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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Southern Cross 4WD Tours Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a range of Gold Coast Tours to experience the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and surrounds. Travelling in their Luxury Mercedes four wheel drive vehicles and visiting exclusive country venues.

Australian Kayaking Adventures

Multiple Locations
Australian Kayaking Adventures has been operating kayaking and snorkelling adventures on the beautiful Gold Coast for over 15 years. They are also the only kayaking company located on the Nerang River in Surfers Paradise.

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy convenience shopping with a blend of boutique shopping, exciting restaurants, relaxation and entertainment, in the heart of Surfers Paradise. For customer's convenience, Yifan Asian Emporium and Coles Supermarket are both located within the Chevron Renaissance, with Coles Supermarket trading from Monday to Friday 6am to 10pm, Saturday 7am to 10pm, and on Sunday from 7am to 9pm.

Cheyne Horan School of Surf Australia's Number 1 Surf School

Multiple Locations
Come along for a Surfing Lesson at World Champion Cheyne Horan School of Surf. Australia's Number One Surf School. Guaranteed to stand and surf in your first lesson and more. You will have a lesson at World Champion Cheyne Horan Surf School Surfers Paradise.

Whales in Paradise - SW CruisesCo Pty Ltd

Multiple Locations
Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.

Jetboat Extreme - Gold Coast Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
Jetboat Extreme is the Gold Coast's number one Jet boating experience and will give you that adrenaline rush you'll never forget. It's the most fun,exciting adventure thrill jet boat ride on the Gold Coast.

Padlock'd Escape Rooms

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 40
A 60-minute real life escape game like you've never before seen located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. You enter the game zone, the clock starts counting down, it's now up to you and your brain to work out how to unlock locks, solve mysteries and find the answers before it's too late.

Go Ride A Wave - Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Go Ride A Wave is Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation. Enjoy a 2 hour surf lesson for beginners every day at several locations along the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Kirra near Coolangatta.

Hurricane's Grill & Bar Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Hurricane's Grill & Bar Surfers Paradise is famous for their flame grilled steaks and ribs. With an emphasis on fresh premium quality produce, their menu features Australian grain and grass fed beef, pork, lamb, chicken and seafood.

King Tutts Putt Putt

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 15
King Tutt's Putt Putt is the ultimate mini-golf challenge located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. There is one outdoor and two fully themed indoor courses, perfect for any weather condition on the day or night.
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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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