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Gold Coast car hire deals

Hit the road on the Gold Coast with these great car rental deals.

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.

Top Gold Coast car hire deals

Europcar Europcar

Up to 20% off base rate

Valid for rentals until 16 December 2018 at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. Must book 21 days in advanced and a minimum of 2-days rental to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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Europcar Europcar

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Avis Avis

Earn double Qantas points on 4+ days car hire

Valid on until 16 December 2018 across Australia. Minimum rental of 4 days to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Fifth day free SUV car hire

Valid until 16 December 2018 across Australia. Must hire 5 consecutive days. T&Cs apply.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

Free upgrade car hire

Valid from 1 October - 16 December 2018 across Australia. Minimum rental of three days. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

7-day Australia car hire for the price of 5 days

Valid from 1 October - 16 December 2018. Minimum rental of seven days. T&Cs apply.

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Avis Avis

Double upgrade car hire

Valid for rentals from 28 January - 30 April 2019 across Australia. Minimum of three days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

15% off the 5+ day hires

Valid on select dates until 16 December 2018 in Australia or New Zealand. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire

Valid until 15 December 2018. Minimum of 7 days rental in Australia.

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Enterprise Rent a Car Enterprise Rent a Car

Up to 10% off Australia car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire on prestige cars

Valid until 29 October 2018 at participating locations in Australia. T&Cs apply.

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DriveMyCar DriveMyCar

Car hire from $23 per day

Hire cars across Australia from as little as $32 per day.

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Europcar Europcar

25% off premium hire insurance

Get up to 25% off on your car rental when you purchase GoZen Cover. Valid at participating locations across Australia and New Zealand. T&C's apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Hire a car and get your fourth day free

Hire a car with Budget Car Hire through DriveNow for a minimum of four consecutive days and get your fourth day free of base rate charges. Available for pick ups at the airport in Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne (Tullamarine). Valid on select vehicles including family, full-size and SUVs.

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Compare over 800 car hire companies worldwide

Rentalcars.com can help you compare major car hire company rates for the best price. Companies it compares include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrifty, Alamo and Budget.

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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

Who offers cheap car hire from Gold Coast airport? Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Europcar and Redspot all offer car hire from Gold Coast airport.

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.



Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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