Sydney to Gold Coast Drive
DAY 15: Gold Coast
Queensland’s iconic seaside city stretches from Coolangatta in the south to Beenleigh in the north. It is 52 km of white sand beaches, theme parks, bars, restaurants, markets, art galleries, day spas, wildlife encounters and rainforest walks. It’s a place for singles, families and lots of fun.
Experience a 7D cinema, visit Dracula’s haunted house, get a birds eye view from Skypoint observation deck, fly over the region in a hot air balloon, or try your skills on a flight simulator. Seriously, if you can imagine it, you can probably do it at the Gold Coast.
Title photo: Gold Coast viewed from Coolangatta. Michael Dawes
Gold Coast Public Transport
For exploring the Gold Coast, we suggest leaving your campervan in the caravan park so you don’t have to worry about parking. The best way to get around is to buy a Go Explore card for $10 (adult) or $5 (kids). This gives you unlimited access to buses and trams for 24 hours and will get you to all the best beaches, theme parks, attractions, shops, restaurants and even the airport.
You can buy Go Explore cards at 7 Eleven stores, the Gold Coast airport, some hotel booking desks, or online if you have an address for it to be sent. Pick up a Gold Coast Network map at the same time.
Caravan Parks Gold Coast
There are dozens of caravan parks in the Gold Coast but they range in quality, cleanliness and service. We've done the research so you don't have to. Here's our shortlist of the seven best Gold Coast caravan parks. They are mapped below.
Things to do in Gold Coast
- 11 things to do in Coolangatta and Tweed Heads
- 5 Gold Coast national parks
- 17 Gold Coast theme parks & adventures
- 8 Gold Coast art galleries and cultural centres
- 7 Gold Coast markets
- 8 water activities
- 7 live music venues
- 4 wildlife encounters
Map: Gold Coast attractions and caravan parks.