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Surfers ParadiseAustralia

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.

Top hotels in Surfers Paradise

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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$220 per night

This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation ...

3.7/5Good! (985 reviews)

"Great location, amazing breakfast, nice tidy room, great room service."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Oaks Gold Coast Hotel
Oaks Gold Coast Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2801 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$112 per night

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (63 reviews)

"Awsome place to stay staff friendly great location close to all the site"…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr. 2020

Oaks Gold Coast 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$152 per night

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps from King Tutts Putt Putt and Slingshot. Surfers Paradise Beach and Chevron Renaissance ...

4.2/5Excellent! (979 reviews)

"I’ve stayed at Qt hotels before. Just love the uniqueness of this chain. Such an excellent hotel."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

QT Gold Coast

Popular places to visit in Surfers Paradise

Cavill Avenue
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Cavill Avenue

4/5(2,814 reviews)

Bustling nightlife, great shopping and a legendary surfing beach make this avenue the exciting centre of Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.

SkyPoint Observation Deck
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SkyPoint Observation Deck

4.5/5(604 reviews)

Enjoy a drink and take in far-reaching views across the Surfers Paradise shoreline toward the Gold Coast Hinterland at this towering beachside observation deck.

Ripley's Believe It or Not
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Ripley's Believe It or Not

4/5(64 reviews)

Lovers of the odd, the weird and the frankly bizarre will find plenty to keep them amazed and amused in this world-famous museum.

Sea World
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Sea World

4.5/5(1,225 reviews)

A stay at this resort combines all the comforts of home with a chance to glimpse the strange and fascinating undersea world of the Pacific Ocean.

Warner Bros. Movie World
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Warner Bros. Movie World

4.5/5(1,242 reviews)

Everyone loves to watch movies, and the Gold Coast’s famous movie-themed park is a great opportunity to get up close to the action as well!

Dreamworld
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Dreamworld

4/5(582 reviews)

From thrill rides to sheep-shearing, fierce tigers to cuddly koalas, this giant amusement park has something for all the family.

Top activities in Surfers Paradise

Aquaduck Gold Coast Sightseeing Tour and River Cruise
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Aquaduck Gold Coast Sightseeing Tour and River Cruise

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$36
Per adult
3 Day Ticket Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint
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3 Day Ticket Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint

74% of travellers recommend
NZ$118
Per adult
SkyPoint Observation Deck & Dine
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SkyPoint Observation Deck & Dine

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$42
Per adult
The Ultimate Gold Coast Pass
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The Ultimate Gold Coast Pass

NZ$140
Per adult
Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne Breakfast
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Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne Breakfast

76% of travellers recommend
NZ$349
Per adult
Highlight Tour of Gold Coast Breweries with Tastings
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Highlight Tour of Gold Coast Breweries with Tastings

NZ$150
Per adult

Reviews of Surfers Paradise

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2007
5 - Excellent 46.32963988919668%
4 - Good
1883
4 - Good 43.46722068328717%
3 - Okay
396
3 - Okay 9.141274238227147%
2 - Disappointing
29
2 - Disappointing 0.6694367497691598%
1 - Terrible
17
1 - Terrible 0.39242843951985223%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 May 2020

Great place to soak up the warm weather & definitely check out the local resturants & watering holes, they have some cracker food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 May 2020

Surfers paradise is great, just do yourself the favour and don't stay at this hotel

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Apr. 2020

I live locally so Surfers Paradise doesnt excite me much anymore, except for the special events - Seafire is AWESOME. 18-24yr olds will love the night life. Families of all ages will enjoy hotels, daytime shopping, dining, experiences & beach

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Apr. 2020

Great place. So much so I live here now.

5/5 - Excellent

Jess

21 Mar. 2020

It’s our holiday destination every year, we love it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Lets see what happens after Corona, I think a lot more shops and restaurants will close

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