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Top Gold Coast Day Trips & Excursions

With the Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to the north, the border of New South Wales to the south, and the lush peaks of the hinterlands stretching inland, the Gold Coast is a prime location from which to explore Australia’s east coast. Here are some of the best day trips from the Gold Coast.  

Stradbroke Island — 22 miles (35 km) north
Stradbroke Island, or Straddie as the locals call it, is a slice of paradise ranking as the second largest sand island in the world. It’s just over a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast, making it a convenient choice for water sports, wildlife-watching cruises, and sea kayaking excursions.

Lamington National Park — 29 miles (46 km) southwest
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park stretches over 49,915 acres (20,200 hectares) of protected forest ranging from subtropical rain forest to drier eucalyptus forest. On a day trip from Gold Coast, it’s possible to enjoy a canopy walk, go bird watching, or take a bushwalk from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Mt. Tamborine National Park — 29 miles (47 km) northwest
Visit Mt. Tamborine National Park during the day and marvel at the views from the Rainforest Skywalk, or brave a nighttime rainforest tour and spot wildlife by flashlight as you hike to a waterfall and stand beneath a canopy of twinkling glow worms.

Brisbane — 49 miles (79 km) north
The Queensland capital is just a short hop from the beach, making it an obvious choice for a day tour. Take in the views from Kangaroo Point and Story Bridge; browse the stalls at the Brisbane City Markets; stroll around the lively Southbank and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens; or enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Brisbane River.

Byron Bay — 58 miles (94 km) south
Cross the border into New South Wales and visit laid-back Byron Bay, renowned as one of the east coast’s coolest beach resorts. Here, you can visit Australia’s most easterly point, do some shopping, grab lunch at a beachside café, or spend the day surfing and sunning on some of Australia’s best beaches.

Moreton Island — 65 miles (105 km) north
Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world, is 90 percent covered by national park and is home to Mt. Tempest, the planet’s highest coastal sand hill. Snorkelers will find a variety of colorful life at the Tangalooma Wrecks off the western coast, while plentiful sand dunes make for excellent sand boarding.
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World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural BridgeDay Trips

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World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge

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Journey into the hinterlands on this 5-hour afternoon tour of the Springbrook National Park from the Gold Coast. Explore the UNESCO-listed Goondawanna rainforests by coach, stopping to walk through the jungle, peek into ancient caves and enjoy views of Mount Warning from the Best of All Lookout.  Visit natural wonders like Purling Brook Falls, Numinbah valley and Rainbow Falls, and soak up the scenery from the Canyon Lookout. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people for a personalised experience, and includes hotel pick-up and afternoon tea.
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Springbrook Full Day TourDay Trips

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Springbrook Full Day Tour

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See the towering waterfalls, ancient rain forest, and natural beauty of Springbrook National Park on a full-day tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Experience the forest up close on a moderate hike to Twin Falls Circuit, and soak in views of the Gold Coast Hinterland from lookouts along Springbrook Scenic Rim. Your tour includes morning tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold CoastDay Trips

Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast

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Exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland can be a challenge if you don’t have your own transport, but this full-day tour from the Gold Coast offers the perfect introduction. Discover the natural wonders of the Springbrook National Park, stopping to take in the views of Mt Warning and the Numinbah Valley, and admire landmarks including the Natural Arch, Rainbow Falls, and Goomalarah Falls.
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Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD EcotourDay Trips

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Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour

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Explore the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Gold Coast hinterland on this full-day tour to Lamington National Park. Rumble along remote tracks in a 4WD vehicle, soak up spectacular views from the summit of Tamborine Mountain and explore the subtropical rain forest on a guided nature walk. At O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, get a closer look at native plants, birds and even koalas on an elevated treetop walk. A traditional Aussie barbecue lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off from Gold Coast complete this fantastic eco-adventure.
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  • 9 hours
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Full Day Mount Tamborine Winery Tour from Gold CoastDay Trips

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Full Day Mount Tamborine Winery Tour from Gold Coast

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Explore the Mount Tamborine wine region on this all-day tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, board a private minibus on the Gold Coast. Travel through picturesque valleys with scenic mountain views while learning about the area’s wine-making history from an informative guide. Then, stop at four wineries and either a brewery or distillery, enjoying multiple tastings at each. A delicious two-course lunch, snacks and water are also included.
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Half Day Island Kayaking and Snorkeling TourDay Trips

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Half Day Island Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

