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With the Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to the north, the border of New South Wales to the south, and the lush peaks of the hinterlands stretching inland, the Gold Coast is a prime location from which to explore Australia’s east coast. Here are some of the best day trips from the Gold Coast.  

Stradbroke Island — 22 miles (35 km) north
Stradbroke Island, or Straddie as the locals call it, is a slice of paradise ranking as the second largest sand island in the world. It’s just over a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast, making it a convenient choice for water sports, wildlife-watching cruises, and sea kayaking excursions.

Lamington National Park — 29 miles (46 km) southwest
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park stretches over 49,915 acres (20,200 hectares) of protected forest ranging from subtropical rain forest to drier eucalyptus forest. On a day trip from Gold Coast, it’s possible to enjoy a canopy walk, go bird watching, or take a bushwalk from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Mt. Tamborine National Park — 29 miles (47 km) northwest
Visit Mt. Tamborine National Park during the day and marvel at the views from the Rainforest Skywalk, or brave a nighttime rainforest tour and spot wildlife by flashlight as you hike to a waterfall and stand beneath a canopy of twinkling glow worms.

Brisbane — 49 miles (79 km) north
The Queensland capital is just a short hop from the beach, making it an obvious choice for a day tour. Take in the views from Kangaroo Point and Story Bridge; browse the stalls at the Brisbane City Markets; stroll around the lively Southbank and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens; or enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Brisbane River.

Byron Bay — 58 miles (94 km) south
Cross the border into New South Wales and visit laid-back Byron Bay, renowned as one of the east coast’s coolest beach resorts. Here, you can visit Australia’s most easterly point, do some shopping, grab lunch at a beachside café, or spend the day surfing and sunning on some of Australia’s best beaches.

Moreton Island — 65 miles (105 km) north
Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world, is 90 percent covered by national park and is home to Mt. Tempest, the planet’s highest coastal sand hill. Snorkelers will find a variety of colorful life at the Tangalooma Wrecks off the western coast, while plentiful sand dunes make for excellent sand boarding.
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Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast

Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast

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Exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland can be a challenge if you don’t have your own transport, but this full-day tour from the Gold Coast offers the perfect introduction. Discover the natural wonders of the Springbrook National Park, stopping to take in the views of Mt Warning and the Numinbah Valley, and admire landmarks including the Natural Arch, Rainbow Falls, and Goomalarah Falls.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.01
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$80.01

Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour

Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour

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Explore the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Gold Coast hinterland on this full-day tour to Lamington National Park. Rumble along remote tracks in a 4WD vehicle, soak up spectacular views from the summit of Tamborine Mountain and explore the subtropical rain forest on a guided nature walk. At O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, get a closer look at native plants, birds and even koalas on an elevated treetop walk. A traditional Aussie barbecue lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off from Gold Coast complete this fantastic eco-adventure.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.64
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$118.64
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Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast

Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast

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Take a break from Gold Coast beaches to discover the livable urban charm of Brisbane on a full-day tour that offers plenty of time to explore Queensland’s capital on your own. Take morning tea at a lookout atop Mt. Coot-tha or the Botanical Gardens, and see most of the main sights, including Kangaroo Point, King George Square, trendy South Bank, China Town, and more. Customize your day during free time to cruise along the Brisbane River, visit the Science Centre, or perhaps dine at one of downtime’s excellent restaurants.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.01
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$75.01

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The Best of Tamborine Mountain from the Gold Coast

The Best of Tamborine Mountain from the Gold Coast

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Exploring the Gold Coast hinterland can be tricky for those unfamiliar with the area. See places you'd never find on your own on this guided tour to Tamborine Mountain. Embark on a rainforest walk to Curtis Falls, travel through Eucalyptus Forest, and explore the Tamborine Mountain Forest Skywalk, a network of forest floor trails, steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy, and a 131-foot (40-meter) cantilevered bridge that soars 98 feet (30 meters) above the creek and rainforest below.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.43
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$86.43

Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast

Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast

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Head into the Gold Coast hinterland for an evening of luminescent glow worms, a torch-lit rain forest walk, and stargazing in the clear night sky. Deep inside the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest, marvel at the natural phenomenon of thousands of tiny glow worms lighting up an ancient cave before trekking among the nocturnal creatures of Queensland on a guided night safari. Cap off the evening with stargazing at the Springbrook Research Observatory and a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.01
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$72.01

