If there’s anything more soothing than a slow country drive with endless mountain vista and flower scented air, then we wanna hear about it. There are so many scenic drives on the Gold Coast worth guzzling petrol over, from taking the government declared tourist drives to getting lost off the old Pacific Highway. Compile a playlist and pack some snacks for the ride, bliss levels are about to skyrocket.
Main Western Road | Mount Tamborine
Getting lost in the vicinity of Mount Tambo is never a stressful occurrence. Whether it takes you soaring through the escarpments of Eagle Heights, or skirting past forgotten spreads like Wonglepong or Boyland, with its population of 715 nesting peacefully by the Albert River. If turning Google Maps off isn’t your jam, follow the Main Western Road past Witches Fall Winery (stopping off to grab a few bottles of vino, of course) and find yourself at Laheys Lookout. The magnificence of our dear planet can be well and truly witnessed here.
State Route 98 | Currumbin Creek Road
Roll all four windows down and marvel at the extreme change of pace found just 10 minutes from some of the GC’s most bustling ‘burbs. Currumbin Valley might not be the great secret we once thought it to be, but if it means places like Pasture and Co. exist, then we’re completely okay with it. Llama farms, enchanted trees and more dream homes than you could fit on a Pinterest board, Currumbin Creek Road of State Route 98 is one to drive slowly on.
The B62 & Friday Hut Road | Bangalow To Newrybar
You know it’s a special, scenic occasion when you find yourself south of Byron Bay. Taking the B62 route off the M1, you’ll arrive in the great Northern Rivers town—dare we say greatest Northern Rivers town—of Bangalow. Take a small peak around before heading up towards Binna Burra, grabbing coffees and a block of Byron Bay cacao for the road from Pantry 29. Friday Hut Road will loop you back to Brooklet and Newrybar: your final destination being none other than Harvest (also known as the cutest deli known to mankind).
Tourist Drive 40 | Murwillumbah To Lismore
Tourist Drive 40 stretches all the way from Chinderah to Brunswick Valley, but even choosing a small segment of it will provide a magical drive. Essential stops include the frozen-in-time Stokers Siding, the waterfalls of Mooball National Park, and the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Fields of sugarcane and old fashioned pubs add a heartwarming and authentic Aussie vibe to your drive.
State Route 97 | Nerang To Murwillumbah Road
Motor off the M1 somewhere around Mudgeeraba or Nerang and head in the direction of a wee little suburb called Advancetown. After a quick hydration stop at The Advancetown Hotel Motel (for everyone sans you, dear driver), you’ll be left to follow State Route 97 into the greenery of Numinbah Valley and Lamington National Park. This road will carry you on across the QLD/NSW state border through the likes of Crystal Creek and Dungay, before giving you the chance to drop off for a coffee in Murwillumbah before legging it back to the coast. Despite seeing so much magical scenery from the comfort of your car, stopping for a walk at the Natural Bridge is completely essential.
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Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List