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Thanks to resorts like Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast has developed a reputation for being a beach-to-bar destination. If you study the guide book a bit more closely you’ll discover there’s more to this region than sun and sipping.
More than half of the Gold Coast is covered by rainforests and national parks, which are crisscrossed with walking trails.
Driving is the best way to get to these wide open green spaces, but there are a few things you need to know before getting behind the wheel.
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Road rules: What to know about driving in the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast follows the rest of Australia and drives on the left-hand side of the road. On the whole, it’s pretty uncomplicated to drive in this part of the country and the following tips should make driving here even easier.
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.
Watch out for trams. A light rail system called G:link operates across the Gold Coast. There’s 13 kilometres of track and 19 stations, located in places like Southport, Surfers Paradise and Florida Gardens. It’s an offense 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 with koala and kangaroo emblems on and slow down when driving through these areas.
Popular Gold Coast driving routes
Surfers Paradise to Lamington National Park. Head east out of Surfers Paradise 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 peaceful silence occasionally broken by rare bird calls.
Surfers Paradise to Mount Tamborine. Drive an hour east of 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.
Surfers Paradise to Murwillumbah. Journey south from Surfers Paradise and you’ll get to Murwillumbah in an hour and a half. The landscape in this part of Australia is all buxom hills and rivers. The town itself is a cluster of cafes, art deco-fronted stores and galleries.
Frequently asked questions about car hire
I'm on my provisional licence. Can I drive in Gold Coast? Yes, most car hire companies will rent a car to a driver with a provisional licence.
How does car insurance work? All hire cars come with insurance in Gold Coast. The excess on these policies can by eye-watering, though, so most rental companies will offer you the opportunity to reduce that excess by taking out excess cover.