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Coolangatta Airport Car Rental Tips

 If you're flying to Queensland's famous Gold Coast, Coolangatta Airport is the airport you'll fly into. Coolangatta Airport to Surfers Paradise is a 30-minute drive and will cost approximately $55 - $65 by taxi. And that's just one-way. If you're travelling further, then the cost will be even higher. So why not book a rental car instead? Hiring a car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and can save you money.

There are 27 rental car brands at Coolangatta Gold Coast Airport all competing for your business. If you want to find the best deal that's a lot of websites to check out...

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Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Redspot and Thrifty Car Rentals are all "on-airport" and have counters in the airport terminal opposite the arrivals area. 

Other rental operators, such as Firefly, Enterprise Car Rentals, are "off-airport" and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport. If you are meeting an off-airport car rental operator, proceed to the Meeting Place, located opposite the Transport and Information Desk.

Before you go to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your booking confirmation voucher, a valid driver's license for each of the drivers, a credit card or cash for the bond and suitable ID.

Make sure you return your rental car with a full tank of petrol, to avoid the higher price that will be charged by the rental company. There are petrol stations close to the airport, including Freedom Fuel which is situated near the airport on 1 Eastern Ave. Click here to find other petrol stations close to the airport.

If you return with your car and the depot is closed, you can drop your keys off in the drop-off boxes situated on the rental car counters.

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Gold Coast Attractions

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, including the theme parks, long sandy beaches and exciting attractions that make this part of Australia so famous. As one of Australia's top tourist destinations, the Gold Coast has it all! Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love. For more ideas, check out the Visit Gold Coast website. 

Dream World

The Gold Coast is well known for a variety of fun-fares and adventure parks but with over 40 rides and attractions, Dream World is Australia's largest theme park.

The park is so large, that it is made up of a variety of themed areas including Ocean Parade, Dreamworks Experience, Wiggles World, Gold Rush Country, Rocky Hollow and Tiger Island.

Whether you choose to have a go at one of the five different roller coasters, or you would like to have a try at the Tower of Terror, Dream World is full of thrills and spills and is not for the faint-hearted.

For those who are not so keen on a good adrenaline rush, there are also a variety of more conservative activities to enjoy including the Sunset Safari experience where you can enjoy the amazing array of wild-animals that live in the park.

For those who love to shop till they drop, there is a wide range of shopping areas where you can buy some great souvenirs to take home and for those with very young children, the fun activities at Wiggles World will get the kids giggling.

Just a 37-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport, Dreamworld is situated in Coomera. Turn left on to the Gold Coast Highway from the airport - then travel on to the Pacific Highway and take the Coomera exit. Signage will point you towards Dreamworld at exit 54.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Koalas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Dingos and much more. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of Australian wildlife, with a knowledgeable team of staff members who love to showcase their beautiful country to visitors.

Voted one of the Gold Coast’s most popular tourist destinations, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to hundreds of native Australian animals in their natural bush and rainforest settings.

Currumbin Wildlife park is also home to a hospital which began under the management of sanctuary founder, Alex Griffiths. Decades later, the hospital can now assist over 8,000 injured and unwell wildlife patients every year - it is also the busiest wildlife hospital in the world.

Visitors are also given the opportunity to participate in a live Aboriginal dance show which kicks off the night tour, where you will get to see koalas, saltwater crocodiles, wombats and hand-feed the kangaroos. Take the miniature train through the rainforest and enjoy being involved with some traditional dances and dream-time stories.

Situated on Tomewin Street and open from 8am till 5pm, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is just a five-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport.

Lamington National Park

Just an hour's drive from Gold Coast Airport, Lamington National Park enjoys one of the most diverse vegetation in Australia and includes one of the largest upland subtropical rainforest remnants in the whole world.

The park is made up of an array of vegetation and sky-high trees including Antarctic beech trees - which are over 5,000 years old. It also includes the largest remaining forests of hoop pine.

Lamington National Park is home to some of the rarest plants in the world, with plants such as the O'Reilly's pittosporum or the Lamington peach myrtle, only found in the park. With rare and almost extinct plants, comes an array of interesting wildlife species, including threatened animals such as the Richmond birdwing butterfly, the Coxen's fig parrot, the Large-eared pied bat and the Eastern Bristlebird.

Get amongst the ancient wildlife on the Treetop walkway, which takes you through a winding canopy of trees and vines, with the sweet sound of birds and animals foraging around you. The walk is 180 metres long, 15 metres off the ground and made up of nine suspension bridges.

If you choose to stay the night, you might like to check out the Green Mountain camping area which includes a picnic area and amazing views of Morans Falls and Morans Creek gorge. If you do choose to stay the night, make sure you book in advance (especially during the summer months) and ensure that you bring comfortable clothes and footwear.

When driving along the final section to the park, make sure you drive carefully as it is very narrow. 

Tamborine Mountain

Part of the Gold Coast's hinterland, Tamborine Mountain, which is named after the Aboriginal Yugambeh word - Jambreen, which means 'wild lime' and refers to the finger lime trees growing on the mountain.

Originally part of a lava flow from the Mount Warring volcanic eruption, which took place 22 million years ago, Tamborine Mountain is home to a diverse range of trees, wildlife and stunning views of the Gold Coast landscape below. From the Glow-worm caves located in one of the many wineries that you will find on the mountain, through to the luscious variety of rainforests that climb the mountain, you will be overwhelmed by the peace and quiet that makes Tamborine Mountain so special.

If you love walking, you will enjoy the walking tracks that wind through the rainforests, waterfalls and groves. Not only will you be wowed by the amazing wildlife that the mountain has to offer, there is also a variety of art galleries, souvenir shops and cafes along 'Gallery Walk' on Long Road.

If you would like to witness Tamborine mountain from above, a hot-air balloon is the best way to experience a bird's-eye view of the region. Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim flies every day and showcases a 360-degree view of the rainforests and valleys from Lamington National Park through to Mount Tamborine.

Located 59 minutes drive from Gold Coast Airport, Tamborine Mountain includes a wide variety of accommodation options, so that you can spend a day or two on the mountain. The climate is subtropical and temperatures range from between 18 degrees Celcius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) and 30 degrees Celcius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). If you choose to leave your car in one of the carparks next to the walking tracks, make sure you secure any valuables and bring comfortable walking gear and a camera to capture the amazing wildlife that you are sure to find.