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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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$82.62
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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
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$122.51
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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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$69.01
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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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$82.62
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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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$89.24
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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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$74.36
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Limited group Gold Coast Lamington National Park Tour

Limited group Gold Coast Lamington National Park Tour

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This tour takes you to Lamington National Park World Heritage area, Green Mountains section. Lamington National Park is a World Heritage listed site of over 20 000ha featuring some of the world’s most exotic landscapes, flora and fauna. This area is recognised globally as one of the premiere locations for birds and bird watchers with thousands of people heading to the mountain each year in hope of catching a glimpse of the many rare species that can be found at the park. • Enjoy waterfalls, lush rainforest, flora and fauna • Morning Tea and Lunch FREE • Be Guided by a former Queensland Wildlife Ranger • Avoid the buses and the crowds • Hotel pick up and drop off
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.30
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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
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$140.60
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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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$1,550.71
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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
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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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$107.52
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Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

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Start your day off right with a half-day kayak tour to South Stradbroke Island. Enjoy a great vantage point on the beaches and wildlife of the Gold Coast as you paddle at a leisurely pace, stopping to snorkel off Wavebreak Island, visit secluded beaches, and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the beach. Your expert guide shares informative commentary about the region's ecology and animals, and provides full instruction on kayaking and snorkeling — making this tour suitable for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.91
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The Gold Experience:Private Day Tour In Lamington National Park or Mt Tambourine

The Gold Experience:Private Day Tour In Lamington National Park or Mt Tambourine

Explore the Gold Coast hinterland on this all-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, choose your journey and head to Lamington National Park or Springbrook Plateau and Mount Tamborine. Learn about the region from an informative local guide and check out sites like Morans Fall Lookout, the Tree Top Walk, and Purling Brook Falls. Admire amazing views, take incredible hikes, see exotic wildlife, and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$465.21
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Exclusive Private Tour - Design your own

Exclusive Private Tour - Design your own

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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
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$697.04
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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
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$503.98
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