We’re always giving you guys some pretty great tips on the best feeds on the Gold Coast, but we also like to balance that out by giving you some great tips on how to get outdoors and explore too.
If you’re trying to find a great way to spend your summer that doesn’t involve Netflix and ice cream, we’ve unearthed some of the best things to do on the Gold Coast that come with a side of adventure. So, get out there and start exploring.
Pitch A Tent At These Awesome Local Camping Spots
Start packing the nylon and get ready to cast a line, we’ve stumbled across the best camping spots on the Gold Coast, complete with uninterrupted views of good old fashioned Mother Nature. Now don’t expect Wi-Fi, room service or cute chocolates left on your pillows; but do expect early morning swims, no crowds, the sunrise from your tent and wildlife. No doubt you’ll be asking yourself “is this even real life?” on the regular.
Hit The Road With The Coast’s Most Magical Scenic Drives
If there’s anything more soothing than a slow country drive with endless mountain vistas and flower-scented air, then we want to 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. Whether it be climbing the range at Tomewin or whizzing past canefields in northern NSW, these are the best scenic drives worth jumping in the car for.
Plunge Headfirst Into Waterfalls You Can Actually Swim Under
Our impressive beaches get a pretty good wrap. But they often overshadow our gorgeous hinterland sprinkled with dazzling waterfalls and sensational swimming holes. We reckon chasing waterfalls is exactly what you should do, and the best Gold Coast waterfalls you can swim under are only a car ride sing-along away. From the easy to access slides of Cougal Cascades at the end of the Currumbin Valley, to the trudge-through-the-forest worthy Elabana Falls in Lamington National Park, you’ll find a sweet selection here.
Escape To Paradise With Super Close Islands You Can Visit From The Coast
Ah, the tranquil island escape. Palm trees, azure waters, cocktails by the pool, this is the shit we dream about. Funny thing is, we don’t have to conjure up pictures in our heads as we drift into a slumber, because we can actually GO there! We know you’ve probably spent a decent slice of your paid holidays with weddings, babymoons, grandma’s interstate 90th, and we know that days off don’t just grow on trees. So, to help you turn your island dreamin’ into real-life action, we’ve rounded up five island escapes so close to the Coast that they should totally be considered for your next weekender.
Treat Yourself With A Glamping Adventure Under The Stars
Let’s be honest, camping is not for everyone. Roughing it takes a certain type of person, and you either love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. Luckily for the good of mankind, there is a new-ish phenomenon called glamping. The ultimate compromise for campers and non-campers, you get all the luxuries and conveniences of home inside one very fancy (and often fairy-light-adorned) tent. It’s the best of both worlds. And we need it in our lives—now. Fortunately, there are a host of glamping experiences located within easy driving distance of the Gold Coast. We’ve rounded up the best of the best here, to ensure your Summer of Fun knows no bounds.
Need more activities on your plate? Check out the rest of our Best Summer Ever itineraries here.
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