Surfers Paradise

One of the most internationally recognisable icons on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, has always been an entertainment playground with a social scene for the most social of socialites.

The Surfers Paradise you have always known is ever-evolving and this vibrant hub is now home to some of the best restaurants, bars and attractions on the Gold Coast. With a world-class beach and an incredible skyline of high-rises lining the coast, Surfers Paradise is guaranteed to surprise you, delight you and keep the good times rolling well into the night.

Cavill Avenue

Cavill Avenue forms the cultural heart of Surfers Paradise and is the pedestrian mall running from the famous and very photogenic Surfers Paradise sign on the Esplanade to the banks of the Nerang River.

Make the most of the retail therapy on offer at Circle on Cavill, and prepare your tastebuds and walking shoes as you’ll have restaurants, bars, attractions like a 7D Cinema and the popular Ripley’s Believe it or Not to tick off!


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Q1 Resort and Spa

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$129 - 2400
Holiday in Australia's tallest residential tower Q1 Resort and Spa. The inspirational Q1 Resort and Spa features an array of luxury one, two, three, four bedroom and penthouse apartments capturing breathtaking ocean and hinterland views, world-class recreational facilities, dining and entertainment venues, retail precinct and at its peak Australia's only beachside observation deck situated on Level 77.

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$160 - 366
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is centrally located between Surfers Paradise and the adjoining trendy suburb of Broadbeach. Award winning dining, the beach, major shopping centres, The Star and Gold Coast Convention Centre are within walking distance from the hotel.

Breakers North - Absolute Beach Front Holiday Apartments

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$115 - 230
Breakers North - Absolute Beach Front Holiday Apartments offers one, two and three bedroom fully self-contained apartments right on the beach with no roads to cross. The 15 storey building is surrounded by tropical gardens right on the Surfers Paradise beach front.

Malibu Shores Broadbeach - Vogue Holiday Homes

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$340 - 790
Discover the essence of Gold Coast living as you relax in this spacious five-bedroom tropical waterfront retreat. Centrally located with spectacular skyline views to Surfers Paradise, Malibu Shores is the perfect getaway for families, executives or groups of friends.

Mantra Circle On Cavill

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$262 - 1034
Mantra Circle on Cavill is located in a popular retail precinct in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just off Cavill Avenue. Staying here, you are in the perfect location to explore this thriving area of the Gold Coast.

ULTIQA Freshwater Point Resort

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$130 - 435
Located on the banks of Broadbeach's pristine waterways, ULTIQA Freshwater Point Resort is the perfect destination for families or corporates who want to stay close to the beach, but in a quieter location.

BreakFree Peninsula

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$165 - 355
BreakFree Peninsula wish to advise the painting of the building from Monday 11 June to Monday 31 December. Please note the outdoor pools will be closed until Monday 3 September, the indoor pool and spa will remain open for the duration of the project.

Mantra Wings Resort

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$174 - 585
Within walking distance of the beach and close to the centre of Surfers Paradise, Mantra Wings offers contemporary accommodation in a great Gold Coast location. It is part of Gold Coast’s history, being built on the site of the iconic Pink Poodle Motel, a local landmark for more than 40 years.

BreakFree Acapulco

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$159 - 314
Relax with views over the beautiful beaches of Surfers Paradise at Gold Coast resort, BreakFree Acapulco. Centrally located, it is just a short stroll from your accommodation to the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Mari Court Resort

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99 - 395
Mari Court Resort is ideally located just 250 metres from the famous Surfers Paradise golden sands beach and only two minutes by tram to The Convention Centre, Jupiters Casino, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and all the great restaurants in Broad Beach.
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Things to do in Surfers Paradise

With something new to uncover with every step through Surfers Paradise, keep some room in your itinerary for spontaneous experiences. 

Surfers Paradise activities

There‘s no shortage of activities to keep both kids and adults busy with mini golf courses, an indoor skydiving centre, ice skating, bowling arcades, haunted houses, a wax museum, amusement rides and gaming arcades, just to name a few.

Or, make the most of the stunning surroundings and get outdoors with Jetboat Extreme Adventures, boat rides, adventure tours, river cruises or flop and drop on the golden sand and lap up the salty waves of Surfers Paradise Beach.

Want to get out into the water and test your skill (and luck) surfing in paradise? Book a surf lesson or two and admire the Gold Coast skyline as you ride your wave into the beach.

For unrivalled 360 views of the Gold Coast from 270 metres above ground, head to the iconic Q1 Resort building for a SkyPoint Climb. You can also check out the SkyPoint Observation Deck for sweeping views of the beaches and into the hinterland

Surfers Paradise restaurants

You will want to eat out for every meal when you discover the dining options on offer at Surfers Paradise. You’ll be served up a smorgasbord of tastes, flavours and cuisines from the freshest seafood platters hot off the trawlers to bountiful buffets and award-winning restaurants buzzing with activity.

QT Gold Coast will get your taste buds tingling with a funky Japanese restaurant called Yamagen or the buffest of buffets, Baazar. For a fun, laid back option for the family not too far from Cavill Avenue rock on at Hard Rock Café. Seaduction Restaurant & Bar at Peppers Soul combines fresh and local cuisine with uninterrupted beach views, or to kick start your day check out some of the best coffee shops near Surfers Paradise.

Surfers Paradise accommodation

Accommodation options in Surfers Paradise are as vast as the range of experiences on offer. If you’re looking for a little luxury, you can’t go past Q1 Resort and Spa or Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise for contemporary rooms and facilities with uninterrupted ocean views.

The Hilton Surfers Paradise and Crowns Plaza Surfers Paradise offer rooms and apartments in the heart of the city where you can guarantee excellent facilities and restaurants without leaving your hotel.

For somewhere a little quirky, where nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami catwalk cool (their words) try boutique hotel QT on the Gold Coast. The retro décor and fun but sophisticated styling puts a smile on your dial before you can say “I’m here to check in”.

You’ll have no problems finding family-friendly hotels and resorts in Surfers Paradise. The hoteliers understand the importance of an epic pool with even better waterslides. Check out Marriot Surfers Paradise, Mantra Crown Towers, or Mantra Sun City for pools that will make for brag-worthy stories in the school yard.

If you’ve come to Surfers Paradise with just yourself and a backpack, you’re in the perfect place for cheap hostels, happening vibes and spectacular scenery.  There’s a range of backpacker accommodation options and we will also throw in a list of 20 almost free activities on the Gold Coast to stretch your penny even further.

How to get there

The Gold Coast Airport is located just 30 minutes south of Surfers Paradise with multiple airline carriers arriving and departing daily from the airport. If you choose to fly, route 761 and 777 buses depart from the Gold Coast Airport and take about 45 minutes to arrive at Surfers Paradise. Alternatively, there are numerous shuttles, car transfers or car hire options if you prefer to arrange transportation prior to your arrival.

Surfers Paradise is just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. Airtrain services leave from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast every 15 minutes during peak hours and 30 minutes during the off peak. This will take you from the airport to Helensvale Station where you can switch to the G:Link tram to take you into Surfers Paradise. You can also opt for a shuttle transfer or hire a car from Brisbane Airport.


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