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With the Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to the north, the border of New South Wales to the south, and the lush peaks of the hinterlands stretching inland, the Gold Coast is a prime location from which to explore Australia’s east coast. Here are some of the best day trips from the Gold Coast.  

Stradbroke Island — 22 miles (35 km) north
Stradbroke Island, or Straddie as the locals call it, is a slice of paradise ranking as the second largest sand island in the world. It’s just over a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast, making it a convenient choice for water sports, wildlife-watching cruises, and sea kayaking excursions.

Lamington National Park — 29 miles (46 km) southwest
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park stretches over 49,915 acres (20,200 hectares) of protected forest ranging from subtropical rain forest to drier eucalyptus forest. On a day trip from Gold Coast, it’s possible to enjoy a canopy walk, go bird watching, or take a bushwalk from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Mt. Tamborine National Park — 29 miles (47 km) northwest
Visit Mt. Tamborine National Park during the day and marvel at the views from the Rainforest Skywalk, or brave a nighttime rainforest tour and spot wildlife by flashlight as you hike to a waterfall and stand beneath a canopy of twinkling glow worms.

Brisbane — 49 miles (79 km) north
The Queensland capital is just a short hop from the beach, making it an obvious choice for a day tour. Take in the views from Kangaroo Point and Story Bridge; browse the stalls at the Brisbane City Markets; stroll around the lively Southbank and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens; or enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the Brisbane River.

Byron Bay — 58 miles (94 km) south
Cross the border into New South Wales and visit laid-back Byron Bay, renowned as one of the east coast’s coolest beach resorts. Here, you can visit Australia’s most easterly point, do some shopping, grab lunch at a beachside café, or spend the day surfing and sunning on some of Australia’s best beaches.

Moreton Island — 65 miles (105 km) north
Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world, is 90 percent covered by national park and is home to Mt. Tempest, the planet’s highest coastal sand hill. Snorkelers will find a variety of colorful life at the Tangalooma Wrecks off the western coast, while plentiful sand dunes make for excellent sand boarding.
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Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast

Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast

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Exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland can be a challenge if you don’t have your own transport, but this full-day tour from the Gold Coast offers the perfect introduction. Discover the natural wonders of the Springbrook National Park, stopping to take in the views of Mt Warning and the Numinbah Valley, and admire landmarks including the Natural Arch, Rainbow Falls, and Goomalarah Falls.
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  • 8 hours
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The Best of Tamborine Mountain from the Gold Coast

The Best of Tamborine Mountain from the Gold Coast

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Exploring the Gold Coast hinterland can be tricky for those unfamiliar with the area. See places you'd never find on your own on this guided tour to Tamborine Mountain. Embark on a rainforest walk to Curtis Falls, travel through Eucalyptus Forest, and explore the Tamborine Mountain Forest Skywalk, a network of forest floor trails, steel bridges through the highest points of the upper canopy, and a 131-foot (40-meter) cantilevered bridge that soars 98 feet (30 meters) above the creek and rainforest below.
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  • 8 hours
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Deluxe Winery Tour to Tamborine Mountain, includes gourmet two course lunch
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Deluxe Winery Tour to Tamborine Mountain, includes gourmet two course lunch

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Taste award-winning liqueurs, spirits, and wine on this tour of the Mt. Tamborine area, which also includes a gourmet lunch. Taste the bounty of the Great Brisbane region, including locally produced cheese from Witches Chase Cheese Factory, spirits from Tamborine Mountain Distillery, and vintages from multiple wineries. All tastings, snacks, and beverages provided means a seamless, belly-filling experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hinterland Heritage Wine Tour

Hinterland Heritage Wine Tour

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Many wine tours focus only on the great wine but on this tour you’ll also visit some of the most beautiful heritage buildings in the area, which happen to be wineries. On this tour you’ll be taken to four different estates, including a home that three previous Queensland premiers lived in. Learn about wine-making and local history while indulging in a tasty drop or two.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast

Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast

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Head into the Gold Coast hinterland for an evening of luminescent glow worms, a torch-lit rain forest walk, and stargazing in the clear night sky. Deep inside the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest, marvel at the natural phenomenon of thousands of tiny glow worms lighting up an ancient cave before trekking among the nocturnal creatures of Queensland on a guided night safari. Cap off the evening with stargazing at the Springbrook Research Observatory and a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
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  • 5 hours
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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour
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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour

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Short on time? Sample the natural beauty of the Gold Coast on this outdoor tour. Hop on a sea kayak and paddle your way over to Wave Break Island to swim and snorkel amid sub-tropical fish and marine wildlife. Look out for dolphins and stingrays and enjoy a snack before heading back to shore
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  • 3 hours
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Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast

