The Gold Coast is the kind of destination you can return to time and time again and still find new and incredible things to see and do with every visit. 

A Gold Coast car hire is an absolute must for these kinds of trips – it gives you the freedom to explore where you like, when you like, and lets you linger in places you love and leave the places that don’t live up to expectations. 

It’s no wonder that the Gold Coast is one of the best road trip destinations in Australia, but if you need a few more reasons to go, here are five of its hidden gems to lure you for a trip. 

1. Echo Beach

There are 57 kilometres of pristine golden coastline to explore, and Echo Beach is amongst the best. 

Located in the Burleigh Heads National Park, this serene little bay promises clear waters that are ideal for swimming and still enough for stand-up paddleboarding. The area does fill up quickly on weekends, so aim to arrive early for a good spot. 

2. Currumbin Rock Pools

Take a drive through the picturesque Currumbin Valley to reach these rock pools just 15 minutes from Currumbin Beach. 

Here you can bomb off rock ledges into the pools, jump in from rope swings, or simply swim and enjoy the refreshing scenery and forest surroundings. There are also soft grassy areas nearby that are perfect for picnics, so be sure to bring some snacks. 

3. The Village Markets

Nothing screams holiday vibes quite like cruising around a market picking up snacks, trinkets, and ingredients for fresh home-cooked meals. 

The Village Markets are home to countless clothing stalls, and is the perfect place to pick up a unique piece that you won’t see anywhere else. 

These markets are held just once per month on the third Sunday at the Burleigh Heads State School. 

4. Tugun Lookout

Tugun Lookout is one of the lesser known spots in the Burleigh Heads National Park, and rain or shine, this viewpoint offers some of the most spectacular views on the Gold Coast. 

The hike will take you through the rainforest and doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. It’s the perfect photo stop opportunity, and be sure to bring your binoculars if you arrive in winter, as this is the prime time and location to spot passing Humpback Whales. 

5. Purling Brook Falls

The Purling Brook Falls are about an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast, so you’ll definitely need a car hire in Queensland to make the trip. 

The walk to these falls will take you through the lush Gondwana Rainforest in the Springbrook National Park, where the hike will take roughly 90 minutes to complete the full loop on a sometimes-steep but relatively easy walking track. 

The falls drop roughly 100 metres down sheer rock face into a cool pool at the bottom, where you can take a dip to cool off or simply enjoy the refreshing spray. 

There’s so much to see and do in the area, so make sure to book your car hire at the Gold Coast Airport so you can pick up your wheels and start exploring as soon as you land!