The Gold Coast is a glamorous and wonderful place full of sun, wonder, and brilliant things to do. It’s a great tourist destination for those looking to get away after extended lockdowns, as well as a fabulous place to visit for those who live nearby. So, if somehow you’re tired of the sea and sand and you are going to be anywhere near the Gold Coast this summer, read on for a list of six fantastic day trips you can take without having to travel too far from those glorious beaches.
1. Southern Queensland Country
For wine lovers, this is a great day out. Here you could have the time of your life following the Granite Belt wine trail. You will be able to enjoy larger as well as more boutique growers and enjoy a huge variety of flavours. Be careful not to drink too much though, this is a day out you really won’t want to forget!
2. Tamborine Mountain
If you enjoy hiking or trekking, this one is for you. One of the most stunning peaks in Queensland, Tamborine Mountain is an unmissable experience for anyone who is active. There, you can enjoy wonderful scenery as well as a splendid array of nature. Make sure to wear your hiking boots and pack your camera and you’ll be good to go.
3. Natural Bridge and Springbrook Waterfalls
For nature lovers, there’s nothing quite as great as finding a beautiful waterfall to admire, out of the way of civilisation. You won’t be able to get enough of this area as you walk through jungle, explore ancient caves and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Warning. And that’s all aside from the magnificent waterfall!
4. Scenic Rim Farm
If you’re looking for something really unique, you won’t want to skip this destination! Explore the area for some wonderful food and drink, and make sure you locate the camels on the farm as well. You can even taste camel dairy gelato if you’re feeling adventurous! This one will definitely be a great talking point when you get home.
5. Lady Elliot Island
Full of wonderful and majestic creatures, Lady Elliot Island is definitely a bucket list location. Renowned for its population of manta rays and turtles, the island is a great place for adventurous folk who would love to try their hand at snorkelling or diving. It’s also commended for its sustainability efforts; the gloriously white beaches are made entirely of crushed corals and any nature lover would be in awe to know that the island is home to over 1200 species of marine life. You really don’t want to miss out on that!
6. Warner Bros Movie World
The Gold Coast is a glorious place, but during your stay, you might want to do something with a little extra added excitement. Warner Bros Movie World is a great family trip and perfect for kids. All of your favourite characters will be around to meet. It’s also great for older visitors with some thrilling rides to enjoy. Make sure to check out the DC Rivals Hypercoaster which is actually the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster – that is, if you’re not too scared!
Now that you have an idea of some of the great days out near the Gold Coast, we’re sure you’re eager to get going. Make sure to book with Economy Rental Cars and add a day out you’ll never forget to your trip.