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Car Hire from Gold Coast Airport

Car Hire at Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast – one of the most beautiful cities in Australia – is one of the best places to spend a summer. Going here is possible through its airport, which accommodates a number of international locations apart from its domestic flights. After getting down the plane, you can look for cars to rent and go on your way to start your vacation.

Compare Car Hire Prices at Gold Coast Airport

Car Class Compare Car Hire Prices from*
Economy $22.87/ day
Compact $26.64/ day
Intermediate $30.41/ day
Fullsize $42.68/ day
Premium $56.35/ day

*Disclaimer: The price shown above was found on 8 May 2018 for one day of car rental on 4 July 2018. Prices are subject to change and/or availability.

Where to Hire a Car at Gold Coast Airport

Several established car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, and Redspot operate rental desks conveniently located near the domestic arrivals exit, opposite the Gold Coast Tourism Information Counter. These car rental companies will ask for a driver's licence or an International Drivers' Permit, as well as other related documents. The representative/s may also ask for either cash or credit card, depending on their preferred modes of payment.

You can also consider booking through off-airport car hire operators, which are often cheaper and provide free shuttle to their offices. Several companies located not more than 10 minutes out from the airport include Alpha Car Hire, Apex Car Rentals, Cut Price Car Rentals, Bargain Car Rentals, and Sixt. On Skyscanner's Car Hire comparison tool, simply browse the filters on the left > pick-up > free shuttle bus.

Driving from Gold Coast Airport

Due to its location on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, it is natural to expect that Gold Coast Airport is situated between busy crossroads. Its location along the eastern coast of Australia has also made the surrounding area become criss-crossed with side streets. The major roads, however, are the M1/Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast Highway.

Upon leaving the airport, you can fill up with more gasoline through the following petrol stations: Brian's Auto Centre (Miami QLD, which lies past Palm Beach on the Gold Coast Highway), Freedom Fuels Varsity Lakes (Varsity Lakes QLD, left of Burleigh Waters), and Woolworths Petrol (Southport QLD, just across Minnie St., in front of Ferry Rd). Several BP stations can also be found in the area (Tugun QLD, Helensvale QLD, and Biggera Waters QLD), as well as a Caltex Station (Robina QLD).

Toll roads, on the other hand, are located in the greater Brisbane area, which is relatively a bit far from the airport. They can be found at Brisbane's northern suburbs, as well as in Bowen Hills, Kedron, and Toombul. Congestion charges are also not available in the city, allowing for ease of travel in the area. Cycling roads can also be found at the Gold Coast Highway cycle lanes.

Places to visit by car From Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Airport is a perfect base for a road trip in Australia's East Coast, with Brisbane to the north, Byron Bay to the south, and many National Parks to explore in the hinterland.

Brisbane
Enchanting for its arts, cafes, bars, and the sunny weather all year round, Brisbane makes a charming area to spend a holiday in. You will find here the Queensland Cultural Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, and the old building of the City Hall, among a few landmarks.

This city, lying about 83 kilometres can be reached by an hour's time of driving through M1 and the State Route 90 if conditions are good. You will find here a distinct style and topography, from the West End to the Kangaroo Point. This capital of Queensland is also great to check out and relatively manageable to navigate except the peak hours of the morning and late afternoon. Parking can be managed here, which one can access at different parts of the city. Some of these establishments are Myer Centr Parking, Secure Parking, and Parklands Cark Park, as well as Wickham Terrace Car Park, and Riverside Car Park. They are all near the Queensland Art Gallery and Museum.

Byron Bay
This small town in New South Wales makes a quieter alternative to the bright lights of Brisbane. The spectacular beaches along the coast, as well as the cultural vibe of the town, adds a relaxing vibe to the place. It might get crowded at times, but the ambling atmosphere makes it a great place for a tranquil stay. Within reach by an hour or so, about 92 kilometres away from the airport, is Byron Bay. The roads going here are the M1, from where Ewingsdale Rd will diverge from. Taking this road will take you to some small-town attractions and plenty of parking space, such as in the Tallow Beach Car Park, Lawson St. North Car Park, and Discovery Holiday Parks. From here, you can check out the town and the beaches, or venture to Arakwal National Park.

Lismore
Another country town, Lismore adds to the attraction of New South Wales with its nature spots and landmarks. You can check out here various cultural areas, as well as get close to nature at Koala Care Centre and Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve. Accessible within one hour and 35 minutes, this area can be reached via the M1 and the A1 to B62. Parking areas are minimal, but you can deposit your car at Lismore Palms Caravan Park, Heritage Park, and Spinks Park.

This information is correct as of June 2018

 

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