COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise showing a sunset, a beach and a city

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.


Popular places to visit in Surfers Paradise

Top activities in Surfers Paradise


Top hotels in 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
The price is NZ$136 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue. Chevron Renaissance ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,317 reviews)
"Was told we would get free breakfast when booking but upon arrival found we were overcharged and did not get free breakfast. The staff were very friendly and helpful in fixing this though. The pool was lovely."

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2021

voco Gold Coast, an IHG Hotel
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$253 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue and Timezone. Ripley's Believe It or ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,191 reviews)
"The customer service from the reception was beyond the best customer service I have seen from a resort. The apartment we stayed in was perfect and clean with 180-degree views of the ocean and sunrise in the mornings."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Q1 Resort & Spa
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$189 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation Deck ...
3.7/5Good! (962 reviews)
"Really enjoyed a long weekend at the Hilton. Comfortable and clean room. Excellent customer service from check-in, to housekeeping, to spa staff. Parking was easy enough. The condition of the room needed a little bit of maintenance though, and oddly the paper consumables we’re not “5 star”. We have ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
QT Gold Coast
QT Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Cnr Gold Coast Highway And Staghorn Ave, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$151 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps away from King Tutts Putt Putt and Slingshot. Surfers Paradise Beach and Chevron Renaissance are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (968 reviews)
"Gorgeous Hotel with all the things you could possibly need or want and also close to all other essentials and shops within walking distance. Staff go above and beyond to accomodate to your needs and wants during your stay and all are very welcoming and friendly! I personally wouldn’t stay anywhere ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

QT Gold Coast
Rhapsody Resort
Rhapsody Resort
4 out of 5
3440 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$180 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Located in Surfers Paradise, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach and Slingshot. Cavill Avenue and Ripley's Believe It ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,113 reviews)
"All good !!we had spent good time!!"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2021

Rhapsody Resort
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$325 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Budds Beach, Surfers Paradise Beach and Slingshot. Chevron Renaissance ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"Great family stay."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Other neighbourhoods around Surfers Paradise



Surfers Paradise

Choose two or more items and save on your trip: