Car Hire in Gold Coast
Your Aussie holiday dreams can come true with car hire in Gold Coast. Get out of the city and discover pristine beaches and breathtaking national parks when you rent a car in Gold Coast. Compare prices with Skyscanner and you'll always find the best Gold Coast car hire deals, so you'll have more money to spend on the top things to do in Gold Coast.
Where to Hire a Car in Gold Coast
Driving is a popular past-time in the land down under (you can see why, with our top ten Australian road trips) so there are hundreds of car hire agencies in Gold Coast. You can rent a car once you arrive at your resort, with plenty of options clustered around Surfer's Paradise and Mermaid Beach.
Specialist car hire options in Gold Coast include luxury vehicles – put the top-down for some envy-worthy Instagram shots. If you reckon two wheels are better than four, moped hire in Gold Coast is worth checking out. Just remember to be wear a helmet and drive carefully – road rash is one souvenir you don't want to take home. Car hire from Gold Coast Airport is available from global agencies like Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. It's best to book in advance if you're looking for 8-seater car hire.
Tips for Driving in Gold Coast
Australians drive on the left, just like in Ireland, so you've got one less thing to worry about when you rent a car in Gold Coast. Residential areas have a 50km/ph speed limit, which rises to 100-110km/ph when you get out onto the highway. Wearing your seat belt is mandatory in Australia, and drink driving laws are strict. If you're planning to party on the beach, make sure you choose a designated driver (or check into a nearby Gold Coast hotel for the night).
Car parking in Gold Coast is in high-demand, especially around the beaches. The city uses parking meters and a two hour time limit to combat this. Always check regulations and prices before leaving your rental car. You can use the PayStay app to find and pay for parking.
3 Easy Day Trips from Gold Coast
Best for nature lovers: Springbrook National Park If you're bored of beautiful beaches, head inland to this gorgeous national park. It's just under an hour from Surfer's Paradise (47km). Lush forests provide plenty of shade for hiking, and waterfalls spill into tempting swimming holes. The landscape is incredibly interesting, thanks to an ancient volcanic eruption.
Best for families: Dreamworld Australia's biggest theme park is just 25 minutes drive (24 kilometres) from downtown Gold Coast. Adrenaline addicts will enjoy rides like Buzzsaw, Wipeout and The Claw while younger kids can enjoy colourful attractions at Wiggle World and the Dreamworks Experience. There's also a zoo – tiger island, here we come.
Best for surfers: Duranbah Done with Surfer's Paradise? Head 45 minutes south (50km) to D-Bah. The large swells have made this beach popular among experienced surfers, and you're pretty much guaranteed big waves. This beach is best for confident surfers – otherwise, you can hang out at Point Danger and watch the daredevils tackle the big breaks.