Can’t wait for summer to make its way south? Get a head start on the season in the Gold Coast, where longer days and warmer nights have already set in. Heating up just in time for school holidays, this family-friendly destination is the perfect place to get your feet wet ahead of the crowd, with everything from seaside festivals to tropical fruit farms topping the list of must-try activities.
What are you waiting for? Grab a car hire at Gold Coast Airport and get ready to kick-start your summer as soon as you touch down.
See art by the sea at Currumbin’s annual Swell Festival
A worthy stop for beach lovers all year round, Currumbin Beach becomes even more spectacular in September when the annual Swell Festival takes to the shores. Bringing more than 50 mind-bending sculptures to the seafront, this 10-day event strives to connect the local community with the work of acclaimed national and international artists – all in the stunning natural surrounds of the Gold Coast. Best of all, this inspiring celebration of ‘people, art and place’ is free to the public – so you can enjoy a dose of education, art and culture without breaking your budget.
Embrace your inner child at Kids Week 2016
Another of the Gold Coast’s highly-anticipated annual festivals, Kids Week takes September school holidays to the next level with seven days of free, family-focused entertainment in Surfers Paradise. Complete with a diverse line up of live shows, workshops and carnival rides designed for all ages, this dynamic event is guaranteed to keep the whole family happy, whether you’re travelling with toddlers or trying to please a crowd of teens.
Get to know ‘Australia’s fruit bowl’ on a tour of Tropical Fruit World
If you’re having trouble getting your little ones to love fruit and veg, skip the tried and true theme parks in favour of Tropical Fruit World – a commercial farming operation turned tourist attraction in Duranbah. The source of some of the nation’s most sought-after produce, this alternative amusement park is also home to a variety of tours and experiences, from boat cruises and fruit tastings to miniature train rides and more.
Catch the tail-end of whale watching season in Surfers Paradise
Best known as a holiday destination for surfers and sunseekers, this well-loved Gold Coast town also happens to be a popular port of call for migrating whales, who bypass the shores each spring en route to southern waters. Grab the kids and get up close with these gentle giants aboard a Whales in Paradise tour, where incredible encounters come with a 100% guarantee.
Try your hand at water sports in Southport
Rather trade a boat ride for an afternoon on your own board? Take your pick of ocean-based activities at Southport’s premiere water sport school, Surf FX. Experts in everything from kitesurfing and paddle boarding to foil boarding and windsurfing, this acclaimed team of trainers will have you hanging ten in no time.
Go beyond the beaches in the Gold Coast’s tropical hinterland
If the Gold Coast’s seemingly endless stretches of coastline leave you feeling overdosed on sun, surf and sand, set your sights on the area’s oft overlooked hinterland. Home to abundant rainforests, cascading waterfalls and the country’s largest colony of glow worms, this inland expedition is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise and surrounds.
Ready to spring into summer? Book a car or van hire with Europcar and discover the Gold Coast on your own schedule.