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How to Spend 1 Day in Surfers Paradise

How to Spend 1 Day in Surfers Paradise

Surrounded by the turquoise Pacific Ocean and the canals of the Nerang River, Surfers Paradise is one of Queensland’s most popular destinations, known for its white-sand beach, skyscrapers, and lively restaurant and bar scene. Here are our favorite ways to spend 24 hours in paradise.

 

Morning: See the sights

Get oriented with a trip to the top of the Q1 building. On the observation deck, sit down to breakfast at the SkyPoint Bistro + Bar, and savor sweeping views of the ocean, endless shoreline, and neighboring high-rises. If you’re not into heights, stick to sea-level sightseeing—most city tours stop at attractions such as Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage. 

 

Afternoon: Hit the beach

The name says it all—Surfers Paradise Beach is indeed a surfing mecca, where water lovers of all levels ride the Pacific waves. A surfing lesson is a great way to get a taste of the local experience, but other activities are available too (e.g. kayaking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboarding). Alternatively, head out on a jet boat adventure or lunch cruise—or just chill out on the beach.

 

Night: Enjoy the nightlife

Surfers Paradise is no sleepy coastal hamlet—bars and clubs abound, drawing visitors from across the country and across the globe who go to party till they drop. If you’re not sure where to find the hot spots, a club tour or bar crawl is a fun option, and usually allows you to skip the entry lines. For travelers not into the spring-break-style vibe, the beach beckons for a sunset or stargazing stroll.

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World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge

World Heritage Springbrook National Park Tour Including Natural Bridge

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Journey into the hinterlands on this 5-hour afternoon tour of the Springbrook National Park from the Gold Coast. Explore the UNESCO-listed Goondawanna rainforests by coach, stopping to walk through the jungle, peek into ancient caves and enjoy views of Mount Warning from the Best of All Lookout.  Visit natural wonders like Purling Brook Falls, Numinbah valley and Rainbow Falls, and soak up the scenery from the Canyon Lookout. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people for a personalised experience, and includes hotel pick-up and afternoon tea.
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  • 5 hours
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Mt Tamborine National Park 4WD Nocturnal Rainforest and Glow Worm Tour

Mt Tamborine National Park 4WD Nocturnal Rainforest and Glow Worm Tour

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Experience the nighttime enchantment of Mt Tamborine National Park on this unique 4WD rain forest walk and glowworm tour. At the mountain summit, stop for a light supper of cakes and hot chocolate, and soak up views of the twinkling Gold Coast from a lookout. Then, observe nocturnal wildlife by torchlight with a guided bushwalk through the rain forest, where you’ll come across an ethereal waterfall illuminated by glowworms.
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  • 4 hours
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Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

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Start your day off right with a half-day kayak tour to South Stradbroke Island. Enjoy a great vantage point on the beaches and wildlife of the Gold Coast as you paddle at a leisurely pace, stopping to snorkel off Wavebreak Island, visit secluded beaches, and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the beach. Your expert guide shares informative commentary about the region's ecology and animals, and provides full instruction on kayaking and snorkeling — making this tour suitable for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour

Gold Coast Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain 4WD Ecotour

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Explore the World Heritage-listed rain forest of the Gold Coast hinterland on this full-day tour to Lamington National Park. Rumble along remote tracks in a 4WD vehicle, soak up spectacular views from the summit of Tamborine Mountain and explore the subtropical rain forest on a guided nature walk. At O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, get a closer look at native plants, birds and even koalas on an elevated treetop walk. A traditional Aussie barbecue lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off from Gold Coast complete this fantastic eco-adventure.
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  • 9 hours
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Half-Day Kayak, SUP and snorkel tour at Wave Break Island with Lunch

Half-Day Kayak, SUP and snorkel tour at Wave Break Island with Lunch

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Spend the morning swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking around South Stradbroke and Wave Break islands on this cruise from the Gold Coast. Paddle your way from through clear waters to South Stradbroke Island by kayak, then see colorful birds and wallabies on a bushwalk and go snorkeling. Continue to Wave Break Island, where you can enjoy a light lunch, go stand up paddleboarding, relax in the Chill-Out zone, and spot dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays along the coast.
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  • 5 hours
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Learn to Surf at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast

Learn to Surf at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast

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What better place to learn to surf than Surfers Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast? Master the basics, practice standing up on your board and catch your first wave with this beginner-friendly 2-hour surf class. With all equipment included and expert instructors to guide you, you’ll be hitting the waves in no time!
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Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast

Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast

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Take to the skies for an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the Gold Coast hinterland. Departing from your Gold Coast accommodation, soar over beautiful vineyards, pastures, and forests as the landscape is bathed in the golden morning light. Choose from two flight lengths, and cap off your thrilling morning with a savory sparkling wine breakfast and cellar door visit at O'Reilly's homestead and boutique vineyard.
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  • 4 hours
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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour

2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour

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Short on time? Sample the natural beauty of the Gold Coast on this outdoor tour. Hop on a sea kayak and paddle your way over to Wave Break Island to swim and snorkel amid tropical fish and colorful coral. Spot dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles along the coast, and enjoy a snack before heading back to shore.
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  • 3 hours
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Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise

Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise

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Admire the glittering Gold Coast from the water on a relaxing cruise from Surfers Paradise. On either a morning or afternoon tour, glide along the Nerang River and other coastal waterways to take advantage of photo ops of the Gold Coast’s high-rise hotels and resorts. Head toward Broadwater, pass by Marina Mirage and see Palazzo Versace. Coffee and tea is served on board the morning cruise, accompanied by either cake or a cheese platter, depending on the cruise selected.
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  • 2 hours
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2-Hour Beginners Surf Lesson at Main Beach

2-Hour Beginners Surf Lesson at Main Beach

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During your visit to the Gold Coast, learn the basics of surfing with a 2-hour beginning surfing lesson at Main Beach. With gentle waves it is an ideal place to learn to surf, and your lesson includes use of all necessary equipment. Your guide ensures a safe and fun introduction to surfing, and provides hotel pickup and drop-off.
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