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Surfers ParadiseGold Coast

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.


Popular places to visit in Surfers Paradise

Cavill Avenue
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Cavill Avenue

4/5(2,815 reviews)

Bustling nightlife, great shopping and a legendary surfing beach make this avenue the exciting centre of Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.

SkyPoint Observation Deck
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SkyPoint Observation Deck

4.5/5(604 reviews)

Enjoy a drink and take in far-reaching views across the Surfers Paradise shoreline toward the Gold Coast Hinterland at this towering beachside observation deck.

Ripley's Believe It or Not
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Ripley's Believe It or Not

4/5(64 reviews)

Explore unusual objects such as shrunken heads, a rock from Mars and the world’s smallest car at this unique Odditorium.

Sea World
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Sea World

4.5/5(1,225 reviews)

Who doesn’t dream of staying overnight in a water park where you can see Jet Ski stunts, life-sized Nickelodeon stars, plus dolphins, sea lions and polar bears?

Dreamworld
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Dreamworld

4/5(582 reviews)

Australia’s biggest amusement park features exciting themed areas with everything from tigers and thrilling rides to vintage V8 super-cars and TV characters.

Warner Bros. Movie World
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Warner Bros. Movie World

4.5/5(1,242 reviews)

Watch stunt shows, get on superhero rides, enter the Ice Age 4D Experience and take a splash in the Wild West at Australia’s theme park version of Hollywood.

Top activities in Surfers Paradise

Aquaduck Gold Coast Sightseeing Tour and River Cruise
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Aquaduck Gold Coast Sightseeing Tour and River Cruise

AU$33
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Morning River Cruise with Coffee & Cake
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Morning River Cruise with Coffee & Cake

AU$23
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour
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Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour

AU$169
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch Buffet
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Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch Buffet

AU$65
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Infinity Attraction Admission
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Infinity Attraction Admission

AU$26
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson

AU$11
Per adult

Top hotels in Surfers Paradise

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$169 per night

This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation ...

3.7/5Good! (957 reviews)

"I just like the fact that the service is great, always checking in to make sure your experience is great and your having a great stay. Would definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2020

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$209 per night

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue and Timezone. Ripley's Believe ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,000 reviews)

"The room was bigger than expected. Very clean and tidy. Great view from the 8th floor. Staff were lovely and very helpful, especially Vai at the tourist desk."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2020

Q1 Resort & Spa
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
2807 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$126 per night

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and The Star Gold Coast. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"all Good, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2020

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$124 per night

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps from Cavill Avenue and Timezone. SkyPoint Observation Deck and Surfers Paradise Beach are ...

4/5Very Good! (1,117 reviews)

"Nice stay but the lifts took more than 10-15 mins to catch, the line ups to get a lift were extreme."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul. 2020

Novotel Surfers Paradise
QT Gold Coast
QT Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Cnr Gold Coast Highway And Staghorn Ave, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps from King Tutts Putt Putt and Slingshot. Surfers Paradise Beach and Chevron Renaissance ...

4.2/5Excellent! (978 reviews)

"A pretty cool hotel with nice vibes. The staff are really friendly and super hardworking."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2020

QT Gold Coast
Mantra Circle on Cavill
Mantra Circle on Cavill
4.5 out of 5
9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$190 per night

This family-friendly Surfers Paradise aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue, Chevron Renaissance and Infinity Attraction. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,465 reviews)

"Perfect location on the Gold Coast and fabulous value for money"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020

Mantra Circle on Cavill

Other areas in Gold Coast

Southport which includes a sandy beach, tropical scenes and swimming

Main Beach

Main Beach is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Sea World and Marina Mirage Shopping Centre, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Gold Coast.

Main Beach
Broadbeach featuring skyline, a sandy beach and a high-rise building

Broadbeach

The stunning beaches, first-class casinos and popular shops are notable features of Broadbeach. Make a stop by The Star Gold Coast or The Oasis while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Broadbeach South Light Rail Station to get around town.

Broadbeach
Southport showing general coastal views and a beach

Southport

Beaches, spas and theme parks are some highlights of Southport. Make a stop by Broadwater Parklands or Australia Fair Shopping Centre while you're exploring.

Southport
Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Putt Putt Golf Mermaid Beach and Nobby Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Gold Coast.

Mermaid Beach
Burleigh Heads showing general coastal views, a coastal town and a day spa

Burleigh Heads

A noteworthy feature of Burleigh Heads is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Burleigh Beach and Burleigh Head National Park.

Burleigh Heads
Dreamworld which includes rides

Coomera

Unique features of Coomera include the theme parks and restaurants. Make a stop by Dreamworld or WhiteWater World while you're exploring the area.

Coomera