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Surfers Paradise Beach

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Surfers Paradise Beach showing skyline, a beach and general coastal views

If you like to spice up your sunbathing with a spot of surfing and a LOT of shopping, then Surfers Paradise will really live up to its name!

The enterprising hotelier Jim Cavill, who built the first hotel on the coastal settlement of Elston in 1925, would barely recognise the place now, but his foresight in lobbying for the town to change its name to the more publicity-friendly Surfers Paradise has really paid dividends. Today this popular resort between Broadbeach and Main Beach is one of the hotspots of the Gold Coast, with a wide range of accommodation, great shopping and plenty of nightlife to keep the crowds coming back for more.

Its man-made charms aside, the beach is still the jewel in Surfers Paradise’s crown. This long stretch of fine golden sand is enhanced on one side by a scenic esplanade which is popular with walkers and joggers, and on the other by some of the best rollers in the Pacific. Not surprisingly, there are plenty of surfing schools catering for all comers, from absolute beginners to confident surfers looking to pick up tips from the pros. You can also book jet boat or parasail rides or take a sunset kayaking tour to Chevron Island, sneaking a quick peek at some of the lavish private estates tucked away on its inlets as you paddle past.

For one of the best views in the area, take the Q1 Residential Skyscraper lift to the SkyPoint observation deck, where you can sip a cocktail and dine with the lights of the coastal strip snaking into the distance and the sparkling Coral Sea spread at your feet 230 metres below. If that’s not quite high enough, book a climb to the very top of Q1, another 40 metres above the observation deck. If you’re lucky, you might spot the tell-tale spray of a humpback whale on the horizon. Whale-watching tours leave from Surfers Paradise from May to October when the migration season brings these graceful leviathans closer to the shore.

Shopping is another big draw to Surfers Paradise, and all the big names are to be found in Cavill Avenue and Cavill Mall, along with other indoor attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. On Wednesday and Friday nights, the esplanade springs to life as the setting for open-air markets selling local arts and crafts, fashions, jewellery and food. This lively resort hosts a year-round programme of surfing competitions, festivals and other entertainment, so there’s never a dull moment!

2671 Cheap Hotels Near Surfers Paradise Beach

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$189 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
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! (961 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
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 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
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! (3,189 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
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Casino Drive, Broadbeach Island Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is NZ$200 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Located in Broadbeach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Surfers Paradise Beach. Cavill Avenue and Timezone are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,206 reviews)
"The stars a great mid week stay, All the staff are lovely and the beds are just as comfy as you’d expect. Great location too!"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
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.

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Top Surfers Paradise Beach Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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.
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 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Q1 Resort & Spa
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Casino Drive, Broadbeach Island Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is NZ$200 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$189 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$180 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Mantra Legends Hotel
Mantra Legends Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd. & Laycock St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$150 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Mantra Legends Hotel
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$178 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
QT Gold Coast
Mantra on View Hotel
Mantra on View Hotel
4.5 out of 5
22 View Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$144 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Mantra on View Hotel
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
5 out of 5
8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$384 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
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.