Ahh, the Gold Coast, yes! If you’re looking for the ultimate Australian destination, look no further. The bright buzzing city lights just south of Brisbane has it all…

Gorgeous, long-stretching beaches? Check.

Great surf? Check.

A booming culinary scene? Check. Check. Check. 


Locals and tourists flock to the Gold Coast year-round for a chance to experience a slice of paradise. But knowing where to go, what to do, and what to eat can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

We are going to look at everything you need to know about the Gold Coast to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime. So put on some sunscreen because we’re heading for the beach!

What to Do

There are enough activities on the Gold Coast to keep you busy for days on end. No matter who you’re traveling with, you’ll have no issue planning an itinerary to make the whole gang happy. Let’s check out some of the activities.

Spend the Day at The Beach

Hmm, what should you do on the Gold Coast? Head to the beach–duh! Some of our favourite beaches in the area are Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, and Burleigh Heads. The beauty of any of these spots will take your breath away. Spend the day relaxing under the sun or sign up for ultra-fun surf lessons. If you need pack those surf boards, hiring a van is a great way to travel and surf up and down the Gold Coast surf coast line.

Visit Theme Parks

You might be surprised to know the Gold Coast is home to five epic theme parks. You can pick between visiting Dreamworld, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, WhiteWater World, and Movie World. Whichever theme park you choose, you are  guaranteed a day of excitement that the whole family will enjoy! Get a great discount with Park Passes and getting to and from theme parks with family car rentals can be affordable with an 8 seater people mover for a family or a small group.

Climb SkyPoint

Ready for an adrenaline rush? On top of the Q1 skyscraper (Australia’s tallest building) is an overlook with a spectacular view of the Gold Coast. Brave souls can strap into a harness and walk to the tippy top of the building, where you’ll be 270 meters off the ground. Your heart might be racing, but the fear is worth the reward!

Go on a Beautiful Hike

The Gold Coast has no shortage of drop-dead gorgeous hikes. One of the most popular trekking areas is Springbrook National Park. You’ll have the chance to see the Gondwana Rainforest (a World Heritage Area). If you weren’t already in love with the Gold Coast, this national park would make you fall head over heels for the region.

Where to Eat

Social Eating House & Bar

Social Eating House & Bar is a culinary gem. The restaurant serves up unforgettable dishes in the form of multiple small plates. It’s an excellent place to sit down with the whole group and have a few drinks along with the meal.

Rick Shores

At Rick Shores, you’ll have a picture-perfect beachfront view. Not to mention the food is to die for. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself coming back a second time.


Kiyomi is arguably one of the best Japanese restaurants on the Gold Coast. So, if you’re a sushi lover, you can’t miss out on this incredible restaurant.

How to Get Around?

The Gold Coast covers a lot of ground, so you’ll need to figure out transportation to ensure you don’t miss out on anything, especially if you’re bringing your family along. The easiest and most efficient way to get around the area is to rent a car. With your own set of wheels, you won’t have to wait on taxis or rely on public transportation timetables to get you from point A to point B. At Jetsettter Car Rentals we have all kinds of cars to rent, from small cars and Accents to spacious people movers. If you need a Gold Coast family car rental, or just a get-about, we have you covered.  Make a booking enquiries and we’ll help set you up with the perfect vehicle, your keys to an unforgettable Gold Coast holiday!