The name Surfer’s Paradise says it all. With sun-drenched beaches and world-class waves, this Gold Coast resort is a mecca for holidaymakers. High rise apartments and condos line the beach, which gives Surfer’s Paradise a glitzy, upmarket vibe. Top up your tan at Surfers Paradise Beach, or head to Cavill Avenue to eat, shop and play. For most visitors, legendary theme parks like Dreamworld, SeaWorld and Wet 'n' Wild are a must.
Things to Do
Unsurprisingly, the beach is the biggest attraction in Surfer’s Paradise. Relax on the sand, or sign up for a surf or paddleboard lesson. If you’re feeling restless, pack up your towel and head to the Aquasplash inflatable water playground.
Surfer’s Paradise boasts some of the best shopping in the Gold Coast, with a string of multi-level malls to explore. For offbeat finds, check out the Beach Markets held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night.
Thanks to a thumping line-up of bars and nightclubs, Surfer’s Paradise is eternally popular with partygoers. When the sun goes down, hit the beach scene along Cavill Avenue. Keep things casual with laid-back pubs and beer gardens, or turn up the heat with a lively night at one of the sleek cocktail bars and dance clubs.
There’s plenty to keep little ones entertained, with attractions like Ripley's Believe It or Not!, the Wax Museum and King Tutts Putt Putt. For panoramic views of the Gold Coast, ride the elevator to Q1 Building’s SkyPoint Observation Deck.
The Gold Coast is powered by an efficient network of buses, trains and trams. Taxis run 24/7, while rental cars are a popular option for families and road trippers. If you’re heading to the theme parks, choose from public transport or private shuttles. Gold Coast International Airport is just 20 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise, with local buses running to and from the city.