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Discover the natural and cultural attractions of Australia’s Gold Coast on this packed full-day tour departing from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Ogle splendid waterfront hotels and mansions on a cruise down the Broadwater Canal, check out the action at Surfers Paradise and admire the coast’s famous sandy beaches from Coolangata. Head inland to explore the cool rainforests of Springbrook National Park on a guided nature walk, including a stop at the idyllic Natural Bridge Falls.


  • Gold Coast and hinterland day trip from Brisbane
  • One-hour cruise on the Broadwater Canal past luxurious waterfront homes
  • Guided rainforest walk at Springbrook National Park
  • Natural Bridge Falls
  • Entertaining and informative commentary

What You Can Expect

Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Springbrook National Park Day Trip

Springbrook National Park, Natural Bridge Waterfall

Best known for its expanses of spectacular golden beaches, the Gold Coast of Queensland is a remarkably diverse destination with something for everyone. Your full-day tour begins with pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach at your Gold Coast hotel in the late morning, or earlier morning pickup in Brisbane. Soak up passing sights as your driver-guide shares informative commentary, and stop for a refreshing morning tea break.

Climb aboard a riverboat for a 1-hour cruise along the Broadwater Canal that snakes through the Gold Coast wetlands. Glide past luxurious waterfront homes, 5-star hotels like the Palazzo Versace and the high-end retail complex of Marina Mirage. 

Back in the coach, admire the high-rise condos and wave breaks that frame Surfers Paradise, and drive down the coast to Coolangatta. Here, enjoy a fantastic perspective on miles of long sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Sample regional cuisine with lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).

In the afternoon, delve into the Gold Coast’s hinterland with a visit to Springbrook National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests. Explore the lush, subtropical interior with a guided walk to beautiful Natural Bridge Falls and Numinbah Valley. 

After soaking up the peaceful atmosphere of southern Queensland, relax on the drive north, where your tour concludes with drop-off back at your original departure point. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful tour.

Sally G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Super trip we got to see so much in the day and good value for money


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Really enjoyed the trip! Pick up at hotel convenient.

Aloke P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Everything was good including all the stops in Gold coast, canal cruise etc. Rain forest trip kind of rained out.It was a good day all the way around.

Suzanne Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour was very enjoyable . The people who run the canal cruise were very informative and it was a very pleasant cruise. The rain forest was very nice to see and our tour driver Dave was amazing . He came with us through the rainforest and explained everything to us . He is a keeper. Great day out

Pauline New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very informative bus driver on the tour well worth booking

Jillian M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

The tour guide Keith was outstanding. This tour had such a variety, something for everyone.

PAM S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

A well organised tour, comfortable bus, and, best of all, an excellent driver, who has a wealth of knowledge, imparted in a humorous and entertaining manner. Well Done!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

Best all-day tour of our vacation! Very worthwhile.

Lindsay N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

Amazing way to see the Gold Coast and enjoy so many different parts of it! Attentive staff and they are also very informed! Beautiful scenery. Perfect for those traveling without a rental car or who prefer to let someone else do the driving!

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