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Our most recommended Gold Coast Bus & Minivan Tours

Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

1. Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

Discover the best of the Gold Coast, from both land and sea, with this guided tour by amphibious bus. Experience a sightseeing activity with a twist, as your tour vehicle transforms from a bus into a cruise boat. Set off from the heart of Surfers Paradise on a tour that journeys from roads into the Gold Coast Broadwater. Kids and adults will feel the thrill as the duck-themed vessel splashes into the water, transitioning from a bus tour into a relaxing cruise. See homes of the rich and famous in Paradise Waters, and admire super yachts in Southport Yacht Club. Keep a look out for local wildlife, and enjoy the informative commentary, before returning to Surfers Paradise.

Gold Coast: Evening Rainforest and Glow Worm Experience

2. Gold Coast: Evening Rainforest and Glow Worm Experience

Head out to the rainforest at night with a local guide to see nocturnal flora and fauna in the Springbrook National Park. Travel from the Gold Coast in a comfortable bus. Admire glow worms in their natural environment. Enjoy a warm drink and cake during your tour.  Be picked up from your hotel in an airconditioned Mercedes vehicle and travel to the top of the famous Tamborine Mountain. Gaze up at the starry sky and out over at the sparkling cities of the Gold Coast as you warm up with cake and a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Set out on your rainforest walk and see how this area wakes up at night. Gain insight into the unique plants and animals that call this ancient ecosystem home as you make your way through Springbrook National Park. Arrive at the Natural Bridge where a thriving colony of glowworms puts on a nightly display. Return to your hotel on the Gold Coast at the end of your tour. 

Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

3. Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

Spend time with the fishes on this snorkeling adventure. Wave Break has one of the highest amounts of fish in Australia and is a fantastic site for snorkeling. There are over 50 different species of fish with depths ranging from  0–15 meters. Many of the fish school in their hundreds and are very people friendly. This site is ideal for both the beginner and the advanced due to the location there is minimum swell. All snorkellers can be assisted with a guide on the basics of snorkeling and the areas that are best for photography and fish feeding. Snap some cool photos of the fishes underwater and hand-feed the fish. Take a break from snorkeling and pend some time exploring what Wave Break has to offer, including a beautiful stretch of the beach secluded from other boating activities. Or float on a boogie board with view holes to watch the sea life pass you by.  Get dropped off at your hotel with your photos and unforgettable memories. Return hotel transfers from Main Beah and Surfers Paradise. The duration of this activity from pickup to drop-off is 4 hours.

Gold Coast: Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

4. Gold Coast: Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

The Goondawanna Rainforests have so much to offer and only a short drive from the Gold Coast beaches. This small group tour offers a truly personalized experience with no more than 16 people per tour and door- to-door service from your central Gold Coast hotel.  Visit the stunning Natural Arch waterfall with a fully-guided walk from an expert local guide.  Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the rain forest as you make your way.  From inside the cave see the water cascading through the roof of the basalt cave formed over millions of years.  Continuing the tour, "Best of All Lookout" offers a view of northern New South Wales and Mount Warning.  The walk to this magnificent lookout takes you through one of the few remaining pockets of the ancient Antarctic Beech forest. Then head off to the nearby viewing platform to see the enchanting Purling Brook Falls.  During the journey, tour commentary on the area and wildlife is provided along with great scenery of the Numinbah Valley. Take in the views of Twin Falls and Rainbow Falls from Canyon Lookout on the way home.  On the return journey to the Gold Coast, sightings of kangaroos and the pretty faced wallabies is common, as they emerge from their bush retreats to feed on the lush grass in the cooler part of the day.

Gold Coast: 3-Day PADI Open Water Course

5. Gold Coast: 3-Day PADI Open Water Course

Take a 3-Day PADI Open Water Course which will provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to safely explore the underwater world. With your expert instructor, enjoy learning scuba diving in a safe environment. On the first day, take part in some academic training where you will learn the basic principles of safe and enjoyable diving. Then across the following 2 days, learn the basic skills of diving with some confined water training and subsequent dives in the open water where you will demonstrate your new skills in a typical underwater environment. Upon successful completion of this course, be awarded the PADI Open Water Certification card enabling you to scuba dive anywhere throughout the world to a depth of a maximum of 18 metres. The certificate also entitles you to hire equipment from dive stores and is valid for life.

