Car hire Gold Coast and Coolangatta

Hit the road and explore the Gold Coast for less than $26 a day.

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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.

Compare hire cars and prices in the Gold Coast and Coolangatta

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 11 February 2020. Here's what we found:

Fiat Punto

Small economy car

  • Car: Fiat Punto
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bag and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Jucy
  • Cost: $125.33 for 5 days or $25.07 per day

Toyota Corolla.

Medium car

  • Car: Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 1 large bags and 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Ace Rental Cars
  • Cost: $139.26 for 5 days or $27.85 per day

Large car

  • Car: Toyota Camry
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 2 large bags, 1 small bag
  • Rental company: Alpha
  • Cost: $161.82 for 5 days or $33.36 per day

Estate car

  • Car: Mitsubishi ASX
  • Seats: 5
  • Luggage: 3 large bags
  • Rental company: Avis
  • Cost: $255.53 for 5 days or $51.10 per day

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Car hire locations in Gold Coast

Car rental companies such as East Coast Car Rentals, 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.

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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.
  • The default speed limit in urban areas is 50km/h. In rural areas it is 100km/h unless otherwise indicated and on motorways it is 110km/h.
  • School zone speed limits apply at certain times on school days. Signs state the hours during which you must obey the lower speed limit. This is typically 10 to 20km below the default speed limit.
  • Do not turn left at a red light. This is the law except when road signs at an intersection specifically indicate that turning left on a red light is allowed.
  • Maintain a 1m gap when passing cyclists at speeds up to 60km/h. Above 60km, you must maintain a 1.5m gap between your vehicle and the cyclist.
  • 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. However, regardless of the state in which your licence was issued, you will be subject to Queensland's rules and restrictions for provisional drivers. If you drive into New South Wales, you will be subject to another set of restrictions, so be sure to do your research and plan accordingly if travelling interstate.
  • 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.

Car hire deals


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Expires 14 Feb 2022
Available on select rental dates until 14 April 2022. Destinations include Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. T&Cs apply.

Gold Coast car hires from $35

Available on select rental dates in 2022 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations include Brisbane, Toowoomba, Lamington National Park and more.

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Available on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday pick up dates until 31 March 2022. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

Gold Coast car hire from $38/day

Available on select rental dates until 2022. T&Cs apply.

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Gold Coast car hires from $18.17/day

Available on select rental dates in 2020. Car types include standard, economy, compact and more. T&Cs apply.

Australia car hires from $14.99/day

Available on select dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.

Gold Coast campervan hires from $65 per night

Available on select travel dates. Sample rate is for a rental in Karana Downs. T&Cs apply.

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