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