The Gold Coast is a melting pot of fake tits, fake people and fucked-up tattoos. There’s enough tackiness on the Gold Coast to fill the casts of 1,000 shitty reality tv shows. But amongst all of this tackiness are some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. From Coolangatta to Main Beach, there ain’t a beach that won’t give a traveller a hard-on. Ol’ Bob has spent some time on the Gold Coast, mostly in Surfers Paradise, where there’s more orange people than a Donald Trump family reunion. If you’re after a night out, there’s more bars, night clubs, strip clubs and vomiting teenagers than a man can deal with.
Aside from the beautiful natural surroundings, including the oft-forgotten hinterland regions – there’s not a lot of depth to the Gold Coast. If you’re a surfer, there’s iconic breaks like Snapper Rocks, D’bah, Burleigh Heads and of course, Kirra.
If you don’t surf and you don’t particularly like the beach, there’s still a bit to see on the Gold Coast – especially if you’ve hired a campervan or motorhome. Currumbin Valley is a lush green paradise that winds up into the nearby mountains into northern NSW and it’s nearby sectarian Hari Krishna communities and hippies. Tomewin Road winds through these hills and is a great way to avoid holiday traffic on the Pacific Highway.
On the way south you’ll come across quaint country towns like Murwullimbah, Nimbin and Lismore. Cutting back east is a patch of Australia that gives Bob a real hard-on – and it spans all the way from Brunswick Heads to Ballina (about 50km). Aside from Byron Bay, which according to Bob is full of ‘rich bohemian wannabe wankers’, this northern rivers region is paradise. Think empty beaches with thick rainforests and quiet country towns. There’s plenty of caravan parks and national parks for camping – and they’re all campervan-friendly and often just minutes walk from the beach.
Anyway, the Gold Coast has plenty to offer for a weekend campervan getaway or an extended stay when the waves are good. Just beware, there’s more fake people in this town than in a Barbie doll factory!
Bob can get you the best deal on campervan rental anywhere in Australia – or he’ll change his name to Nancy! We’ve got 4WD’s, motorhomes and campervans available in these locations: