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Car Rental in Gold Coast

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
Toyota Corolla Sedan
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$17.59 / per day
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Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Standard
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$20.03 / per day
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Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$21.75 / per day
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Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$21.95 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Standard
Kia Cerato or similar
Kia Cerato
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$22.13 / per day
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Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
EastCoast Car Rentals
$22.30 / per day
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Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$22.42 / per day
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Gold Coast Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Accent or similar
Hyundai Accent
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$22.62 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 11:17 on 2020-08-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
AUD
Country code
61
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$23.38 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
10.0

Why rent a car in Gold Coast?

According to many travelers, the Gold Coast is the most fun place in all of Australia. Located in southeast Queensland and a short drive from the state capital, Brisbane, the city offers endless opportunities for surfing, diving, and partying as well as other ways to have a good time. Many other natural attractions, like the Scenic Rim, Glass House Mountains, and Moreton Island are also within reach if you have a rental car.

Gold Coast Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Gold Coast

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Gold Coast and drop off in another city include:

  • From Gold Coast to Brisbane - 52 offers from 41.09 USD per day
  • From Gold Coast to Cairns - 42 offers from 48.72 USD per day
  • From Gold Coast to Sydney - 34 offers from 55.27 USD per day
  • From Gold Coast to Marcoola - 34 offers from 40.08 USD per day

Top ways to enter Gold Coast

  • Gold Coast Airport: The sixth-busiest airport in Australia, it handled nearly 6.5 million travelers in 2018. In addition to serving domestic routes, the Gold Coast Airport also has international flights to and from New Zealand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan. Located 27 km (17 miles) south of the city center, the Gold Coast Airport can be reached in about 30 minutes.
  • Brisbane Airport: Serving the Queensland state capital and the third-largest city in Australia, Brisbane Airport handled more than 22 million travelers in 2018. Made up of two terminals, the airport hosts flights by more than 20 different airlines, with the largest number of flights provided by Qantas and Virgin Australia. Brisbane Airport is 87 km (54 miles) north of the Gold Coast and can be reached in about one hour.
  • Sunshine Coast Airport: Also known as Maroochydore Airport and Marcoola Airport, it provides flights to and from a number of Australian destinations as well as Auckland in New Zealand. Located 190 km (122 miles) north of the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Airport can be reached in about two hours with a large portion of the road taking you right along the ocean.

Useful city facts

  • The Gold Coast has a hot and humid subtropical climate with relatively little temperature changes between seasons. The average high temperature is 29°C  (84°F) in January and February, the warmest months, and 21°C  (70°F) in July, the coldest. Precipitation is quite high throughout the year with an especial increase every February.
  • Due to its picturesque location on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, many world-famous films have been shot on the Gold Coast (some of which are not even set in Australia). These include The Chronicles of Narnia in 2010, Pirates of the Caribbean in 2015, and Thor: Ragnarok in 2016.
  • Inhabited for centuries by the indigenous Yugambeh people, the Gold Coast was settled by British arrivals in the 1870s. For decades, the city was actually known as the South Coast, noting its location in reference to Brisbane. It was renamed the Gold Coast in 1958 and received city rights the following year. Nowadays, the Gold Coast is the largest city in Australia that is not a state capital.

Top destinations and activities

  • Surfers Paradise. The most famous area of the city, Surfers Paradise is, to many travelers, synonymous with the Gold Coast itself. Although the area has been heavily developed over the last decade - backpacker hostels and surfing schools now exist side by side with multi-story office buildings, nightclubs, and boutique shops - it still retains something of its original spirit and no visit to the Gold Coast is complete without spending some time here.
  • Broadbeach. Also known as Kurrawa Beach, Broadbeach is just south of the city center. More tranquil and easygoing than its posh neighbor, it nonetheless features many of the same attractions, including restaurants, surf shops, and, of course, beautiful beaches.
  • Currumbin Beach. A bit farther south - 26 km (16 miles) from the Gold Coast and can be reached in 40 minutes - Currumbin is, according to many, the most enjoyable beach of the Gold Coast. Lacking the crowds of tourists and much more popular with locals, it has surfing opportunities for beginners and veterans alike and offers a great view of the Gold Coast skyline in the distance. Currumbin is also home to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful and traveler-friendly nature preserve.

Traffic and parking tips

  • One of the largest road hazards in Australia is the wildlife. Take extra caution when driving in bad weather or after dark as this is when most of the collisions with wildlife take place.
  • Mobile coverage is very rarely available outside of major highways and population centers, so take extra caution when traveling in rural areas.
  • Another great risk when traveling off of the main highways is the heat. Temperatures can reach extremes very easily, especially during the summer months and in inland areas. Always stay properly hydrated and plan your route in advance to be able to supplement your water supplies.
  • Laws concerning driving under the influence differ from territory to territory in Australia. In Queensland, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers with provisional licenses. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines and a driver’s license ban.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The nationwide emergency number in Australia is 000.

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads in Australia, mainly in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. 

