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I am planning a trip for a couple of days in feb from NZ, this is my second trip to the GC and I have done the theme parks before, I have some physical limitations in terms of walking distance etc and are looking for some ideas on what to do as an alternative to the theme parks in the area..are there any good day trips which maybe I could take - I am open to getting a rental car

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As you only have a few days I would suggest renting a car. This will give you more flexibility and you won't be waiting around for transport. If you do rent a car you can drive down the coast to northern NSW and explore places like Pottsville, Byron Bay etc.

Also the Gold coast hinterland is a nice drive where you can go up the mountains to Mt Tambourine etc.

Again if you are driving come up to Brisbane and visit South Bank Parklands. This is very close to the museum and Art Gallery which are both worth a visit.

In Brisbane you can catch a city cat and see Brisbane from a river perspective,

Happy Travels.

Edited: 12 January 2012, 22:15
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Definetly rent yourself a car. You do have numerous options regarding what to do & see. see the link below for suggestions.


a) Byron bay & Hinderlands http://www.byron-bay.com/hinterland/

b) Gold Coast Hinderlands goldcoast.com.au/gold-coast-hinterland-rainf…

c) Lamington National Park www.oreillys.com.au/lamington-national-park

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3. Re: Ideas needed

A trip up Mt tambourine is a must do if one hasnt done it already. Its probably not worth a second trip unless one visits the distillery. I dont think the local wines are much cop.

A day trip to the sunshine coast is also worth considering especially if one is prepared for an early start and late finish to the day.

If considering renting a car then rent it from Brisbane airport if thats your arrival point. The monies saved to and from the GC will more than cover a couple of days hire. I would recommend Apex or Alpha car hire. I have used Alpha many times on the GC and Apex is my company of choice in NZ. They have opened a branch in Brisbane Airport almost 12 months ago. I shall be trying their Aussie operation in June.

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