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Surfers Paradise with great restaurants, entertainment, great shopping and a very active night life
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Surfers Paradise Queensland Gold Coast

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On the Gold Coast of Queensland is Surfers Paradise, a teeming centre of hotels, motels, luxury resorts and a casino along a long arc of golden sand.

Combined with the active night life, restaurants, entertainment, sun, beaches and surf it attracts over 3 million visitors every year.

Top things to do in Surfers Paradise, QLD:

  • SkyPoint Observation Deck: This 230m-high observation deck offers sweeping Gold Coast views, plus nightlife on weekends. It’s located on the 77th floor of the Q1 building, which is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. They offer a Skypoint Climb as well for those more adventurous.
  • Gold Coast River Cruise
  • Full day Springbrook National Park Tour
  • Lamington National Park with the O’Reilly’s and Vineyard Tour
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise: This museum is home to a collection of kitschy oddities, including shrunken human heads and rare animal skeletons. Fun place to visit for a an educational experience.
  • Infinity Attraction: This funhouse attraction features illusion-based special effects and music. A great place to visit for a unique and exciting experience.
  • Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets: This casual, open-air night market features many stalls, local artisans, and live music performances. It’s a great place to visit for a fun and festive evening.
  • Gold Coast Wax Museum: This museum features realistic, clothed sculptures of famous people from history and film, plus fictional characters.

Surfers Paradise is also a great place to enjoy the beach, go shopping, and dine out. There are many restaurants and cafes to choose from, offering a variety of cuisines.


Every year, usually in October, Surfers Paradise hosts the Indy car races. Catch the Indy 300 fever as the ultra fast international Indy Cars and Australia’s own brutish V8 Supercars race through the streets of Surfers.

It also hosts the the Gold Coast Triathlon, Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in March and April and the Wintersun Festival in June. If your lucky enough to be there at the right time, they have special New Year’s Eve celebrations with plenty of fireworks.

There are plenty of choices for things to do, especially watersports. Ride a jetski, try surfing lessons, swimming, snorkeling windsurfing, sailing and of course fishing. There are deep sea charters available and there are islands to explore by boat or 4WD.

Family Fun

For the whole family, Surfers has Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, and Wet’n’Wild Water World to mention a few. See more about the Gold Coast Theme Parks.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast is a must see. From the Brush Tailed Phascogale, the Hairy Nosed Wombat, Koalas and Kangaroos, to the Wedge-tailed Eagle. They’re all there.

Tour Ideas

Tours available include Fraser Island with a 4WD, Cabaret Dinner Cruises, Tall Ship cruises, Mt. Tamborine, or package deals covering the main theme parks. There are wine tours in the green hinterlands.

Gold Coast Accommodation

Since Surfers is so popular, it is recommended to book ahead, especially during holiday periods and school holidays. There are major resorts, luxury hotels as well as many budget hotels and motels. A number of caravan parks are available for those exploring on their own.

Restaurants in Surfers

There are plenty of eateries and restaurants dotting the city to accommodate even the most discerning palate. Seafood and the major international cuisines all have their dining restaurants, with plenty of other types of eateries, including cafes and alfresco.

More about Gold Coast Restaurants.

Gold Coast Tourist Guide

Surfers Weather

Surfers Paradise is noted for its year round weather. See Surfers Paradise Weather.

Further reading about the Gold Coast Queensland:

Places to Visit on the Gold Coast



Work, Jobs in Australia

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