If you want to enjoy your time with your friends, Byron Bay is a very good choice. Byron Bay is located in New South Wales, it is about 1.5 hours driving from Gold Coast, and 2.5 hours driving from Brisbane.
Byron Bay is a place which has interaction of peaceful and crowed. When you get top of the hill, you will have an entire view of this bay. Many people has wedding party here. When you downstairs the hill to beach, the sounds of ocean will make you to another spirit.
Surfer is a good experience here, waves are just good for surfing. There are not only adults surfs here, but also the the youths, kids learns how to surf as well.
Personally, I like Byron Bay, 3 hours enjoyed the nature, sea, environment, and fun with friends made my last weekend was so enjoyable.