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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 favorite 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
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 £60 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. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (57 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2020

Oaks Gold Coast Hotel
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 £121 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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,921 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

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 £72 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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,581 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(31 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(20 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

3/5(1 review)

Explore unusual objects, such as shrunken heads and a giant transformer made of car parts. Race around lasers and try to balance in twin spinning tunnels.

Arts Centre Gold Coast
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Arts Centre Gold Coast

You can spend time exploring the galleries in Arts Centre Gold Coast during your trip to Surfers Paradise. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

SkyPoint Climb
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SkyPoint Climb

Take the family on an outing to SkyPoint Climb during your trip to Surfers Paradise. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Sea World
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Sea World

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Who doesn’t dream of staying overnight in a water park where you can see Jet Ski stunts, life-sized Nickelodeon stars, plus dolphins, sea lions and polar bears?

Top things to do in Surfers Paradise

Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour
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Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£90
Per adult
Morning Tea River Cruise
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Morning Tea River Cruise

90% of travellers recommend
£13
Per adult
Australia Zoo Day Trip from the Gold Coast by Gray Line
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Australia Zoo Day Trip from the Gold Coast by Gray Line

72% of travellers recommend
£80
Per adult
Morning River Cruise with Coffee & Cake
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Morning River Cruise with Coffee & Cake

88% of travellers recommend
£15
Per adult
SkyPoint Observation Deck Tickets
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SkyPoint Observation Deck Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
£15
Per adult
3 Day Ticket Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint
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3 Day Ticket Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint

74% of travellers recommend
£59
Per adult

Reviews of Surfers Paradise

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Feb 2020

Beautiful beach,nice and clean,good shopping area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Dec 2019

Fantastic destination for a holiday. It is a proper beach resort which I didn’t expect. We were sad to leave as we really enjoyed it

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Dec 2019

Good choice of Resturant’s all in walking distance

5/5 - Excellent

Ernie

22 Oct 2019

Easy access to other resorts

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

One of my favourite places in australia

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Oct 2019

Wed fri sat markets nice touch along prom

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