Gold Coast 4WD Eco Outback Tracks Tour

Gold Coast 4WD Eco Outback Tracks Tour

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Explore the wild beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland on this half-day 4WD tour to Mt Tamborine. Encounter koalas, kangaroos and cascading mountain waterfalls on a guided bushwalk through the eucalypt rain forest of Mt Tamborine National Park. Indulge in some mountainside wine tasting, learn how to throw a boomerang and enjoy a morning or afternoon tea break with scones on this delightfully diverse tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.83
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$66.83
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Tamborine Mountain Daily Service, Treetop Challenge and Thunderbird Park

Tamborine Mountain Daily Service, Treetop Challenge and Thunderbird Park

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Daily Service, Helensvale Station to and from Tamborine Mountain. Servicing, Eagle Heights, Mount Tamborine, North Tamborine, The Skywalk, Thunderbird Park and Treetop Challenge. See amazing wildlife in a geological rich oasis that is Tamborine Mountain, visit waterfalls, translucent rock pools, inspiring landscapes, towering rainforest, majestic views and star-studded skies all add to the magic that is Tamborine Mountain. Enjoy an affordable mountain adventure, a romantic escape, or a family holiday. Stay a day or a week.
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  • 1 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.27
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$14.27
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Hot Air Ballooning Brisbane including Canungra Vineyards breakfast

Hot Air Ballooning Brisbane including Canungra Vineyards breakfast

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Enjoy a hot air balloon tour from Brisbane with Australia's most experienced and professional team. Be picked up in airconditioned comfort from Nerang or Canugra and drive to Brisbane's Scenic Rim area for your balloon flight. With an early morning start, experience the landscape from your balloon basket as you soar with the breeze over the land below. Upon landing, you are welcome to participate in packing away your aircraft - not something you get to do every day! Top off your morning with a full hot buffet breakfast, complete with a chilled glass of celebratory champagne to toast a successful hot air balloon flight. Relax on your return journey back to your pick up location or ongoing itineraries.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$210.25
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$210.25
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Private Tangalooma Wrecks Tour

Private Tangalooma Wrecks Tour

The most comprehensive boat cruise on the Gold Coast! This tour runs for up to 8 hours and showcases the world famous Tangalooma Wrecks of Moreton Island. We also Cruise past both North and South Stradbroke Island and Wave Break Island's with sightings of Dolphins, turtles, rays and fish commonly seen.You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a gentle walk on Moreton Island looking for native wildlife. We also offer a selection of Locally grown fruit to enjoy while on the cruise and make the experience even more enjoyable.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,492.04
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$1,492.04

Private Half-Day Springbrook National Park Eco Tour - Up to 6 people

Private Half-Day Springbrook National Park Eco Tour - Up to 6 people

Experience the natural beauty of Queensland on this private tour of Springbrook National Park. Upon arrival at the park, our local guide will lead you on a walk to waterfalls, dramatic gorges, sweeping views, and lush rainforests. We will dive deep into the local history and learn about geological changes that lead to the natural glamour you will witness on this tour. All of the things that make Springbrook National Park a must see for anyone visiting the Gold Coast area compiled in a private, intimate experience tailored to your own pace and your discretion. Capture timeless shots from highland lookouts, while keeping a keen eye and ear out for birds. Due to clearing in neighboring areas, the national park has become a haven for hundreds of bird species. Our guide will be sure to point these out to those interested and provide additional information about the flora and fauna of the area. Join us for a walk on the wildside in Springbrook National Park!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$488.08
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$488.08
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Half-Day Private Tour to Tamborine Mountain with Wine Tasting - Up to 6 people

Half-Day Private Tour to Tamborine Mountain with Wine Tasting - Up to 6 people

Join us for a tour through Mt.Tamborine’s exciting scenery as we venture through the lush sub-tropical rainforest in your own private 4WD vehicle. Come say hello to the native wildlife (yes, koalas), raise a glass at Heritage Winery Reds and enjoy a tea break in the midst of the Hinterland. Over the course of five hours, our local guide will take you under his knowledgeable wings and provide precious insights into the indigenous way of life, local flora & fauna and the local fascinating history.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$563.17
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Gold Coast Local Craft Beer and Breweries Tour

Gold Coast Local Craft Beer and Breweries Tour

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Visit three craft breweries on the Gold Coast during a half-day tour that includes lots of beer tastings and a delicious lunch. You'll sample the goods at Black Hops Brewing, Burleigh Brewing, and Balter Brewing, meet some of the brewers, and learn what goes on behind the scenes during the brewing process.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.17
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$136.17
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Gold Coast Half-Day Fishing Charter

