A trip to the Gold Coast doesn’t have to just mean glistening beaches, warm weather and a bustling coastline of trendy cafes and bars (which really doesn’t sound half bad), but it’s definitely worth setting your sites on some of the great day trips you can take that aren’t far from the Gold Coast.
1. Byron Bay
A 1 hour drive from the Gold Coast, Byron Bay is a small community known for its relaxed/hippy culture and beautiful scenery. There are no shortage of white sandy beaches here and coastal walking trails as well as unique range of clothing boutiques and of plenty local cafes and eateries. Fun Fact: Byron Bay’s lighthouse is the most eastern point of Australia! Be sure to check it out, but to avoid paying for parking at the top, park at the bottom and walk up instead..the views will be worth it.
2. Mount Tamborine
Although technically still in the Gold Coast but located in the Hinterland and away from the white sand and blue beaches of the Gold Coast lays Mt Tamborine; a lush tropical escape. Here you can sit back and take a picnic, book a wine tour or simply just enjoy the views and peaceful serenity Mt Tamborine is so perfect for. Get here at dusk and you can watch the sun sink behind the horizon, it’s stunning!
3. Springbrook and Natural Bridge
Only a short drive inland from the Gold Coast, Springbrook and Natural Bridge offer a number of walking trails through beautiful lush rainforest and waterfall views. Get in touch with nature and be sure to bring a camera here, you will get some amazing shots!
Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland is a stunning modern metropolis offering plenty of sights, food, fashion and history for anyone of all ages to enjoy. This photo is at Kangaroo Point, a great viewing spot overlooking the city.
5. Stradbroke Island
A short boat ride away sits Stradbroke island (or ‘Straddie’ as it’s refereed to by locals), and is an island paradise separating the northern end of the Gold Coast from the Pacific Ocean. Bring your swimmers as the beautiful endless stretch of white sandy beaches will be hard to resist and if you’re lucky you may just spot some whales offshore (depending on the seasons). Camping on Stradbroke is also very popular so it’s definitely worth considering staying put here for a short getaway if a day trip isn’t enough!
Murwillumbah is only a small township located in the middle of the Tweed Valley, about 13 kms from the Queensland border and welcomes sweeping hillsides and lush bush with Mt Warning standing tall in the backdrop. The town sits directly in the centre of the extinct volcanic caldera (of Mt Warning), hence the dense vegetation and greenness throughout the region. The Condong Sugar Mill is nearby where you can watch how sugar cane is produced and also the Madura Tea Estates, where visitors are able to view the tea making process from plant-to-pack production. Alternatively if you’re up for the challenge, hiking Mt Warning is a must do activity!
Only about a 40 mixture drive south of the Gold Coast, you can enjoy plenty of sun, sand and beach, only it will be a whole lot more quiet than the beaches on the Gold Coast and even Byron Bay. Pottsville is only a small town beside Hastings Point but with friendly locals and a handful of cafes and bakeries in town, make sure you grab some lunch or a coffee before heading back home.