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Start your day off right with a half-day kayak tour to South Stradbroke Island. Enjoy a great vantage point on the beaches and wildlife of the Gold Coast as you paddle at a leisurely pace, stopping to snorkel off Wavebreak Island, visit secluded beaches, and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the beach. Your expert guide shares informative commentary about the region's ecology and animals, and provides full instruction on kayaking and snorkeling — making this tour suitable for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.
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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise incl. Gold Coast TransfersDay Cruises

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No Extra Cost | Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise incl. Gold Coast Transfers

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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North Stradbroke Island 4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast-Brisbane PickupDay Trips

North Stradbroke Island 4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast-Brisbane Pickup

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Take in the highlights of North Stradbroke Island with ease on an all-inclusive full-day tour from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Cross Moreton Bay by car ferry, then visit top destinations including Brown Lake, Main Beach, and Flinders Beach. Have time to swim and snorkel, climb sand dunes, take nature walks, learn about Aboriginal traditions, and go off-roading on sandy tracks. You’ll also have a barbecue on the beach.
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4WD Beach Safari - Brisbane Pick UpDay Trips

4WD Beach Safari - Brisbane Pick Up

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0700-0730 Hotel pick ups 0730-0900 Travel to Cleveland, stopping for Kangaroo & Koala viewing. 0900-0940 Vehicular ferry across Moreton Bay. Morning tea & cakes. Marine life watching. 0940-1130 4WD on bush tracks stopping at lakes, lookouts & fauna. 1130-1200 Short walk to North Gorge. Observe dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays & Humpback whales in season. 1200-1430 BBQ lunch on the beach, Fishing, swimming, playing in the sand. Aboriginal artefact presentation, play didgeridoo, throw boomerang. 1430-1500 Beach driving. 1500-1545 Ferry back to Cleveland. Afternoon tea & biscuits. 1545-1715 Return journey to hotels.
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The Best of Tamborine Mountain from the Gold CoastDay Trips

The Best of Tamborine Mountain from the Gold Coast

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Exploring the Gold Coast hinterland can be tricky for those unfamiliar with the area. See places you'd never find on your own on this guided tour to Tamborine Mountain. Embark on a rainforest walk to Curtis Falls, travel through Eucalyptus Forest, and explore the Tamborine Mountain Forest Skywalk, a network of forest floor trails, steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy, and a 131-foot (40-meter) cantilevered bridge that soars 98 feet (30 meters) above the creek and rainforest below.
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Mt Tamborine Waterfalls, Glow-worms, Rainforest Full Day Personal TourDay Trips

Mt Tamborine Waterfalls, Glow-worms, Rainforest Full Day Personal Tour

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Explore the food, drink, and nature of Tamborine Mountain on this private excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, enjoy a rainforest walk to Curtis Waterfalls and witness the region’s surreal glow worms. Then, stroll down Gallery Walk for a view of the local art scene, and enjoy local wines, an Aussie Burger, and complimentary morning and afternoon tea.
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Tropical Fruit World with Wildlife Boat Cruise from Gold CoastDay Trips

Tropical Fruit World with Wildlife Boat Cruise from Gold Coast

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Visit Tropical Fruit World, where you can learn about tropical fruit around the world and taste the fruit grown on the farm. Cruise down the farm's waterway and feed the wild birds as they swim and swoop alongside the boat, then transfer to a miniature train for a ride through the eucalyptus trees.
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Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold CoastDay Trips

Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast

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Head into the Gold Coast hinterland for an evening of luminescent glow worms, a torch-lit rain forest walk, and stargazing in the clear night sky. Deep inside the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest, marvel at the natural phenomenon of thousands of tiny glow worms lighting up an ancient cave before trekking among the nocturnal creatures of Queensland on a guided night safari. Cap off the evening with stargazing at the Springbrook Research Observatory and a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
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4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast Pick UpDay Trips

4WD Beach Safari - Gold Coast Pick Up

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0700-0730 Hotel pick ups 0730-0900 Travel to Cleveland, stopping for Kangaroo & Koala viewing. 0900-0940 Vehicular ferry across Moreton Bay. Morning tea & cakes. Marine life watching. 0940-1130 4WD on bush tracks stopping at lakes, lookouts & fauna. 1130-1200 Short walk to North Gorge. Observe dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays & Humpback whales in season. 1200-1430 BBQ lunch on the beach, Fishing, swimming, playing in the sand. Aboriginal artefact presentation, play didgeridoo, throw boomerang. 1430-1500 Beach driving. 1500-1545 Ferry back to Cleveland. Afternoon tea & biscuits. 1545-1715 Return journey to hotels.
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Private Tangalooma Wrecks TourDay Trips