Most toll roads in Australia use an open toll system with mainline barrier toll points. All toll roads in Australia use a cashless payment system. You can purchase a prepaid pass for most toll roads. Some rental cars in Australia are equipped with electronic transponders, the price of which may or may not be included in the rental price. Ask your car rental provider about it in advance. 

Different toll roads are operated by different companies, so there is no nation-wide system in place. 

For more information about the toll roads in the state of Queensland, visit the state’s official toll road website.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Scenic Rim. Made up of mountain ranges, nature reserves, and countless hiking paths, the Scenic Rim is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in Australia. The area is easily accessible by car from the Gold Coast and there are many amazing road trips that you can take - learn more about them on the official Scenic Rim tourism website.
  • Lamington National Park. Part of the Scenic Rim but deserving special mention, Lamington National Park is home to cloud forests, high cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and the extinct Tweed Volcano. There are many hikes and treks you can take to explore the area as well as accommodation in guest houses and campsites. Lamington is home to many unique flora species, as well as wildlife like the Lamington crayfish, Coxen’s fig parrot, red-necked pademelon, and platypus. Located just 67 km (41 miles) southwest of the Gold Coast, the national park can be reached in 90 minutes.
  • Brisbane. The state capital and the third-largest city in Australia, Brisbane is a truly modern metropolis. From the Queensland Maritime Museum to Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, many botanic gardens, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, there are plenty of attractions After dark, a great place to visit is the Mount Coot-Tha lookout where you can enjoy stunning views of the city below. Located 79 km (49 miles) north of the Gold Coast, Brisbane can be reached in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in the Gold Coast is the Nissan Micra, although many travelers also go for the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent. The most popular rental car types are compact, economy, and full size.

Further destinations

  • Moreton Island. A large island just off Brisbane, Moreton is made up of impressive long beaches, freshwater lakes, cozy villages, water sports centers, and the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Plenty of unique animals and plants can be found on the island, and you can also go on a boat tour to watch humpback whales and other sea creatures from the island. There are a number of ferries going from the Port of Brisbane and Pinkenba in Brisbane and while you cannot bring a rental car, you can park at the port and pick it up again after coming up.
  • Sunshine Coast. Currumbin Beach near the Gold Coast might feel like a relaxed beach spot, but to enjoy real tranquility drive north past Brisbane until you reach the Sunshine Coast. Stretching for more than 60 km (37 miles), it has plenty of hauntingly beautiful beaches that you’ll often have to share with just a few other people. Located 190 km (118 miles) north of the Gold Coast, the city can be reached in about two hours.
  • The rest of Queensland. Most of the inhabitants of Queensland live in its southeastern corner where the big cities, including the Gold Coast and Brisbane, are located, but it takes up only a small portion of the state geographically. From the amazing Great Barrier Reef that you can access from many towns in the central portion of the state to tropical rainforests in the north and the Queensland outback away from the coast, there’s plenty more to Queensland. Visiting most of these destinations requires a lot of preparation and often the hiring of a tour guide, but getting to know the sparsely populated and wild part of Queensland can be truly rewarding. 

Car Rental Prices in Gold Coast

  • Medium cars - from $27 per day
  • Small cars - from $26 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Follow these simple tips to get a great rental car in Queensland:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting the Gold Coast is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 43% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 60% cheaper than renting a car in November.

Top 20 Cities near Gold Coast

  1. Sydney Car Rentals from $17.83 per day
    671.3 km / 417.2 miles away
  2. Brisbane Car Rentals from $18.20 per day
    94.8 km / 58.9 miles away
  3. Canberra Car Rentals from $27.96 per day
    892.4 km / 554.5 miles away
  4. Ballina Car Rentals from $33.48 per day
    74.7 km / 46.4 miles away
  5. Proserpine Car Rentals from $40.41 per day
    989.8 km / 615.0 miles away
  6. Marcoola Car Rentals from $20.03 per day
    178.3 km / 110.8 miles away
  7. Mackay Car Rentals from $44.76 per day
    891.7 km / 554.1 miles away
  8. Rockhampton Car Rentals from $23.48 per day
    612.3 km / 380.5 miles away
  9. Newcastle Car Rentals from $31.88 per day
    539.2 km / 335.0 miles away
  10. Lismore Car Rentals from $36.77 per day
    77.8 km / 48.3 miles away
  11. Coffs Harbour Car Rentals from $28.03 per day
    242.7 km / 150.8 miles away
  12. Surfers Paradise Car Rentals from $26.27 per day
    19.3 km / 12.0 miles away
  13. Gladstone Car Rentals from $31.88 per day
    529.2 km / 328.8 miles away
  14. Bundaberg Car Rentals from $43.97 per day
    381.3 km / 236.9 miles away
  15. Toowoomba Car Rentals from $30.09 per day
    170.6 km / 106.0 miles away
  16. Port Macquarie Car Rentals from $36.27 per day
    369.0 km / 229.3 miles away
  17. Hervey Bay Car Rentals from $43.97 per day
    322.4 km / 200.3 miles away
  18. Dubbo Car Rentals from $33.48 per day
    653.7 km / 406.2 miles away
  19. Roma Car Rentals from $33.48 per day
    500.6 km / 311.1 miles away
  20. Wagga Wagga Car Rentals from $33.48 per day
    964.9 km / 599.6 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Gold Coast

