The fabulous Gold Coast has always been a favourite winter holiday destination for people from the chilly southern states. With night time temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C and sun-filled days in the low to mid 20s, tourists can enjoy everything the Gold Coast has to offer in a comfortable climate. There are thousands of accommodation choices from family caravan parks to the Palazzo Versace where many a startled tourist has been in a close encounter with someone famous.
Sprawling Gold Coast Best Navigated by Car
Many interstate visitors fly direct to the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta, which is on the southern end of the Gold Coast. Those who have been regular visitors are the first to head to the Gold Coast car hire depot, as they know from past experience that the best way to enjoy their holiday is to have their own transport. For the uninitiated, the City of Gold Coast stretches along 57 km of coastline, and rapid development over the past twenty years has seen it spread inland to the hinterland.
The sheer size and spread of the area makes travelling anywhere quickly by public transport very difficult and time consuming. The last thing tourists want to do whilst on holiday is to waste hours in travelling time when they could be relaxing at the beach, swimming and surfing, shopping or visiting the many attractions for which the Gold Coast is famous. A hire car also gives quick access to Movie World, Dreamworld and Sea World, the three world-class theme parks.
Winter Season Offers Less Crowds and More Comfort
It is not just the perfect weather that attracts people to the Gold Coast in winter. Traditionally, this is the ‘off season’ when visitor numbers are still high enough to create that exciting buzz, but not overcrowded to the point of being uncomfortable. There is room at the gambling tables at Jupiters Casino, tickets available for the entertainment venues and lots of free parking spaces for your hired car at Pacific Fair or Robina, two of the major shopping centres.
A hire car also gives a tourist the freedom to venture west into the hinterland and the jaw-dropping scenery of Mount Tamborine and the Lamington National Park. Rising to approximately 1,000 metres above sea level, the entire Gold Coast can be seen at certain vantage points. Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, this is one of the truly spectacular vistas that is available just a short 30 minute drive from the coast.
Fun, freedom and new adventures are all within reach for the tourist who takes advantage of the convenience of a hire car for the duration of the holiday. It is just so much easier than catching public transport.