Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise showing a sunset, a beach and a city

Visit one of Australia’s most popular vacation spots and dive in the waves, spot humpback whales, go shopping or enjoy the fun family attractions and nightlife.

Surfers Paradise is one of Australia’s favourite holiday playgrounds. Take a surfing lesson, go shopping, visit a family attraction or book a boat trip. There is plenty to do in this highly developed stretch of coastline, which is known for its consistently good surf, family fun and nightlife.

The compact stretch of canals, malls and boulevards is part of the Gold Coast: Australia’s sixth largest city. Nearly a century ago, Jim Cavill built the Surfers Paradise Hotel here, in a settlement that later was named after his hotel. Sun-kissed Surfers Paradise has been hugely popular with tourists ever since.

Stroll along the golden beach and admire the outdoor artworks. The beach is patrolled by Australia’s iconic Surf Life Savers and you can safely swim between the flags. Take a surfing lesson and ride the waves of the warm Pacific Ocean. Make a splash during an amphibian safari, thrilling jet boat ride or river kayak trip. From May to October you can also book a whale-watching tour.

Just away from the beach is the mall, with its shops, restaurants, street performers and indoor attractions. Popular are Ripleys Believe it or Not! Odditoreum and the Timezone gaming arcade with mini golf, laser games and bowling halls.

For a picnic, take the family to Les Rogers Memorial Sanctuary, where the kids can peek into Big Foot’s cave, or the Cascade Gardens with its huge playground and oversees war memorials.

After dark, browse the market stalls on the esplanade during the Wednesday and Friday Beachfront Markets. On a Friday or Saturday night, join a lantern-led ghost tour to discover local dark secrets. Trendy “Surfers” is the nightlife precinct of the Gold Coast and you can take your pick from typical Australian pubs, luxury lounge bars or pumping nightclubs.

Surfers Paradise is serviced by public transport from the Queensland capital Brisbane and close to the Gold Coast airport.


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Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
3.5 out of 5
86 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is AU$145 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Surfers Paradise Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (154 reviews)
"It is a lovely place"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is AU$269 per night from 8 Jun. to 9 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,340 reviews)

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Q1 Resort & Spa
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$198 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (955 reviews)
"Wonderful friendly place, love that didn’t have to drive anywhere in such a popular location"

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Novotel Surfers Paradise
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is AU$265 per night from 15 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.7/5 Good! (979 reviews)
"Hilton surfers is getting some bad reviews in my view due to missing attention to detail as it’s a high rise in the middle of surfers hustle and bustle. We had lots of small issues such as room service delays, found no towels at pool, dirty looking blanket in room, empty minibar etc however overall ..."

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2022

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Paradise Resort Gold Coast
Paradise Resort Gold Coast
3.5 out of 5
122 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$205 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly resort in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free water park access and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (979 reviews)
"Will definitely be booking again soon"

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

Paradise Resort Gold Coast
Rhapsody Resort
Rhapsody Resort
4 out of 5
3440 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is AU$212 per night from 8 Jun. to 9 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,214 reviews)
"Loved the position right across the road from the beach. The high floor apartment was perfect - the views up the coast staggeringly beautiful. Excellent gym, very efficient check-in, basement parking was great and enjoyed the café downstairs for breakfast. This will now be my regular place to stay ..."

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Rhapsody Resort
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