Gold Coast Half-Day Fishing Charter

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Enjoy deep sea fishing on a 5-hour charter tour from the Gold Coast. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure for this fishing tour with professional fishing guides who assist you to find and land your catch. A wide variety of pelagic and bottom-dwelling fish can be found in the waters off the Gold Coast. Includes the use of fishing equipment and a safe ride on a fully equipped boat.
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  • 5 hours
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$100.12
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$100.12

Bar & Brewery tour

Bar & Brewery tour

Tipsy Tours started as a tipsy idea in 2015 and came to fruition soon after. Offering full-day, half-day and customised day trips to arguably the best wineries, distilleries and boutique breweries South-East QLD has to offer. Servicing Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Northern NSW. From 6 to 75+ passengers, we can cater for any event - private or corporate. We strive to make sure everyone has the best time with us! Tasting wine, eating good food, laughing, learning and loving the decision to choose Tipsy Tours for your event. We spend our time researching and exploring new possibilities to help keep our tours fresh, interesting, and relevant At Tipsy Tours, we pride ourself on the best service, experience and value for money. At a fraction of the cost of other comparable tour companies, we endeavour to not only be the best value for money but the go-to for all locals, Travelers, and connoisseur alike. There isn't much we won't do!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$140.97
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$140.97

Private Tour

Private Tour

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Consult with your dedicated personal tour guide to develop a hiking itinerary best suited to your group. With two national parks to explore, we offer trails with distance and difficulty ranging from 1km strolls to 20+km epics. Want to focus on waterfalls, ancient Antarctic Beech forests or a spectacular sunrise? Book a Private Tour and create your own unforgettable rainforest experience!
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  • 3 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$299.61
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$299.61
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World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge

World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge

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Journey into the hinterlands on this 5-hour afternoon tour of the Springbrook National Park from the Gold Coast. Explore the UNESCO-listed Goondawanna rainforests by coach, stopping to walk through the jungle, peek into ancient caves and enjoy views of Mount Warning from the Best of All Lookout.  Visit natural wonders like Purling Brook Falls, Numinbah valley and Rainbow Falls, and soak up the scenery from the Canyon Lookout. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people for a personalised experience, and includes hotel pick-up and afternoon tea.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$67.74
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$67.74
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Tropical Fruit World with Wildlife Boat Cruise from Gold Coast

Tropical Fruit World with Wildlife Boat Cruise from Gold Coast

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Visit Tropical Fruit World, where you can learn about tropical fruit around the world and taste the fruit grown on the farm. Cruise down the farm's waterway and feed the wild birds as they swim and swoop alongside the boat, then transfer to a miniature train for a ride through the eucalyptus trees.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.29
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$79.29

All Inclusive Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise Departing Gold Coast

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All Inclusive Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise Departing Gold Coast

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.56
$134.41
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$134.41
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Brisbane & Gold Coast Personal Tours

Brisbane & Gold Coast Personal Tours

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Private tours are available for groups from 2 – 13 guests. Ideal for those with limited time who can chose the day and times of their tour to suit your time in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. You may even find that this is a cheaper option than booking one of our scheduled tours. tours can be tailored to your own requirements. Would like to go to Byron Bay, Toowoomba/Darling Downs or Brisbane destinations? We can put a great tour together for you. Catering can be arranged to suit your needs or simply take our standard menus which are designed to suit most tastes. Set rates are available for both full-day and half-day tours depending upon the number in your group. We pick you up at your accommodation / hotel in Brisbane, Logan or Gold Coast. – you can choose the time! Guest will travel in an air-conditioned 13 seat mini-bus. Be assured we know what we are doing and will endeavour to make your trips one of the highlights of your visit to Queensland.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$560.67
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$560.67
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Sirromet Winery All inclusive Lunch @ Lurleens, Tour, Tastings and Transfers

Sirromet Winery All inclusive Lunch @ Lurleens, Tour, Tastings and Transfers

The hilltop winery located at Mount Cotton, Queensland is home to more than just premium wine. Sirromet, a family owned and run winery, just a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast incorporates state of the art facilities, exquisite dining, wine tours, tastings and a year-round calendar of entertainment. The Sirromet story began when owner Terry Morris was in Victoria attending a dinner party with friends. Terry mentioned that he had tried a great wine from Queensland’s Granite Belt to which his Victorian friends laughed and said “There’s no such thing as a great wine from Queensland.” This was the spark that Terry needed to create his vision for Sirromet, choosing land in the Granite Belt Region, providing the perfect location for growing grapes and in 2000, the cellar doors swung open to the public. Now recognised on the World stage, the award-winning winery boasts over 880 awards for their exquisite wine collection.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.18
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$150.18
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