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Private Tangalooma Wrecks Tour

The most comprehensive boat cruise on the Gold Coast! This tour runs for up to 8 hours and showcases the world famous Tangalooma Wrecks of Moreton Island. We also Cruise past both North and South Stradbroke Island and Wave Break Island's with sightings of Dolphins, turtles, rays and fish commonly seen.You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a gentle walk on Moreton Island looking for native wildlife. We also offer a selection of Locally grown fruit to enjoy while on the cruise and make the experience even more enjoyable.
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Private Charter 4WD Safari - Gold Coast - Brisbane Pick UpDay Trips

Private Charter 4WD Safari - Gold Coast - Brisbane Pick Up

0700-0730 Hotel pick ups 0730-0900 Travel to Cleveland, stopping for Kangaroo & Koala viewing. 0900-0940 Vehicular ferry across Moreton Bay. Morning tea & cakes. Marine life watching. 0940-1130 4WD on bush tracks stopping at lakes, lookouts & fauna. 1130-1200 Short walk to North Gorge. Observe dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays & Humpback whales in season. 1200-1430 BBQ lunch on the beach, Fishing, swimming, playing in the sand. 1430-1500 Beach driving. 1500-1545 Ferry back to Cleveland. Afternoon tea & biscuits. 1545-1715 Return journey to hotels.
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Full Day - Private TourDay Trips

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Full Day - Private Tour

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Consult with your dedicated personal tour guide to develop a hiking itinerary best suited to your group. With two national parks to explore, we offer trails with distance and difficulty ranging from 1km strolls to 20+km epics. Want to focus on waterfalls, ancient Antarctic Beech forests or a spectacular sunrise? Book a Private Tour and create your own unforgettable rainforest experience!
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Gold Coast 4WD Eco Outback Tracks TourDay Trips

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Gold Coast 4WD Eco Outback Tracks Tour

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Explore the wild beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland on this half-day 4WD tour to Mt Tamborine. Encounter koalas, kangaroos and cascading mountain waterfalls on a guided bushwalk through the eucalypt rain forest of Mt Tamborine National Park. Indulge in some mountainside wine tasting, learn how to throw a boomerang and enjoy a morning or afternoon tea break with scones on this delightfully diverse tour.
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Luxury Cruise (special occasions) Day Trips

Luxury Cruise (special occasions)

Lets set the tone early. This tour is made for you to experience the lifestyle of a luxury motor yacht. I will meet you at the marina and welcome you aboard "platinum" to a welcome glass of top-shelf champagne and local fruits to nibble on. As we depart the marina we will have the Gold Coast Skyline in the foreground with the Gold Coast Harbour all around us. We then head towards the prominent Sundale bridge before. I will be directing your glance at all the local sights and points of interest before we turn around and head back out towards the Seaway. With the iconic Gold Coast skyline behind us we start to pass some small local islands before cruising along the banks of South Stradbroke island. The entire time on the water I'll be guiding your glance and helping you spot wild life in the area such as: turtles, dolphins, fish and the occasional dugong. All of this from the comfort of this amazing vessel while enjoying locally grown fruit or your choice of inclusions.
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Gold Coast Brewery Tour Including Balter, Burleigh and Black HopsDay Trips

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Gold Coast Brewery Tour Including Balter, Burleigh and Black Hops

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Visit three craft breweries on the Gold Coast during a half-day tour that includes lots of beer tastings and a delicious lunch. You'll sample the goods at Black Hops Brewing, Burleigh Brewing, and Balter Brewing, meet some of the brewers, and learn what goes on behind the scenes during the brewing process.
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Brisbane & Gold Coast Personal ToursDay Trips

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Brisbane & Gold Coast Personal Tours

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Private tours are available for groups from 2 – 13 guests. Ideal for those with limited time who can chose the day and times of their tour to suit your time in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. You may even find that this is a cheaper option than booking one of our scheduled tours. tours can be tailored to your own requirements. Would like to go to Byron Bay, Toowoomba/Darling Downs or Brisbane destinations? We can put a great tour together for you. Catering can be arranged to suit your needs or simply take our standard menus which are designed to suit most tastes. Set rates are available for both full-day and half-day tours depending upon the number in your group. We pick you up at your accommodation / hotel in Brisbane, Logan or Gold Coast. – you can choose the time! Guest will travel in an air-conditioned 13 seat mini-bus. Be assured we know what we are doing and will endeavour to make your trips one of the highlights of your visit to Queensland.
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