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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Flaming Cheese Wheel and Wine Experience

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39 - 39
16 October 2019
Experience the Salt Meats Cheese infamous flaming cheese wheel experience. Every Wednesday night they offer their risotto cheese wheel demonstration made with three amazing flavours of your choice including smoked cheese, truffle pecorino or gorgonzola.

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 40
Weekly from 16 October 2019
Every Wednesday night, The Avenue welcomes local and international comedians to the stage for a hilarious night of entertainment. With an electric atmosphere, talented guests and a delicious menu, makes Wednesday night at The Avenue your new weekly ritual.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 16 October 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets presented by Experience OZ, has been providing a unique shopping and cultural experience since 1995. Located at the end of Cavill Mall on the Esplanade, The Beachfront Markets operates all year-round - each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening.

Dragalicious at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 50
Weekly from 17 October 2019
Drag Queens take over The Avenue for an electric night of glam and glitter! Step into the glamorous world of Drag right here in Surfers Paradise with Dragalicious. Starring the "Three Legged Beauty", Natasha St James, "Scarlett Fever" and "Selma Soul"who will be serving up a blend of cheeky risque comedy numbers, captivating costumes and high energy performances that will illuminate and delight their audiences.

Paul McDermott and Gatesy Go Solo

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$49 - 59
18 October 2019
Songs of beauty, songs of heartbreak, freshly-minted comedy concoctions, old squabbles and spontaneous nonsense. Two of Australia’s most adored singer-songwriters lock harmonies and minds in one unmissable show.

Stories in the Key of GC

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 15
18 October 2019
Welcome to Gold Coast’s own storytelling night. Local wordsmiths will weave their tales in amongst a soundscape of live sound designed by Cold Ghost, the moniker for Gold Coast musician Fletch Babb. A jazz-trained flautist and an Honours graduate from the Griffith University Popular Music program, Fletch released three independent alt-folk albums in WA before relocating and releasing Bachelor Tapes as Cold Ghost on the Gold Coast – a mix of alt-folk, rock and psychedelia, peppered with sonic surprises.

Shop The Runway – Designer Fashion Show & Lunch

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$75 - 75
18 October 2019
There are a few occasions in a modern girl’s life where finding the right dress is paramount. And one of them is the Spring Racing Carnival. ​Whether you’re an avid raceday goer​ or just a fan of the social occasion, planning 'your' raceday look is the first point of call when the first buds of spring start to bloom.

Nitin Sawhney: Beyond Skin Revisited

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$61 - 85
19 October 2019
Multi-award-winning musician and composer Nitin Sawhney comes to HOTA to mark 20 years since his seminal album, Beyond Skin. Sawhney has had a rich and varied career since the album’s 1999 release, working across music, film, television, theatre and dance as a producer and composer, and was the recipient of the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award in 2017.

Gold Coast Open House 2019

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
19 October 2019
On Saturday 19 October, the fifth annual Gold Coast Open House opens the doors of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind the scenes look at places they may have only glimpsed from the street.

Grazy Days Lunch

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$40 - 70
Weekly from 19 – 20 October 2019
Make the most of the Gold Coast’s famously good weather and head to the Island Rooftop for the all new Grazy Days Lunch with a 'Bottomless Drinks' option, now available every Saturday and Sunday. Three Course Grazing-Style Lunch AUD40 per person.
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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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