How to be a backpacker on the Gold Coast

How to be a backpacker on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is an epic place to visit in South-East Queensland. The region boasts golden sand beaches, nightlife, surfing culture, plenty of outdoor activities and stunning scenery across the hinterland.

Many travellers would have to visit different cities or even countries to have the different types of experiences that you can experience within a 1-2 hour drive on the Gold Coast.

Before you go to the Gold Coast, you will need to organise your transport. The Gold Coast does have a bus and tram system, but to get to the destinations suggested, you will need to either hire or purchase a vehicle.

If you plan to stay on the Gold Coast for longer than 4 weeks, you can purchase a vehicle and then resell the vehicle when you are ready to move on.

If you are looking to buy a car, you can find vehicles through the Gumtree – Gold Coast cars for sale or Facebook marketplace – Gold Coast.

You can also compare available cars on the Gold Coast and save up to 25% on your next car rental with Car Rental Buddy – Gold Coast Car Hire – Cheap Deals, Big Savings & 24/7 Support.

Once your transportation is sorted, you can explore these top backpacker hot-spots and activities:

Nightlife in Surfers Paradise

Some of the best nightclubs in Queensland are on the Gold Coast. The really cool thing is that the clubs are located within walking distance of each other. Start the night off at Shooters Nightclub and then hop around town to see where the night takes you. The clubs often promote specials, so keep an eye out for cheaper drinks or free entry.

Visit Mt Tambourine hinterland

The main area of the Gold Coast is all hustle and bustle with a twist of the surfer’s vibe, but you can take a 1h drive out and enjoy the tranquility of the hinterland. Take the drive up to Tambourine mountain and take a walk in the forests or relax in one of the many cafes.

Go beach-hopping

The Gold Coast is home to some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Whether you want to surf, jet ski, do stand-up paddle boarding or just enjoy the waves, there are several kilometers of the golden sandy beaches that will keep you happy. If you want to go to a place that is social, but not too busy, head to Main Beach. You can even head up to the surf club for some fish and chips or opt for a BBQ in the park.

Shop until you drop

If you have a bit of extra cash to spare, there are a few really cool places where you can shop. If you are looking for a bargain, head to Harbour Town and look for discounts at the various outlet stores, where you can save up to 50% whenever there’s a sale on. You can keep an eye out for their offers on their website.

The suggestions here only scratch the surface of what is on offer. You can head further north, where you can enjoy fishing expeditions or a local farm experience. Or you can head further south into the more laid back areas and enjoy more of the beachcomber lifestyle that’s on offer.

So stop thinking about it and start making plans to experience the Gold Coast.


Author Bio

Tom Smith is a writer for 101 Degrees North, a digital PR agency. He loves the combination of sunshine, sand and coffee in the morning. When he isn’t writing, you can find him with his surfboard catching waves off the Burleigh shoreline.