Top 5 easy road trips from Sanctuary Cove

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Sanctuary Cove is an ideal base to explore the Gold Coast’s superb surrounding sights and scenes. With close proximity to many of the famous beaches, trendy cities and mountain ranges, Sanctuary Cove is an easy gateway to the best of the region; so, if you’re a guest at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and are looking for some nearby day trips that are easy to get to by car, here are the top five road trips from Sanctuary Cove that are no more than two hours away.

Brisbane
Distance from Sanctuary Cove: 1 hour

The capital of Queensland, Brisbane is a must-visit for international travellers who have never experienced it before. With its recent surge of incredible restaurants, cafes and a selection of noteworthy art galleries and cultural institutions, Brisbane is impressive even to cosmopolitan Sydney-siders and Melbournians. Don’t miss the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), take a cruise down the Brisbane River on a ferry, catch some live music at River Quay and eat dinner at one of their first-class restaurants.

Mount Tamborine
Distance from Sanctuary Cove: 40 minutes

Home to some of the most fertile land in Queensland, Mount Tamborine feels worlds away from the big cities and is a breath of fresh air for nature lovers. Boasting stunning national parks, rainforests and food and wine experiences, Mount Tamborine has lots to please the punters. Wander through the 11-hectare Botanic Gardens, conquer your fears with a treetop zip line experience and be sure to sample some of the excellent food and wine on offer.

Byron Bay and Bangalow
Distance from Sanctuary Cove: 1.5 hours

One big town and one smaller that have both been attracting holiday-makers for decades, Byron Bay and its more humble neighbour Bangalow are picturesque places as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the appetite. With the reputation of being a bohemian town, Byron Bay sits right on the boarder of New South Wales and Queensland and boasts incredible surf beaches, famous bars and pubs and an amazingly off-beat, relaxed vibe. Bangalow is quieter and more inland, with a quaint picturesque heritage museum and excellent market. Be sure to also go out of your way to check out the 100m drop at nearby Minyon Falls.

Springbrook National Park
Distance from Sanctuary Cove: 1 hour

Pristine vistas, ancient volcanos, complete and utter wilderness, the Springbrook National Park is a haven of adventure and photo-worthy scenes. Punters can take their adventure as sky-high or as mild as they desire, with everything from short and easy walks to the most breathtaking waterfalls, to more mountainous heights. The rainforest is home a number of scenic waterfalls, like Goomoolahra Falls and Purling Brook Falls. Nearby, visitors can head to the stunning Natural Bridge, a waterfall cut through the rocks. The glow worm tunnel is another popular stop along the route with plenty of scenic lookouts in the area to enjoy different views.

Coolangatta and Tweed Heads
Distance from Sanctuary Cove: 50 minutes

Coolangatta is a surfer’s paradise, so if you’ve come to the Gold Coast to catch some waves, this is where you’ll find some famous breaks. Snapper Rocks and Kirra Beach are two highlights for avid surfers and can’t be missed; alternatively, if you’ve come looking to learn how to engage in this popular sport, Coolangatta offers an array of surf schools and lessons to get you started. Plus, if you’re in the location between June and October, take the opportunity to do some whale watching, as the Humpbacks migrate north from Antarctica during that time.

August 28, 2018