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Top Day Trips from the Gold Coast

By Viator, January 2018

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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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Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 102 Reviews

Discover the beaches and wildlife of Queensland on a guided day trip to North Stradbroke Island, just a short hop from Brisbane. Famous for its natural ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.98
Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour, Gold Coast, Day Trips
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Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Get off the beaten track and discover the rainforests of the Gold Coast Hinterland by 4WD. This full-day tour takes you to the volcanic plateau of Tamborine ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.81
Gold Coast Mountains Tour Including Springbrook National Park and Mt Tamborine, Gold Coast, 4WD, ... 
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Gold Coast Mountains Tour Including Springbrook National Park and Mt Tamborine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Now is the time for an unforgettable experience at Queensland’s Gold Coast. This personally guided tour will take you to some of the most amazing natural ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $89.04
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Tropical Fruit World Day Trip from Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Day ... 
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Tropical Fruit World Day Trip from Gold Coast

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With hotel pickup and drop-off included you'll depart from the Gold Coast on a day trip visiting Tropical Fruit World and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Your ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.96
Byron Bay Day Trip from Gold Coast Including Cape Byron Lighthouse, Gold Coast, Day Trips
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Byron Bay Day Trip from Gold Coast Including Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Cross the boarder into NSW and visit stunning Byron Bay on this day trip from the Gold Coast. Travel by coach with on-board commentary as you visit The Farm. ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.12
Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Day Trips
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Brisbane City Sights and South Bank Day Trip from Gold Coast

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Lose yourself without getting lost in the incredible city of Brisbane. Jump on board a coach and enjoy full commentary on this tour including Kangaroo Point, ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.12
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $89.04
Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Burleigh Heads National Park Day Trip, Brisbane, Day Trips
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Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Burleigh Heads National Park Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Explore the diversity of the Gold Coast on a day trip that includes the city sights, visiting Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Burleigh Heads, discover the ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.14
Glow Worm Cave and Natural Bridge Tour from Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Day Trips
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Glow Worm Cave and Natural Bridge Tour from Gold Coast

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Travel into the Gold Coast hinterland to view the spectacular sight of one of Australia's largest glow worm colonies, located within Natural Bridge Cave. On ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.46
Mt Tamborine National Park 4WD Nocturnal Rainforest and Glow Worm Tour, Gold Coast, Nature & ... 
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Mt Tamborine National Park 4WD Nocturnal Rainforest and Glow Worm Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Leave the crowds behind and go stargazing and wildlife watching in Mt Tamborine National Park’s eucalypt rainforest. Australia's only night-time rainforest and ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.72

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