Your Guide to Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is the main hub of activity on the Gold Coast. It’s front and centre in all the campaigns, so it’s Surfers Paradise beaches, restaurants and attractions you’ve likely seen advertised. And for good reason. It’s damn beautiful.

From the thundering sapphire waves crashing down onto golden sand beaches to the most incredible array of attractions to every kind of dining your heart desires this destination knows how to please.
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This is where you’ll find meter maids in gold bikinis, Q1 (tallest building in the southern hemisphere), and the famous beaches.

A holiday to this Gold Coast hot spot means there is always something to do from hanging out and playing beach cricket, to checking out the local attractions, to dropping by the latest event that’s hitting Cavil Mall, to relaxing poolside at your resort, boredom is a thing of the past in Surfers Paradise.

It’s also smack bam in the middle of the Gold Coast, making it the perfect base to explore north to the theme parks and south towards the hinterland.

By Air – You can fly to the Gold Coast airport and get a short 30 minute transfer (or Uber) to Surfers Paradise. Alternatively you can also fly into Brisbane Airport and get an hour transfer to your hotel.

By Rail – You can jump on a train to several stops including Helensvale Train Station in the North and jump on a tram to take you directly into Surfers Paradise. Coming from the south you can catch a train into Varsity Lakes and jump on a connecting bus.

By Road – The Gold Coast is an easy one hour drive south from Brisbane straight down the pacific motorway or 1 hour north of Byron Bay.
  1. Hang Out at Surfers Paradise Beach 
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  2. Visit at least ONE Local Attraction 
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  3. Take in the Views from SkyPoint Observation Deck (atop Q1) 
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  4. Enjoy a Cruise (we love the Aqua Duck for novelty value) 
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  5. Stroll Through the Beachfront Markets
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Best Breakfasts
Pancakes in Paradise 
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Paradox Coffee Roasters
Bumbles Café
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If you’re looking for our favourite Breakfast restaurants check out this blog for more details.
Best Lunches & Dinners
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Tribeca NYC
Social House 
Read our blog on Our 5 Favourite Family Restaurants for more details!
Best 5 Star Dining
Seascape Restaurant and Bar
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Misono Japanese Steakhouse 
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Infinity Maze
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Aqua Duck Tours
Gold Coast Watersports
Ten Pin Bowling at either Strike or Surfers Paradise Tenpin
Mini Golf at Holey Moley or King Tutt’s Putt Putt
The Wax Museum
River Cruise
Slingshot & Vomatron Amusement Rides
Ice Skating at Planet Chill
Jet Boat Extreme Rides
iFly Indoor Sky Diving
Crazy Cat Café
7D Cinema
Surfers Paradise accommodation is plentiful, but can be overwhelming!  Call us on 1300 788 553 for a personalised holiday recommendation and for our specials!

Family Favourites
Mantra Crown Towers 
This resort is a family favourite with an incredible lagoon style pool complete with pirate ship, waterslide and white sandy beaches. The rooms are spacious and the resort is in a great location 2 minutes to the beach and heart of Surfers Paradise. 

Couples Will Love
Oaks Gold Coast Hotel 
The panoramic views and spacious apartments will help set the scene for the perfect romantic escape. You'll also enjoy a central location close to The Star casino, famous beaches, Pacific Fair shopping centre, Cavill avenue and more to keep you loved one entertained. 

Perfect All Rounder 
voco Gold Coast 

This resort is centrally located in the heart of Surfers Paradise just a stone's throw from the beach, attractions, and cavill mall's shopping, dining, and nightlife! The resort features two pools, spa, fully equipped gym, day spa and more! 

Hinterland Escapes 
O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat 
Okay, this isn't Surfers Paradise, but it's a great place to visit while on the Gold Coast, either as a post or pre holiday addition!

Both families and couples alike will love a Gold Coast hinterland escape. As well as hundreds of kilometres of pristine rainforest filled with wildlife, waterfalls and swimming holes to explore, the resort has a pool, day spa, restaurant cafe, and multitude of activities (including a school holiday program) to choose between. We highly recommend zip lining and the glow worm cave tour! 

If you are looking for an iconic Gold Coast holiday with plenty of things to do and see, beaches to enjoy, restaurants to dine at, and several accommodation options to choose between – Surfers is the place for you! Call us now on 1300 788 553 to book your Surfers Paradise getaway!

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