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Gold Coast motorhome rental - your ticket to fun in the sun

The Gold Coast beckons domestic and international travellers in need of a holiday. This gem of a city on the east coast of Australia is renowned for amazing weather, theme parks, beaches, nightlife… what’s not to like? Pick up a campervan rental here or in nearby Brisbane and set off to explore everything this sunny section of Australia has to offer.

Gold Coast motorhome rental made easy

Travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to hiring a campervan on the Gold Coast. As one of the top tourist destinations in the country, there are several rental brands on offer through Motorhome Republic. Filter based on group size, camper preference and even price - our system will narrow down the selection based on your unique needs and help you secure a great deal. Plus enjoy 24/7 customer service.

Whether you opt for a self-contained RV or a basic van, you have a fantastic trip ahead of you. Refer to our Australian itineraries to discover where to go and how to get there.

Attractions on the Gold Coast

The beaches on the Gold Coast are pristine and golden, with the coastline stretching for 57km. It’s one of the best places to learn to surf with clean breaks in Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Kirra. 

Surfers Paradise is a cocktail of money, clubs, glitz and tans. People flock here for the hype and end up exhausted! But it’s always worth a couple of hours to explore the beach and have a go at surfing. 

Broadbeach is a pristine beach only seven mins from Surfers. It has a European feel with some of the more expensive restaurants on the coast. Nobby’s Beach is another five minutes away and is far more relaxed - it’s a great place to base your motorhome holiday in the heart of the Gold Coast. Further south is Coolangatta, where the vibe is definitely laid-back. 

It’s one thing to enjoy the thrill of jetboating, and entirely another to do it in a location as spectacular as the Gold Coast with Paradise Jet Boating. Paradise Jet Boating offers all the white-knuckled excitement of 360-degree spins, as well as the postcard-perfect vista of the Gold Coast beachside skyline the background. There is more than one tour option available, so you’ll be able to choose the adventure that best suits your interests and budget. Try the Broadwater or Economy Experience and find out why this tour company has more than a thousand five-star ratings (and counting). As you use your Gold Coast campervan rental to see the sights from land, this experience will help you explore the area by sea.  Paradise Jet Boating are based from shop 7B, Mariners Cove Marina, 60 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Queensland, 4217 and open 9am - 4pm daily.

You can’t come to the Gold Coast and ignore the theme parks. Here’s a quick rundown: 

Sea World is a marine mammal park and oceanarium. Storm Coaster and Castaway Bay are the most popular rides, but the best thing about this place is getting up close to the dolphins, penguins and polar bears.  

Enjoy a day out at Wet'n'Wild Water World – the Gold Coast's biggest water park.  It’s a great place to take the family in summer and is a day out they’ll never forget.

Dreamworld is Australia's biggest theme park, with five roller-coasters, more than 20 rides and a dozen other attractions. Just north-west of Gold Coast in Coomera, Dreamworld is a 45-minute drive from the airport.

Movie World is just five minutes from Dreamworld. Here you can meet your favourite stars and super heroes and experience rides like Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster.

If you’re all beached out and tried every ride, do not fear – there is still more to do on the coast. Head up to Sky Point in Q1 for a relaxing view of the whole coast, or head to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or David Fealy Wildlife Park and meet some true locals. 


Between June and the end of October you can take a whale watching cruise to spot some of the 10,000 humpback whales heading between the Antarctic and warmer oceans.

Best in the world – Gold Coast nightlife and restaurants

For a Vegas-style nightclub, Love is the place to be for a truly attractive crowd and well-made drinks. Score yourself a VIP booth for bottle service, or hit the dance floor until the wee hours. Melbas is more low key, with friendly staff and popular music. They also do great specials on drinks throughout happy hour.

Avenue Restaruant and Saloon is a perfect night out. There are strawberry and mango daiquires, dancing and excellent food. A hidden gem on the Gold Coast is Allure on Currumbin. It’s a fine dining restaurant that makes any occasion special. The duck is to die for! 