Whale Watching Tour with Spirit of Gold Coast

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Spotting whales in their natural habitat can be tricky if you don't know where to look. Skip the guesswork on this whale-watching cruise, which guarantees you will see humpback whales as they migrate past the Gold Coast from June to November or you receive a complimentary second cruise. The tour is led by a marine biologist guide who is passionate about conservation and offers insights into whale behavior that enrich the experience. Includes morning tea and a photo booklet souvenir.
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  • 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Buffet Dinner Sightseeing Cruise

Buffet Dinner Sightseeing Cruise

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Hop aboard this evening cruise and navigate the canals of the Gold Coast Broadwater while savoring a buffet dinner prepared by local chefs. Take in views of the Surfers Paradise skyline as you sip a locally crafted beer or a cocktail. This tour is perfect for celebrating a special occasion with friends and family.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Surfers Paradise Sunset Cruise
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Surfers Paradise Sunset Cruise

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End a day in paradise–Surfers Paradise–on a memorable sunset cruise. Sit back and relax on a 90-minute cruise that will take you through the canals and waterways of the Gold Coast as the sun goes down.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Gold Coast Parasailing - Tandem, Triple
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Gold Coast Parasailing - Tandem, Triple

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Experience the thrills of parasailing while on the Gold Coast of Australia. First, you’ll receive a short safety training before being outfitted with a harness. Then, soar high above the Gold Coast, up to 400 feet (122 meters) high, and take in aerial views of the coastline. This is available for solo travelers or with one or two partners.
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  • 1 hour
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Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise

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Don't just see the Whales, EXPERIENCE THEM! Our experience is like no other! Onboard our luxurious new vessel, we are able to get you to the whales a lot quicker, meaning more time watching whales and less time travelling! With 360 degree views from all positions onboard, and limited tickets onboard, you'll always have prime views and never have to battle crowds. Our professional crew onboard also offer great commentary of the whales through the surround speakers. We offer the best experience, and the best whale views, unobstructed by crowds onboard the safest and fastest whale watching vessel.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour
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Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

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Journey into the hinterlands on this 5-hour afternoon tour of the Springbrook National Park from the Gold Coast. Explore the UNESCO-listed Goondawanna rainforests by coach, stopping to walk through the jungle, peek into ancient caves and enjoy views of Mount Warning from the Best of All Lookout.  Visit natural wonders like Purling Brook Falls, Numinbah valley and Rainbow Falls, and soak up the scenery from the Canyon Lookout. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people for a personalised experience, and includes hotel pick-up and afternoon tea.
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  • 5 hours
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Gold Coast Skippered Canal Cruise

Gold Coast Skippered Canal Cruise

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Experience the beautiful Gold Coast on this small-group guided cruise. Enjoy a flexible itinerary—cruises last from one to five hours—and a quiet ride on this custom built boat with an electric motor. Check out amazing views of sites like Main Beach, Southport, Cronin’s Island, and Isle of Capri. Marvel at the million dollar homes and gorgeous canals, elegant bridges and marine life that could include dolphins, turtles, and sea eagles.
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Tamborine Mountain Daily Service, Treetop Challenge and Thunderbird Park

Tamborine Mountain Daily Service, Treetop Challenge and Thunderbird Park

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Spend a day exploring the sights of Tamborine Mountain on this daily shuttle service from Helensvale Station on the Gold Coast. Stopping at Eagle Heights, Mount Tamborine, North Tamborine, Rainforest Skywalk, Thunderbird Park, and Treetop Challenge, this comfortable shuttle bus gives you the chance to explore without worrying about organizing your own transport. You’ll also learn about the region from your driver-guide and do some sightseeing as you cruise around.
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  • 8 hours
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Gold Coast Full Day Brewery Tour
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Gold Coast Full Day Brewery Tour

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Visit three craft breweries on the Gold Coast during a half-day tour that includes lots of beer tastings and a delicious lunch. You'll sample the goods at Black Hops Brewing, Burleigh Brewing, and Balter Brewing, meet some of the brewers, and learn what goes on behind the scenes during the brewing process.
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  • 6 hours
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Hot Air Balloon Tour in Brisbane with Breakfast
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Hot Air Balloon Tour in Brisbane with Breakfast

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The forested valleys and vine-clad hills of Brisbane’s Scenic Rim area are even more magnificent when viewed from above. With this tour, make an early start to catch the sunrise and float over the picturesque landscapes in a hot air balloon. After admiring the views, celebrate your flight with a glass of Champagne and a scrumptious hot buffet breakfast at a local vineyard.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Gold Coast Half-Day Fishing Charter

