Gold Coast car hire

Hit the road and explore the Gold Coast for less than $25 a day.

If you've combed the beaches and partied at the bars you might be wondering what else the Gold Coast has to offer.

More than half of the Gold Coast is covered in rainforest and national park, which are criss-crossed with walking trails. Hiring a car allows you get to these scenic drives and wide-open green spaces, but there are a few things you need to know before getting behind the wheel.

Book and compare prices for car hire in Gold Coast:

Compare hire cars and prices in the Gold Coast

We've taken the guesswork out of it and worked out approximately what it'll cost to hire a car in the Gold Coast.

To do this, we searched our comparison tool and churned out a quote for a rental car from Gold Coast Airport for five days, booked a month in advance for a driver aged 30+. Then, we picked out the cheapest rides based on car size. These prices were checked on 8 October 2018. Here's what we found:

Small economy car

  • Car: Toyota Corolla Hatch
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Ace Rental Cars
  • Cost: $125.02 for 5 days or $25 per day

Medium car

  • Car: Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Ace Rental Cars
  • Cost: $137.50 for 5 days or $27.50 per day

Large car

  • Car: Toyota Camry
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags, 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Ace Rental Cars
  • Cost: $170.01 for 5 days or $34 per day

Estate car

  • Car: Mitsubishi ASX
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 3 large bags
  • Rental company: Alamo
  • Cost: $195.82 for 5 days or $39.16 per day

Prices mentioned above were retrieved on 8 October 2018 and change constantly. Get the latest prices for your car hire today.

Car hire locations in Gold Coast

Car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty can all be found around the Gold Coast. These rental companies and others are available at the Gold Coast's Coolangatta airport and cities. This includes:

  • Coolangatta Airport
  • Tweed Heads
  • Nerang
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Southport

4 popular driving routes in Gold Coast

Gold Coast to Lamington National Park

  • How long is the drive? 150km
  • How long do I need? One day
  • Must-sees along the way: Kamarun Lookout, Tree Top Walk, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Morans Falls track

Head east out of the Gold Coast on State Route 20 and then State Route 90 and you'll reach Lamington National Park in just over an hour. There are a few hairpin roads on the edge of the park, but once you're there you'll be rewarded with ancient rainforests and rare bird calls occasionally breaking the peaceful silence.

Gold Coast to Mount Tamborine

  • How long is the drive? 100km
  • How long do I need? One day
  • Must-sees along the way: Curtis Falls, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Glow Worm Caves, Botanic Gardens

Drive an hour east of the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise and you'll arrive at Mount Tamborine national park. There are some higgledy-piggledy mountain roads on the approach to the park, and inside its boundaries there are waterfalls, suspended walkways and glowworm caves to explore.

Gold Coast to Murwillumbah

  • How long is the drive? 165km
  • How long do I need? One to two days
  • Must-sees along the way: Snapper Rocks, historic Tumblegum, Mt Warning, Natural Bridge, Hinze Dam

The landscape in this part of Australia is all buxom hills and rivers. The town itself is a cluster of cafés, art deco-fronted stores and galleries. Turn it into a full weekend with a hike up Mt Warning and loop around through Springbrook National Park for a change of scenery.

Gold Coast to Scenic Rim

  • How long is the drive? 258km
  • How long do I need? One to two days
  • Must-sees along the way: Aratula, Lake Moogerah, Mt Edwards track, Dam Wall walk, Scenic Rim Brewery, Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm.

If you're up for a scenic drive through the countryside, the Scenic Rim has plenty to offer. Think bushwalking, gorgeous views, barbeques and lots of quirky country pit stops to keep you entertained.

I'm ready to book my car hire!

Tips for driving

Tips for driving

  • Watch out for trams. A light rail system called G:link operates across the Gold Coast. There are 13 kilometres of track and 19 stations, located in places like Southport, Surfers Paradise and Florida Gardens. It's an offence to stop on or drive over a tramway except at designated intersections. The tram lines are clearly marked with "Tram Lane" and "Tram Only" signs.
  • Peel your eyes for wildlife. It's quite common to come across wild animals on the roads of the Gold Coast, and not just in areas of wilderness like the Hinterland. More and more koalas are being run over on suburban roads, too. Look out for roads signs that show koala and kangaroo emblems and slow down when driving through these areas.
  • Keep left. On single-lane roads, you should keep as far to the left as is practical. On multi-lane roads, you should keep in the left-hand lane unless you are overtaking, turning right or avoiding an obstruction.

Rental FAQs

  • Younger drivers. Most car hire companies will rent a car to a driver with a provisional licence, just keep an eye out for an under 25 surcharge.
  • Excess reduction. While basic insurance is standard with hire cars the excess on these policies are typically higher than purchasing it elsewhere. Before you leave, compare your car hire excess insurance online here to ensure you keep costs down and get the right policy for your needs.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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