On Mermaid Beach, the French Le Café Gourmand delivers consistently great food. Breakfast here is a must. For something a little different try the Japanese Steak House or True Malaysia.  

Camping and accommodation on the Gold Coast

Thunderbird Park is an amazing wildlife park stretching over 112 hectares. Here you can wake up in towering rainforests and fall asleep under star-studded skies. All caravan sites have their own rock-bordered firepits. 

Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park at the northern end of Palm Beach has been a family favourite for many years. Tucked on the picturesque Tallebudgera Creek, this park has everything you need for a perfect holiday base. 

Nobby Beach Holiday Village caters for the whole family, with a swimming pool and patrolled surf beach a mere 200 metres from the resort.

Set in the midst of a beautiful natural reserve, South Stradbroke Island Campground is a uniquely peaceful retreat, yet still conveniently close to the Gold Coast and numerous beaches in the area. Unfortunately it’s not a place to take your motorhome, so you’d need a tent for these nights. 

Eastern Australia – travel from the Gold Coast

There are some beautiful road trips from the Gold Coast if you’re ready for a change of scenery. Drive 90 minutes west following signage to Canungra through scenic hinterland to reach Lamington National Park. It is a rainforest retreat and home to birdlife and an abundance of wildlife. Take a bush walk up to the many waterfalls and learn more about Aboriginal history. You can even camp in the national park with your motorhome. 

A skywalk through the Tambourine Rainforest leads you to crystal-clear rock pools and breathtaking displays of flora and fauna. Tambourine Mountain also has glow-worm caves, plenty of walking tracks and a township where you can give your credit card a workout.  

Just a 15-minute drive from Currumbin Beach, Currumbin Valley Rock Pools is a fun day out for families or couples looking for a cute spot. Walk 50m upstream to a small waterfall tucked away from the main attraction. Drive up a few kilometres further and there is a great short walk along the creek.

In case you have some time to spare, you could head North and follow the coast to visit the beautiful Whitsundays, explore Townsville and embark on a Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

Motorhome tips for a Gold Coast road trip

  • Watch out for animals on the road and in the campgrounds.

  • Book early - campervans and campgrounds can sell out quickly, especially during high season.

  • Pack heaps of mosquito repellant.

  • Check out combo deals for theme parks and other attractions - it could end up saving you quite a bit of money to book them together.

  • Check out this driving guide for Australia to learn about the national road rules.

  • Be sure to download our handy motorhome app to assist with finding fuel stops, campgrounds and other helpful road trip information.


Plan your motorhome road trip from the Gold Coast

Land of sun, surf and theme parks, the Gold Coast is packed full of adventure and a fantastic place to start a motorhome road trip. This strip of beach is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why. With the kid-friendly amusement parks, world class shopping opportunities, nearby natural attractions and so much more, the Gold Coast is a fantastic mix of holiday fun for every type of road tripper.


Before you set out on the holiday of a lifetime, read our guide on the Gold Coast for suggested itineraries, some fantastic festivals and events that are worth planning around, and a few extra tips to make the most of every moment of your visit.


Be sure also to check out our ‘On the Road’ section for important information on motorhome travel around Australia, including how to find the nearest dump stations and fuel stations, and where to park up for the night.



The Gold Coast is arguably Australia’s most well loved holiday destination.


Itineraries beginning or ending in the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is such a great location that you’ll want to spend at least a few days here. But once you’re ready to move on, choose one of these itineraries to hit all the nearby hotspots.


Sydney to Cairns: East Coast Bliss (or Cairns to Sydney)

The ultimate road trip up the east coast of Australia takes in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes and beaches. Be enticed by lush rainforests at Springbrook National Park, visit the birthplace of Bundaberg, and stand in awe of Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls. From the Gold Coast, you can head south to Sydney or north to Cairnsknowingyoullbe seeing someofAustraliasmostsought after sights in either direction. This is a sand-in-your-toes, salt-in-your-hair kind of route that will stay with you long after you head home.