  1. 0.2 km / 0.1 miles away
  2. 19.2 km / 11.9 miles away
  3. Downtown Car Rentals from $17.59 per day
    72.0 km / 44.7 miles away
  4. 75.3 km / 46.8 miles away
  5. Brisbane Airport Car Rentals from $18.20 per day
    75.6 km / 47.0 miles away
  6. Ballina Airport Car Rentals from $33.48 per day
    93.0 km / 57.8 miles away
  7. Lismore Airport Car Rentals from $36.77 per day
    93.2 km / 57.9 miles away
  8. Downtown Car Rentals from $26.37 per day
    153.5 km / 95.4 miles away
  9. 157.3 km / 97.8 miles away
  10. 159.4 km / 99.1 miles away
  11. Car Rentals from $35.54 per day
    198.9 km / 123.6 miles away
  12. 259.2 km / 161.1 miles away
  13. 303.7 km / 188.7 miles away
  14. Armidale Airport Car Rentals from $31.88 per day
    331.0 km / 205.7 miles away
  15. 362.2 km / 225.0 miles away
  16. 365.3 km / 227.0 miles away
  17. 385.3 km / 239.4 miles away
  18. Car Rentals from $43.37 per day
    386.2 km / 240.0 miles away
  19. Downtown Car Rentals from $39.57 per day
    386.6 km / 240.2 miles away
  20. Tamworth Airport Car Rentals from $31.88 per day
    423.7 km / 263.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Gold Coast?

Car rental prices in Gold Coast vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Gold Coast
$43.59
January
$48.54
February
$30.49
March
$36.40
April
$73.04
May
$67.15
June
$48.30
July
$55.96
August
$60.43
September
$34.57
October
$82.27
November
$65.14
December
The best month to rent a car in Gold Coast is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $30.49). This is 43% cheaper than the yearly average and 63% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $82.27 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Gold Coast?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 19 days in November, the average rental period is 2 days.
Average Rental Length in Gold Coast
6
January
10
February
10
March
April
19
May
6
June
3
July
3
August
3
September
6
October
2
November
4
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Gold Coast?

While travelers visit Gold Coast year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Gold Coast by Monthly Searches
94%
January
515%
February
574%
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
16%
November
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
EastCoast Car Rentals Suzuki Swift 4 2 Small cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Hyundai Accent 2 4 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Kia Rio 2 2 Medium cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 5 4 SUVs
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla Sedan 4 2 Large cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Toyota Corolla 4 2 Large cars
EastCoast Car Rentals Kia Carnival 5 1 People Carriers/Vans
EastCoast Car Rentals Mitsubishi Outlander 3 5 SUVs
Alamo Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Australia
Kia Rio
January 31, 2020
Great place to holiday. Definitely moving up to gold coast to live
Malaysia
Suzuki Swift
August 18, 2019
we are going to Cairns every year for 2-3 months, normally we rent in Cairns but first time we drove up. we are very sportive, play tennis and golf daily and for that the golf coast is ideal. however June to September is tooo cold there thus we will be going to Cairns henceforth
Hong Kong
Nissan Micra
August 17, 2019
Good. Smooth and easy.
Australia
Suzuki Swift
June 29, 2019
We just enjoyed the relaxation and the ability to visit friends and family

Top 12 Suppliers in Gold Coast in 2020

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+61755993604
Eastern Avenue, Gold Coast Airport, Bilinga QLD, Coolangatta 4225
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+61755993604
Eastern Avenue, Gold Coast Airport, Bilinga QLD, Coolangatta 4225
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+610755693370
Gold Coast Airport, Tom Norris Dr, Coolangatta QLD 4225
Working hours
Mon:10:00-20:00
Tue:10:00-20:00
Wed:10:00-20:00
Thu:10:00-20:00
Fri:10:00-20:00
Sat:10:00-20:00
Sun:10:00-20:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+610755693370
Gold Coast Airport, Tom Norris Dr, Coolangatta QLD 4225
Working hours
Mon:06:30-22:30
Tue:06:30-22:30
Wed:06:30-22:30
Thu:06:30-22:30
Fri:06:30-22:30
Sat:06:30-22:30
Sun:06:30-22:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0755879333
Terminal Drive Gold Coast Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
755993604
In Terminal Eastern Avenue
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
0755693877
Terminal Drive Gold Coast Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
EastCoast Car Rentals
EastCoast Car Rentals
Excellent 8.5
+611800474258 / +61755558908
3 Karana Street, Tugun, 4224
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-17:00
Sun:07:00-17:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.3
+61755558908
15 Maud St, Tugun QLD 4224
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8
+61755993604
Eastern Avenue, Gold Coast Airport, Bilinga QLD, Coolangatta 4225
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+61755231405
5 Greenway Drive,Tweeds Head,South NSW
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
61755982247 / 3172487251
423 Golden Four Drive

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