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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free
On the sandy coast of Queensland -- known as Australia’s Gold Coast -- you’ll find a suburb appropriately named Surfers Paradise. In a country where surfing is somewhat of a religion, the beaches of Gold Coast offer some of the best breaks and hollow waves  in the country.

Thanks in large part to the sun-kissed beaches, the Gold Coast has earned a spot as one of Australia’s top tourist destinations, and nearly half the accommodation options in the region are found in Surfers Paradise. The 2-mile (3-kilometer) stretch of sand known as Surfers Paradise Beach tends to get lively with families, joggers, impromptu beach volleyball games and surfers of all skill levels. If you’re new to the sport, you’ll find a couple surf schools is town who will take you out and get you standing on the beginner-friendly shore breaks.

While sun, sand and surf are the main draws, the town itself offers a variety of other family oriented attractions, including the Gold Coast Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium, Dracula’s Haunted House and Racecentre, where you can get behind the wheel in the same racing simulators professional drivers use to train. Visitors can get an overview of the city with a visit to the SkyPoint Observation Deck on the 77th floor of the Q1 building, where you’ll be greeted by 360-degree views of the Gold Coast below you.

Second only to surfing in popularity in Surfers Paradise is shopping, and there’s plenty of it; you’ll find 14 shopping centers spread throughout the community. For a uniquely Gold Coast shopping experience, head down to the beach on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday night to browse the 120 some stalls of the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market. You’ll find a little bit of everything here, including jewelry, fine art, housewares and souvenirs, and you can browse to the sounds of live music.

Practical Info

Surfer's Paradise is about an hour's drive south of Brisbane. If you don't have your own wheels, you can catch a Greyhound bus.

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Gold Coast SkyPoint Observation Deck Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Admire dramatic views of the Gold Coast from SkyPoint – Australia’s only beachside observation deck! Located on the 77th floor of the country’s highest resort ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.27

Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Experience the best that Surfers Paradise has to offer on this day trip from Brisbane. Cruise the canals and see the homes of the Gold Coast's rich and famous. ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $92.15

Gold Coast Sailing Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch

Sail the calm waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater on a luxury sailboat with an expert crew. Take in sights such as the Southport Yacht Club, Marina Mirage, ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.80

Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Springbrook National Park Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Explore the diversity of the Gold Coast on a day trip that includes the sights of Surfers Paradise, a cruise along the canals to see the luxury waterfront ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.52

Small-Group Gold Coast Beaches and Mt Tambourine Wine Tour

Enjoy the best of both the Gold Coast beaches and mountains. This small-group tour gives you the experience of enjoying beautiful beaches in the morning, lunch ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.30

Island Swim and Snorkel Cruise from the Gold Coast

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Cruise the scenic waters of the Gold Coast and enjoy a relaxing half day of snorkeling, swimming and watching for dolphins. You’ll set sail from Surfers ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.80

Gold Coast Ghost Walking Tour

Take your pick from two evening ghost tours on Australia's Gold Coast. Discover the spooky side to Surfers Paradise on a ghoulish tour of the city streets, or ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.72

Surfers Paradise Sunset Kayak Tour

Start the evening with a sunset kayak on the calm waters of the Nerang River in Surfers Paradise. Wind your way around the islands and admire the opulent ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.68

Gold Coast Evening Cruise

Watch Surfers Paradise sparkle at sunset on a Gold Coast cocktail cruise. Receive a welcome cocktail as you step on board your luxury sightseeing vessel, and ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.37

Gold Coast Lunch Cruise

Dine on the water on a lunchtime boat tour from Surfers Paradise. Cruise along the Nerang River to Broadwater, past the Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace, and ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.15

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