Surfers ParadiseAustralia

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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.

Top hotels in Surfers Paradise

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
AU$136
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

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! (1,565 reviews)

"Perfect location clean and comfortable staff were amazing. Buffet breakfast delicious"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb. 2020

Novotel Surfers Paradise
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
2807 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Free Cancellation
AU$129
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,399 reviews)

"Crowne went above and beyond to make our anniversary stay special by welcoming us with complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries, a note from the general manager and a bottle of champagne."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2020

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
voco Gold Coast - An IHG Hotel
voco Gold Coast - An IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
31 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
AU$130
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,437 reviews)

"The property was located central to all the attractions of Surfers Paradise. Check in process was easy and quick with parking at the same property. Rooms were clean. Only downside, we were offered no extra as an Expedia VIP member."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2020

voco Gold Coast - An IHG Hotel

Popular activities in Surfers Paradise

Cavill Avenue
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Cavill Avenue

4/5(2,751 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(597 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(63 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(1,207 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?

Warner Bros. Movie World
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Warner Bros. Movie World

4.5/5(1,230 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.

Dreamworld
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Dreamworld

4/5(573 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.

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

92% of travellers recommend
AU$33
Per adult
Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour
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Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$129
Per adult
Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch Buffet
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Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch Buffet

92% of travellers recommend
AU$65
Per adult
Catch a Crab Tour
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Catch a Crab Tour

AU$75
Per adult
Small Group Mt Tamborine & Lamington National Park Tour
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Small Group Mt Tamborine & Lamington National Park Tour

90% of travellers recommend
AU$148
Per adult
Skip the Line:Wax Museum Ticket-World in Wax & Guided Tour of Chamber of Horrors
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Skip the Line:Wax Museum Ticket-World in Wax & Guided Tour of Chamber of Horrors

AU$32
Per adult

Reviews of Surfers Paradise

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1954
5 - Excellent 46.30331753554503%
4 - Good
1838
4 - Good 43.55450236966825%
3 - Okay
383
3 - Okay 9.075829383886257%
2 - Disappointing
28
2 - Disappointing 0.6635071090047393%
1 - Terrible
17
1 - Terrible 0.4028436018957346%

4/5 - Good

Peace

Feb 29, 2020

Love the Friday night markets and sand sculptures that were on in Surfers. Love the walkable distance

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

Surfers is a tourist dream. Spoilt for choice in both activities and food. Loved my time there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

Too many drunk people after dark.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

Such a clean and friendly city! With the highlight being the beautiful beaches, promoting safety with many lifeguards and safe swimming areas! Many councils could take a lead Looking forward to planning another trip soon, thank you surfers paradise!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 25, 2020

The location is becoming dirty and unpleasant. Homeless on the streets. Rubbish and overall just a mess.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 25, 2020

The location is going down hill again, homeless peole

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