The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region, 1 hours drive south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. The Gold Coast is home to the famous seaside resort Surfers Paradise. Known for its many theme parks, long sandy coastline and stunning national parks, The Gold Coast has something for both families and backpackers alike so it’s worth stopping over on your campervan road trip.
There are many stunning national parks in the Gold Coast, all within an hours drive from the city centre. Because even travellers sometimes have a schedule to keep to, we know you probably can’t visit every national park so we suggest checking out Springbrook national park if you are short on time. Entry is free, access is currently via Pine Creek Road only. There’s a lot to see once you’re in the park and with the park being part of the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, it’s a pretty stunning place to spend some time. The most popular walk is the The Twin Falls Circuit (4km, allow two hours) or you can take a walk after dark along the Natural Bridge Circuit (1km, one hour) where you can see at glowworms in a cave behind a stunning waterfall.
If you want to learn about the history and native culture of the Gold Coast then taking a visit to the Jellurgal Cultural Centre in Burleigh Heads should be on the top of your to do list. Drive just 25 min south of the city centre in your campervan to experience an amazing and accurate insight to the lives of the Yugambeh Aboriginal people, one of the oldest living cultures in the world. You can take guided tour of Jellurgal and visit culturally significant sites which play an important role in the lives of Aboriginal people, both socially and environmentally.
Just a 15 min drive south in your campervan will bring you to Burleigh Heads. Burleigh Heads, with it’s village like atmosphere and stunning surf beach, is popular all ages, not just surfers! Once you’re in Burleigh Heads there’s lots of other things to keep you occupied like the Burleigh Head National Park (Goodwin Terrace), The David Fleay Wildlife Park (Loman Lane) and the village markets (1750 Gold Coast Highway). It’s worth allowing yourself some time here in your road trip itinerary to explore if you can.
If you are travelling North up the coast and fancy taking a short trip inland to see some incredible sights, then we suggest making a trip in your campervan to the Tamborine National Park where you will find the Curtis Falls track. Here you can take an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath the towering trees and into cool and lush rainforest and take a look at the breaktaking waterfalls falls. The walk will only take you about 30 mins (1.1km) and is family friendly.
Take a 20km drive south of the city centre along the coast in your camper and you will find yourself in Currumbin. Since 1947, Currumbin has been the home of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which is incredibly popular with tourists and locals alike. The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does fantastic work on the conservation of wildlife and is currently working on 16 conservation projects to help save some amazing species from extinction.
The Gold Coast has got plenty to offer for the adrenaline junkies out there. With theme parks aplenty (Dreamworld, Paradise Country, Seaworld, Warner Brothers Movie World, Wet n Wild Water World and WhiteWater World) and the Canyon Flyer Zipline Tour (one of Australia’s largest tree top guided tours), you will be sure to get your heart racing during your campervan road trip stopover in The Gold Coast.
Daily summer (December to February) temperatures see an average of a pleasant 21 – 28°C. In Autumn (March to May), the days are sunny but the nights are cooler with average temperatures between 18 – 25°C. Water temperatures are still high enough to swim and it is generally less rainy than the summer months. Winter (June to August) on the Gold Coast is generally sunny with The Hinterland being slightly cooler with maximum temperatures of around 16°C. Spring (September to November) means sunny days are followed by mild tropical evenings and average temperatures range from 16 – 25°C.
If you want to know more about campervan rental in the Gold Coast, get in contact with one of our friendly team members today.
- NRMA Park and Resort – centrally located between all major theme parks https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/treasure-island/
- BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park – pooch and familgey friendly
- Burleigh Head Tourist Park – located opposite the surf beach, this is a great place to stay if you’re hoping to catch a wave
- The Paddock Bakery, Miami – this bakery-cafe in a beautifully restored house is a local favourite
- Nero Dining, Sunshine Boulevard – a great choice is you’re looking for some fine dining in a great location
- Aqua Front, Labrador – excellent local cuisine and great for families
- Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre – the perfect place if you’re on a budget and want to be close to the beach
- The Lamb Shop, Broadbeach – delectable Greek cuisine with gluten free options
- Absolute Thai Homemade, Southport – tasty, well priced Thai food