Sydney to Brisbane: A Coastal Dream(or Brisbane to Sydney)

A shorter version of the above itinerary, end your road trip in the Queensland city of Brisbane. The shorter road trip means you can easily expand the recommended average of 15 days to a greater length, lingering a while on the fantastic Gold Coast. Treat the kids to rides in the theme parks, and be sure to visit the beautiful Rainbow Bay and the stunning scenes of South Stradbroke Island. Check out our alternative route for yet another option.


Melbourne to Brisbane: City, Sand and Sea (or Brisbane to Melbourne)

The Gold Coast is a great place to start a road trip either to Brisbane in the north or Melbourne in the south. No matter the direction you choose, this route will provide a thrilling mix of incredible sights, cosmopolitan delights and beachy relaxation. If you decide to do the full itinerary of Melbourne to Brisbane, the Gold Coast is the perfect place to stop and explore, taking a break from driving for a few days.



Check out some of these incredible festivals and events held around the Gold Coast each year.




For three full days of food and wine, join thousands of cuisine lovers as they gather from all over the state for the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo. Enjoy brilliant demonstrations, educational and inspirational workshops, and of course, delectable tastings. For the icing on the cake, visit the Celebrity Cooking Stage for recipes and tips from famed Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules chefs.


The Blues on Broadbeach Festival grew from humble beginnings in 2002 into an award winning event in Queensland and across Australia. Held in Broadbeach, this free non-ticketed event features three days of local Australian blues artists and international acts. To top it all off, the cuisine available at the festival is simply scrumptious. Don’t miss this festival when May rolls around.


Spend three days in early June celebrating the wonders of fine cuisine from chefs and winemakers alike. The festival began in 2016, with thousands of people attending for the interactive events, food truck gatherings, spectacular outdoor dining experiences, and so much more.


Other events to hit:



If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of a whale off the Gold Coast.


Activities and attractions on the Gold Coast

There’s so much to see and do on the Gold Coast that you may have to extend your trip.




Sport is a big part of life on the Gold Coast. Visitors can catch a football game at the Gold Coast’s Robina Stadium, an Aussie rules games at the Metricon Stadium, or a basketball game at Carrara Indoor Stadium. Throughout the year, you can also catch beach volleyball, surfing tournaments, motor racing and more.


Sports teams:


More sports to look out for:


Music & Culture


The Gold Coast is full of fantastic cultural hot spots, and will have you strolling through galleries, attending one-of-a-kind venues and bobbing your head to incredible music.



Food & Wine


The Gold Coast is well known for its entertainment value. Catch a dinner and a show or head out on a wine tour for a guaranteed great time.


Outdoor Activities


If your love of the outdoors overshadows your love for the road for a few days, that’s okay - we won’t be offended. The Gold Coast has everything a fresh-air loving, adrenaline junkie could want.


Sporty's Scuba Diving

The team at Sporty’s Scuba Diving know there’s nothing quite like an underwater adventure on the Gold Coast of Australia, so they do their best to make your experience special and memorable.
Even if you’ve never dived or snorkeled before, the highly qualified crew take even the most inexperienced of adventurers on their incredible underwater tours. Schools of beautifully coloured fish, turtles, sharks, rays and more await in the stunning waters of subtropical Queensland. Tours to Cook Island Marine Park, the Tweed Coast and the Gold Coast Seaway are scheduled regularly, and with a variety of depth options on offer, you’ll be sure to find the tour that’s right for you.
Sporty’s Scuba Diving office is located centrally, and is easily accessible in your Gold Coast motorhome rental.

Where: 32 Strathaird Road, Bundall, Queensland, 4217, Australia
Opening hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturdays: 9.00 am to 3.00pm


Theme Parks


When people think Gold Coast, they often think ‘theme park’. With four fantastic adventure parks, the whole area feels like one giant playground.




The beach, the surf, the animals; visit some of Australia’s most stunning natural attractions in the Gold Coast. If you’re in the area between June and October, try to spot some of the thousands of humpback whales migrating from the chilly Antarctic waters to the warmer seas.




Heading down to the beach while you’re visiting the Gold Coast is all but compulsory.