Gold Coast Half-Day Fishing Charter

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Enjoy deep sea fishing on a 5-hour charter tour from the Gold Coast. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure for this fishing tour with professional fishing guides who assist you to find and land your catch. A wide variety of pelagic and bottom-dwelling fish can be found in the waters off the Gold Coast. Includes the use of fishing equipment and a safe ride on a fully equipped boat.
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  • 5 hours
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Bar & Brewery tour

Bar & Brewery tour

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Tipsy Tours started as a tipsy idea in 2015 and came to fruition soon after. Offering full-day, half-day and customised day trips to arguably the best wineries, distilleries and boutique breweries South-East QLD has to offer. Servicing Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Northern NSW. From 6 to 75+ passengers, we can cater for any event - private or corporate. We strive to make sure everyone has the best time with us! Tasting wine, eating good food, laughing, learning and loving the decision to choose Tipsy Tours for your event. We spend our time researching and exploring new possibilities to help keep our tours fresh, interesting, and relevant At Tipsy Tours, we pride ourself on the best service, experience and value for money. At a fraction of the cost of other comparable tour companies, we endeavour to not only be the best value for money but the go-to for all locals, Travelers, and connoisseur alike. There isn't much we won't do!
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  • 6 hours
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Gold Coast Private Skippered Limo on the Water Canal Cruise

Gold Coast Private Skippered Limo on the Water Canal Cruise

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Whether you want to see the sights from the channels and coastlines or you just want to have dinner and drinks on the water, this private canal cruise can be tailored to your needs. Take this water-limo, custom-built for small groups, out for one hour or for half the day, cruising in the shadow of the grand Gold Coast skyline. With a skipper on hand to point out all the highlights, from Surfer’s Paradise to the homes of the rich and famous, this is a unique and discreet way to experience the Gold Coast.
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Northern Rivers Wine Tour

Northern Rivers Wine Tour

More than a tourist attraction, and more than a commercial farm, Tropical Fruit World is a labour of love, a fruit farm of inimitable value. Complete with a Biological Sustainable Horticulture philosophy, this family owned heritage business takes seriously their custodianship of the land as they seek to educate, share and unlock nature’s secrets with visitors, community and family alike. Since 1983, Tropical Fruit World (formerly Avocado land) has trail blazed in linking fruit farming with tourism.
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  • 3 hours 2 minutes
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Private Group Tour Brisbane & Gold Coast Personal Tours

Private Group Tour Brisbane & Gold Coast Personal Tours

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Private tours are available for groups from 1 – 13 guests. Ideal for those with limited time who can chose the day and times of their tour to suit your time in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. You may even find that this is a cheaper option than booking one of our scheduled tours. tours can be tailored to your own requirements. Would like to go to Byron Bay, Toowoomba/Darling Downs or Brisbane destinations? We can put a great tour together for you. Catering can be arranged to suit your needs or simply take our standard menus which are designed to suit most tastes. Set rates are available for both full-day and half-day tours depending upon the number in your group. We pick you up at your accommodation / hotel in Brisbane, Logan or Gold Coast. – you can choose the time! Guest will travel in an air-conditioned 13 seat mini-bus. Be assured we know what we are doing and will endeavour to make your trips one of the highlights of your visit to Queensland.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tangalooma Wrecks Tour

Private Tangalooma Wrecks Tour

The most comprehensive boat cruise on the Gold Coast! This tour runs for up to 8 hours and showcases the world famous Tangalooma Wrecks of Moreton Island. We also Cruise past both North and South Stradbroke Island and Wave Break Island's with sightings of dolphins, turtles, rays and fish commonly seen.You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a gentle walk on Moreton Island looking for native wildlife. We also offer a selection of locally grown fruit to enjoy while on the cruise and make the experience even more enjoyable.
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  • 8 hours
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The Ultimate Gourmet Tasting Experience - Scenic Rim
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The Ultimate Gourmet Tasting Experience - Scenic Rim

A Private tour of award winning wineries in the Scenic Rim and sample some of Queensland's best wines at a number of family owned boutique wineries, a two course lunch, cheese platters and chocolates with pickup and drop off included. This will be a unique opportunity to pleasure your senses as we wander through the vast area that is the Scenic rim visiting farms and roadside stalls that we pass along the way.
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  • 6 hours
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USD1,057.98
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Full-Day Guided Wine Tour in Mt Tamborine From Gold Coast

Full-Day Guided Wine Tour in Mt Tamborine From Gold Coast

Operating wine and food tours since March 2000, the award-winning Cork ‘n Fork Winery Tours are without doubt the premier specialist wine tour business in South East Queensland. Our Experienced Guides are avid food and wine lovers. Let us take you on a journey to experience what Tamborine Mountain's many wineries and distilleries have to offer. You will love it and we can't wait to take you there
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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