Without any intent to create a Game of Thrones reference, let us rejoice in the fact that Winter is here! Winter is the best time of the year to do all these outdoor activities without being drenched in sweat afterwards. Gold Coast truly comes alive during the winter. Tourists from the colder parts of Australia will start flocking upwards to the Gold Coast to go whale watching, sightseeing, and just simply enjoy being outdoors. If you are one of the more independent minded travellers, you’d prefer to have more control over things like your destination, your mode of transport, your pace, the pit stops you make along the way, and how much money you’re going to be spending. Below are just some of the awesome things you can do in Gold Coast as a do it yourself traveller.
The Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route, NSW
Gold Coast Coastline (firstlighttravel.com.au)
How do you feel about visiting the sparkling beaches of the Central Coast, sampling the award-winning wines in Hunter Valley, and swimming in the picturesque inlets of Port Stephens? If all of those things got you excited, then you better check out the Pacific Coast Touring Route. Touted by some as “the ultimate road trip,” the Pacific Coast Touring Route has everything: beautiful views, stunning beaches, plenty of quaint towns and cool shops and restaurants, and more cool spots that give you the best vantage point to take in breathtaking sunsets. This journey will take an average of seven days by car and will include places in Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, and Brisbane.
Gold Coast Theme Parks
SeaWorld Gold Coast (Expedia)
If you prefer a more localised itinerary, the following destinations in and around Gold Coast are recommended for first timers and those with time constraints who cannot go too far. When you’re in Gold Coast, you’ve got some great choices when it comes to theme parks. Whether you want to have wild water adventures, see exotic creatures, see how movie magic is created, or go on rides that can top of your adrenaline quota for the day, Gold Coast has it all. You have Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld, SeaWorld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, and the list goes on. No more than a couple of hours drive from your hotel, visiting these parks will surely be the highlight of your visit to Gold Coast, and will give you lasting memories for years to come.
Gold Coast Hinterland
Elabana Falls by Tatiana Gerus
Grab your car, your hiking boots, some clothes for swimming, and your camping equipment and let’s go to Gold Coast Hinterland! Going backpacking across the hinterland is the perfect antidote to all the partying and binge drinking in the bars that pepper the Gold Coast. The calm serenity presented by the lush greenery in the hinterland will snap you out of your hangover in no time. Bird feeding, bushwalking, spotting for koalas and kangaroos, and even wine-tasting are just some of the things you can do in this back to nature destination.
Tambourine Mountain by Simone Brunozzi
Fancy a short drive that will bring you to the top of a scenic mountain with interesting stops along the way, then a trip to Tambourine Mountain will be just for you. The drive is only about half an hour to an hour, at the end of which you will be rewarded with a majestic view, fresh air, unspoilt rainforest greenery, and most likely, a camera filled with breathtaking scenery, and pictures of the stops and people you met along the way.
Gold Coast remains a favourite destination in Australia, not only during the winter, but all year long. From glamourous hotels, a proliferation of pubs and restaurants, theme parks, to the vast expanse of its unspoilt rainforests, Gold Coast has everything for everyone. We’ve just given you a taste of some of the things you can go to by car. There’s more to do and to see and we encourage you to seek out more places to go to so you can get the most out of your trip. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now, get a car hire in Gold Coast, and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime!