Explore The Amazing Gold Coast: 5 Scenic Drives
Many people claim that the Gold Coast serves as a starting point for some of the best scenic drives the land down under has to offer. And there is no surprise since it is surrounded by stunning beaches, lush rainforest, crystal clear waterfalls and magnificent nature. So, the best thing you could do is to hire a car as soon as you land! Wouldn’t you want to experience the magic at your own pace? That’s why you need to see the top five scenic drives that simply have to be on your to-do list when you arrive!
Before you embark on the drive
Prepare well before embarking on a journey! It would be good to visit and consult a mechanic if you plan on driving for more than just one hundred miles in various weather conditions. Pay extra attention to tire treads. If your tire treads are worn down to 4/32 or lower, you might want to get a new set of tires in order to avoid any issues on the road. Wet weather combined with slick roads can be a real pain in the neck. If you find yourself in dire need of car service, be sure to ring a reliable mobile mechanic in Gold Coast. A good mobile mechanic can fix practically anything and you’ll be cruising again in no time.
Route 1 – Southern beaches to Point Danger
As soon as you land and leave the airport car parking, turn right at the roundabout and then right at the lights to head south. When you do that, just follow the signs for Marine Parade and cruise along the magnificent coastline all the way past Kirra Point, Coolangatta, Greenmount Beach, Rainbow Bay and up the hill towards Point Danger. You wouldn’t believe how pristine the beaches are and if you have a chance, make a small detour to rest and take a closer look. There is no better feeling than a warm breeze combined with the ocean’s salty breath.
Route 2 – Springbrook National Park
The best thing about having a car all to yourself here is that you don’t have to deal with astronomical cab fares or public transport itineraries that limit your experience. Thankfully, you’ll be in a car and you’ll experience Springbrook’s astonishing bushwalks, lookouts and waterfalls. Of course, those include the magnificent Natural Bridge falls and glow worm caves. Many tourists miss out on this experience even though it’s only an hour away from the Gold Coast airport. Make sure to check it out. You won’t regret it.
Route 3 – Currumbin Beach to Currumbin Valley
Many people think that all of the Gold Coast’s hinterland and national parks are hours away from the actual coast itself. That may be true in some cases, but fortunately enough, that’s not the case with Currumbin Valley. Only fifteen minutes from the beach separate you from the lush greenery, rock pools, lookouts and magical cascades. Don’t be scared of getting lost, just stick to the same road from the beach to the valley and enjoy the ride. You’ll never forget those stunning sights.
Route 4 – Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park is best known for its section of the ancient Gondwana Rainforests that are home to the rare Albert’s lyrebird. But, not many know that the best way to indulge in the sights it provides is if you travel by car. Tourists that are looking to witness the crystal-clear waterfalls are in luck. This part of the Gold Coast has quite a treat in store for them. And if you want to experience that too, just put on your walking shoes and prepare a water bottle. You are in for a walk. Don’t worry, even if you’re not into hiking, you’ll be able to find a tour that suits your fitness level. Just take a look at the signage and maps up near O’Reilly’s and start from there. The drive for this one is a long one but do know that it will be worth it.
Route 5 – Mount Tamborine
This mountain takes pride in its amazing views over the rolling hills and the Surfers Paradise skyline over the horizon. If you are a photography enthusiast, driving to Mount Tamborine will be well worth your while. Snap a few shots and then head downtown for a quick visit to its lovely boutique shops. Mount Tamborine is a cute little town that has breweries, distilleries and even cheese factories. It’s definitely worth checking out.
These car routes are just a few of the incredible journeys you could embark on in the Gold Coast. Missing out on any single one of these would be an absolute shame if you’re already in the area.
Written by Zara Lewis. Photo credits to: Prince Roy, Sean Chin, Christina Jeannin, and Berknot.