there are always plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you well fed and entertained. This area of Queensland is full of things to keep the kids busy. From mini-golf and wax museums to hot air balloon rides or trips to the fabulous beaches. Even a trip to Movie World (known as Hollywood on the Gold Coast) or other theme and adventure parks like Wet N Wild Waterworld, Seaworld or Dreamworld is a fantastic day out with the family.
Being the tourism capital of Australia, the list of things to do on the Gold Coast is endless. If you really want to make sure you get the most out of your time while you are there, booking a hire car will give you the convenience of enjoying paradise at your own pace. So if you are racing to get to everything before your holiday ends, then don't panic, you don't have to wait for shuttles or taxis to take you places. Just jump in your hire car and get to where you want to be. Or if you decide that a relaxing holiday is what you need, a hire car will be perfect as well. That way you can relax and not stress about timetables or schedules.
First things first: Queensland is a huge place so only travellers who have a rental vehicle at their disposal are going to see more than a tiny sliver of this gorgeous state...and even then you'll need a fair bit of time up your sleeve.
Nevertheless, travellers who have hired a Gold Coast rental vehicle can expect to be rewarded with some of the best scenic drives in Australia. The Gold Coast hinterland has drives right up there with the Great Ocean Road and the Snowy Mountains Highway. Spending a day behind the wheel will show you some gorgeous sights and take you to fantastic views and secret mountain cafes. However there are also shorter scenic routes if you are on a time budget.