When returning your rental vehicle to one of our locations please ensure to re-fuel your hire car to the agreed level.
Where is the branch located?
Office is located at 84-89 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Welcome to sunny Surfers Paradise, a shimmering skyline of skyscrapers where Aussies flock to bask in that famous Queensland sun. If you’re chasing a quintessential coastal getaway filled with endless excitement and adventures, the buzzing Gold Coast will be sure to tick all your boxes and more.
Whether you’re here to hit the beach, soak up the glitz and glamour of the town or experience theme park thrills, this golden city has something to offer everyone, so continue reading as we discover everything that this holiday hotspot has to offer.
After securing your rental car from Thrifty Surfers Paradise, it’s time to head downtown to put yourself at the centre of the action.‘Surfers’, as the locals like to call it, is the bustling hub of the region, where you’ll find everything from beachside boutiques to upscale retail, lively cafes, funky bars and entertainment. Don’t miss the iconic Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets that line the esplanade - you’ll find a wide array of handmade crafts, wares, boutique fashion items and delicious local treats. Another must-see is the Gold Coast’s premier cultural centre, HOTA (Home Of The Arts), which is just a short stroll away.
At the top end of town, the Gold Coast’s world-class beaches await - if you’re based in Surfers Paradise, Main Beach will be your go-to. The famous Surfers Paradise sign at the top of Cavill Mall wonderfully frames the scene, and is the perfect spot to snap those Insta-worthy holiday photos. This Gold Coast staple is a favourite among visitors and locals alike for its warm sand and cool waters, all within earshot of the cafes and eateries of the esplanade..
With over 70 kilometres of sweeping sandy foreshores along the pristine Pacific coastline, your choices here are virtually endless, so it’s time to meander beyond Main Beach. If you’re looking to explore beyond Surfers Paradise, jump in your Thrifty rental car and head down the highway to find your own slice of paradise. Any local will tell you that the true gems of the coast are located further south. Broadbeach and Miami are brilliant options for the family, and are generally quieter compared to Main Beach. If you’ve got grommets in-tow, Burleigh Heads might be more your style with a bit more variety on offer. This beach is a top pick if you’re looking for surfing lessons, stand-up paddleboarding or snorkelling. Burleigh Hill is the perfect spot for a cold drink on a hot summer’s day, or maybe a fresh batch of fish and chips for lunch from the local fishmongers.
Back in Surfers Paradise, spend an afternoon cruising around town on the famous Aquaduck - a uniquely Gold Coast experience. This thrilling land and sea adventure combines an informative city tour of Surfers Paradise with a leisurely river cruise along the bends of the Nerang River. With live commentary on board and a comprehensive route that takes in all the landmarks of the coast, the Aquaduck tour is a must-do in Surfers Paradise.Our top pick would be the sunset tour for that extra special touch, returning back to Cavill Avenue at the perfect hour for a night out on the town. If you’re staying locally, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of al-fresco eateries, bars, breweries, and entertainment to choose from. As always, if you do decide to enjoy a drink or two, make sure you have a designated driver nominated.
Basing yourself in Surfers Paradise is the best way to make the most of any Gold Coast visit, as you’re just moments away from so many of the region’s best attractions and it’s all easily accessible in your Thirty rental car. Point your wheels north to discover why the Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia. Featuring five unique parks filled with exhilarating rides, movie superstars, wildlife encounters and exciting live shows - the hardest decision to make is which one you’ll conquer first! If you are short on time, Sea World is the closest to Surfers Paradise, just 10 minutes up the road at the Gold Coast Spit.
After soaking up the glitz and glamour of the coast, head for the hills for a relaxing change of pace. Mount Tamborine is only 30 minutes inland, and is a stellar sample of the Gold Coast’s subtropical hinterland, complete with a charming village centre and a lively street full of local eateries. Take your journey to new heights with a visit to Mount Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, where you’ll be able to ascend above the treetops for breathtaking views over the rainforest. Now that you’ve got a taste for the mountains, a drive out to Lamington National Park will reward you with breathtaking vistas, thundering waterfalls and ancient World Heritage listed rainforests.
Whether you’re here for a quick escape or staying that little bit longer, there is absolutely no shortage of things to do and places to see on the beautiful Gold Coast. Unwind with its easy-going pace and pristine turquoise waters; soak up some of that famous Queensland sun, or head into the hinterland to fill your days with adventures in nature. Your Thrifty rental car will ensure your trip to Surfers Paradise and beyond is filled with exceptional eats, breathtaking views, thrilling adventures and plenty of golden sunny days!