Gold Coast: Introductory SCUBA Diving Experience

6. Gold Coast: Introductory SCUBA Diving Experience

Explore the underwater world of the Gold Coast, Australia. This dive is purely for pleasure and no experience is necessary. You will be accompanied by a certified PADI instructor throughout the whole dive.  You will be picked up from your Gold Coast accommodation and then board the boat at Marina Mirage. You’ll travel approximately 10 minutes north by boat to the Wave Break Island. Leaving the boat, you’ll head to the island and get comfortable wearing & using the SCUBA equipment in calm, shallow waters before heading off on your underwater safari.  Besides seeing beautiful and fascinating aquatic creatures first hand, you’ll experience sensations unique to scuba diving, like the feeling of floating weightless like an astronaut in space. You will be swimming amongst the many different species of fish of the Gold Coast, with the opportunity to hand feed them too.  Once back to the boat, you can take off for a relaxing snorkel or simply lounge about on the boat enjoying some light refreshments. A certificate is awarded to every diver. At the end of the activity you will be dropped back to your hotel. The duration of the tour from pickup to drop-off is approximately 4 hours.

The Gold Coast: Full Day Winery Tour

7. The Gold Coast: Full Day Winery Tour

Experience the endless picturesque views from the Gold Coast to the unique wine trails of Mount Tamborine. This is a unique opportunity to sample a hand-picked selection of wines produced by seasoned winemakers and award-winning boutique wineries as you wind through the valleys.  You will be picked up from your hotel and your knowledgeable guide will take you through the valley. You will make a number of stops at family-run wineries where you can try guided tastings of multiple varieties of wine. The tour also includes a stopover at the famous Tamborine Mountain Distillery, where you will be invited to sample a selection of their world famous liquors. The tour also includes a sumptuous two-course lunch in the beautiful setting of a winery. Snacks and water will be provided on-board, as well as, a stop to indulge your cheese cravings at the Witches Cheese factory. Afterward, if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can also sample some of the delicious fudge at Granny Macs. 

Gold Coast: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Bubbly

8. Gold Coast: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Bubbly

Enjoy a panoramic morning ride with an expert crew, before toasting a glass of bubbly at breakfast and touring a vineyard. Start your morning with pickup in an air-conditioned bus from select Gold Coast hotels and head out to the launch site. Watch the impressive balloon inflate and snap some photos before taking flight. Take in panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline, hinterland, and surrounding mountain ranges. Once you gently touch back down, have a laugh with pack-up games before a short drive to the vineyard for a champagne breakfast on the veranda of the grand homestead. Toast a glass of bubbly and enjoy a delicious feast. Take some time afterwards to explore the vineyard and taste some other wines. Conclude the tour with hotel drop-off, or opt to be dropped off at the theme park.

Gold Coast: Natural Bridge Glow Worm Night Tour

9. Gold Coast: Natural Bridge Glow Worm Night Tour

Witness a mesmerizing natural light show in the Gold Coast hinterland with a guided night tour to the Natural Bridge glow worm cave. Depart from Gold Coast and enjoy live commentary during your coach transfer. Arrive at Springbrook National Park and follow your guide as you trek through the ancient coastal rain forest. Have the chance to see nocturnal Australian wildlife like owls, bats, and frogs. Reach the Natural Bridge glow worm cave and be amazed by the illuminating light of millions of tiny worms. Then turn your eyes upward for some stargazing in the pristine night sky.

Tamborine Mountain: Wine Tasting Tour with 2-Course Lunch

10. Tamborine Mountain: Wine Tasting Tour with 2-Course Lunch

Taste the best Australian wines on this tour. Besides tasting wine, you will visit four wineries in Brisbane, learn how to make wine, and indulge in a tasty 2-course lunch. Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation. Sit back and enjoy the ride to Tamborine Mountain. Enjoy the drive and marvel at the spectacular views of rainforest and picturesque landscapes. Visit four award-winning wineries plus Tamborine Mountain's famous distillery. At each venue, you will get to try between 6-10 varieties. You can switch one of the wineries for a brewery on the day if you feel like finishing the tour with some beer.  Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at one of the mountain's top wineries is included in your tour, as well as all your tasting fees. Snacks and water are also inclusive and available on the bus.Visit the Witches Chase Cheese, a cheese lover's dream. Tickle your taste buds with a fun cheese-tasting experience that you won't forget. Afterward, you will be dropped off at your accommodation with memories you won't forget.

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What people are saying about Gold Coast

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 158 reviews

This was an amazing tour and our tour guide - Daf was very knowledgeable and witty. He took us on a small trek which was very nice. He has great knowledge of the local plants in the rainforest. The glow worms - were the highlight of the tour and it was a magnificent sight when we saw 100s of them glowing. Highly recommend these guys when you are up in Gold Coast!

Beautiful forest and amazing place to spend your evening in middle of beautiful sub-tropical rain forest. If you love the wild, you will live it here. I come from a country with dense rain forest, so for people travelling from Africa or India, this will be a simple experience

This was a fabulous tour. Andy, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. There was no feeling of being rushed; there was plenty of time to take in the beauty of the hinterlands and to take photos.

It was an excellent tour. On-time to pickup from my hotel (The Star) to lookout then tree-top bridge then the winery was a great ways to spend on Sunday. Tour guy Eddi was awesome.

My experience was excellent very enjoyable and professional can’t wait todo it again. Defiantly would recommend these guys