Planning a Gold Coast road trip? Here’s what you need to include, from mountains to markets
The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s most popular destinations, with 10 million tourists visiting every year. From world-class beaches and tropical rainforests to bustling cafes and markets, there are Gold Coast attractions for every type of traveller. With so much to see and do, a road trip is the best way to experience what this stunning region has to offer. Here are the hotspots and hidden gems not to miss on your Gold Coast road trip.
Springbrook National Park
No road trip in this region is complete without seeing the lush Gold Coast hinterland, and 45 minutes’ drive inland brings you to Springbrook National Park. Rare birds live in the rainforest’s towering canopies, and sleepy koalas are often spotted in gum trees. For waterfall chasers, don’t miss the suspension bridge overlooking Purling Brook Falls on one of the area’s many walking tracks.
Part of what locals call The Green behind the Gold is Tamborine Mountain, where bushwalks with sweeping views, a winery with a glow worm cave and the popular Treetop Challenge circuit draw visitors all year round. Whether you go for a zip line or a sip of local wine, make sure you visit Tamborine Mountain on your Gold Coast road trip.