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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.
Accommodation in Surfers Paradise
Pre-booking a clean and welcoming place to sleep is a crucial ingredient of any family vacation or business trip. Expedia's booking website lists the most sought-after Surfers Paradise hotels.
The Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, 8 The Esplanade, and the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, at 158 Ferny Avenue, are fine examples of upmarket hotels in Surfers Paradise. The Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences and the Q1 Resort & Spa are another two more luxurious offerings that you may find worth considering.
This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach, and Cavill Avenue. Timezone and Centro Surfers Paradise are also within 10 minutes.
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. Timezone and Centro Surfers Paradise are also within 10 minutes.
Mantra on View Hotel is located a block from the beachfront Esplanade, one of Surfers Paradise's entertainment hotspots. A daily shuttle connects guests to Warner Bros. Movie World, SeaWorld, and Dreamworld within a half-hour. Jupiters Casino is a 15-minute drive south.
Located in Surfers Paradise, this beachfront apartment is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Infinity Gold Coast, Cavill Avenue, and Surfers Paradise Beach. Sea World is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wax Museum and Cavill Avenue. Sea World and Surfers Paradise Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cascade Gardens, Surfers Paradise Beach, and Cavill Avenue. SkyPoint Observation Deck and Kurrawa Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated on the Strip, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach, and Cavill Avenue. Ripley's Believe It or Not and Timezone are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Adrenalin Park and Cavill Avenue. Sea World and Surfers Paradise Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).