The best day trips from the Gold Coast

Explore the hidden gems of the Gold Coast that are not be packed with tourists this holiday season.

Picnic Rock

This scenic spot can be found in the Green Mountains at Lamington National Park, a world heritage listed rainforest. It’s listing is a sure sign that you will encounter spectacular views. It is unlikely you will find swarms of tourists here as this spot requires a short 3.5-kilometre scenic walk.

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

The Lakelands Conservation Area protects approximately 1200 hectares of wetlands, Eucalypt forest, saltmarsh and mangrove swamp. This location is the perfect destination for short walks, bird watching, animal spotting and plant identification. You can access this park by either Shelter Road or Rain Tree Glen.

Tallebudgera Creek

This swimming spot is perfect for people and families of all ages. This hidden cove is located around the creek off the Burleigh headland and is a buzzing hub for locals. The water is often calm enough to lounge around on a pool floaty or a great place to test your talents at paddle boarding. For the more adventurous type, the surf is just a short walk away. For those who just love sitting back and relaxing, the cove provides some lazy spaces for sunbaking.

Currumbin Valley Rock Pools

The rock pools provide a different scenery from what one might expect of the Gold Coast hinterland. However, they make for the perfect fun-filled scenic day out for families or couples. The rock pools are just a short walk 50 metres upstream from Currumbin Valley’s main attraction.

One of the best features of the pools is that the slippery rocks and smooth crevasses provide a natural slide into the cool fresh water. There a plenty of picnic tables and toilets available.

Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Headland is home to secluded spots along the rocks which align the coast. During low tide, these areas become prime locations for sunbaking and picnics. Just south of the cove, Froggy’s Beach at Snapper Rocks is a great location to set up away from main tourist groups. This is the most easterly part of Queensland and the most southern tip of the coast before NSW.

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

These gardens are perfect for a family day out or picnic. This park spans across 31 hectares and is home to a sensory garden where visitors can smell and touch a variety of plants and flowers. Other activities include taking the mangroves to mountain stroll, exploring local flora, the home of the native Butterfly garden or indulging in the smells in the rose garden. There are also some great playgrounds for the kids, picnic areas and an off-leash dog area so your furry friend can join you too.

While you are planning a day out down the Gold Coast use our guide to driving through the hinterland to help you experience most of what this area has to offer.