Motorhome news and blogs

Dive deeper into the world of motorhome travel in the Gold Coast and greater Australia with these handy articles.


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One of the top music festivals Down Under, Splendour in the Grass is held near Byron Bay, New South Wales. Every July, thousands gather for a weekend to hear local and international musicians and singers perform on a world-class stage.


  • Why Australia is a top-rated country for motorhomes

With a stunning array of ever-changing scenery, long stretches of golden beaches, a fascinating history and a thriving tourism industry, you’d be crazy not to join the others hitting the road in a campervan trip through Australia.


  • Short Australian Road Trips for Your Next Long Weekend

Hire a cheap motorhome for the weekend, and discover life outside of the major Australian cities. Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin all have short and sweet road trip options right on their doorsteps.

Travel Guide for your Gold Coast Adventure

What to do on the Gold Coast

Dolphins in Paradise 
There’s something truly magical about getting up close and personal with some of nature’s most incredible creatures, and at Dolphins in Paradise you can do just that. As well as dancing through the waves with these incredible mammals, a tour out to the Gold Coast’s Moreton Island will give you the chance to glimpse other sea dwellers, including rays, octopi, loggerhead turtles and the loveable dugong. Schools of tropical fish in all their vibrant colours will whiz by as you explore the forgotten ships on the ocean floor at the Tangalooma Wrecks. On board, you’ll learn all about the environment in which these beautiful animals live from a marine naturalist. Be the envy of all your friends and upload your photos straight away using the boat’s free WiFi. Dolphins in Paradise is located on Rivergate Marina along the Brisbane River. Pick up your Queensland motorhome rental and head to the coast.

Where: 17 Rivergate Place, Rivergate Marina, Brisbane, Queensland, 4172, Australia
Phone: +61 07 5538 2111

Whales in Paradise 
What’s better than spotting a humpback whale offshore? Being an arm’s reach away from them in the water, of course. Take a tour with Whales in Paradise and venture into the South Pacific Ocean for an experience like no other. Whales in Paradise have been running incredible whale watching tours for over a decade, and if you’re sceptical about whether you’ll witness one of these ocean giants, the passionate owners guarantee that you will. On the company’s high-end vessel you’ll get up close and personal with humpback whales on the amazing water-level deck, and be treated to the Rich & Famous Waterways Cruise along the Nerang to see beautiful homes along the water’s edge. Tours are 3.5 hours long, so make sure you plan well to fit this amazing experience into your itinerary. Drive your Queensland motorhome rental to the centre of Surfers Paradise to begin your aquatic adventure. 

Departure location: 58 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217, Australia
Open: Whale Watch tours daily at 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm


Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar

If gourmet burgers and craft beers are your jam, then Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar is the place for you. Much like the name suggests, Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar is a surf-themed establishment, thriving on those chilled out, take-a-break kind of vibes. Décor aside, the diner is known for its 17 gourmet burgers (including the popular PHAT Bastard burger), loaded fries and a seasonal cocktail menu featuring over 30 fantastic beverages. With takeaway options available, you’re free to pick up your food and get straight back on the road in your Gold Coast motorhome rental. If you linger a while, there’s parking for your campervan outside. 

Where: Corner of Hamilton Avenue & Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217, Australia
Hours: 7 days, 11:00am till late

Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching Tours

Sail the open seas with Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching Tours and be guaranteed to spot one of these majestic creatures. The highly qualified crew provide information and commentary as you sail and enjoy complimentary morning tea. Upper and lower decks on board mean you’re in prime position to snap that winning shot, and if you miss your chance, you have back up with the onboard professional photographer. For over 20 years, Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching Tours has been providing guests with incredible whale sightings on board their fantastic custom-built vessel. The tours are 2.5 hours long, and leave Mariners Cove Marina at 9:30 am every morning. Pull up to Mariners Cove Marina in your Gold Coast motorhome rental and park for free for the duration of your tour.

Where: Mariners Cove Marina, Berth 95, Arm D, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Australia
Hours: 9:30 am departure time