Surfers Paradise

Why Surfers Paradise

Whether you are visiting the Gold Coast in summer or winter, autumn or spring there is an abundance of activities to help you make memories with your family in Surfers Paradise.

Surfers Paradise, fondly referred to as ‘Surfers’ by locals is the heart of the Gold Coast for locals and tourists alike. Surfers is situated on the South East Coast of Queensland between the Nerang River and the Pacific Ocean. The first holidaymakers started enjoying the beauty of area, now known as Surfers Paradise from as early as 1880. The first hotel was built in 1887.

Today, holidaymakers love Surfers Paradise for a number of reason; the beach, with 3 kilometres of stunning golden sandy beaches that is walking distance from the main area of Surfers Paradise. The crystal blue water is usually warm and inviting with surf life savers on patrol everyday.

The main area of Surfers is Cavill Avenue which has a pedestrian mall lines with shops, restaurants and attractions. Cavill Avenue is open day and night often with buskers, street entertainers and live events going on. It’s a great place to grab an ice cream and people watch.

Surfers Paradise Hotel
Cavill Avenue Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Markets & Events


The Surfers Paradise foreshore comes to life every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night (4pm to 9pm) as the famous night markets deliver over 100 stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery to locally produced Beef Jerky. You can even make a mould of your hand in wax to take home as a souvenir.

Other popular events in Surfers Paradise include:
Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw and beach horse runs – Early January
Sand Safari and Australian Sand Sculpting Championships – February
Surfers Paradise Live – Early May
Seafire – Early June
Surfers Paradise Kids Week – Every September School Holidays
Supercars Gold Coast 600 – October
Carols on The Beach – December

For more information on what’s happening on the Gold Coast visit
Destination Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise Alliance

Surfers Paradise Tours & Activities

Surfers Paradise is a hive of activity day and night. There are more than 300 cafes, restaurants and bars offering a vast array of tasty delights in Surfers Paradise with new ones opening weekly. So you will never have any trouble eating a great meal, mind you deciding on where to eat takes up a lot of time!

Surfers has 7 great attractions to entertain the family on hot or rainy days. Or even when you just want to get out of the sun and enjoy some air con. These are all a very short walk from Cavill Avenue with very reasonable entry fees.


  1. iFly
  2. Wax Museum
  3. Infinity
  4. Ripleys
  5. TimeZone
  6. Skypoint

However if you prefer to get out and see the sights, take one of the many tours that leave form Surfers. The most famous is of course the Aquaduck. The 1 hour city tour and river cruise departs from Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise every hour.  

Other great sightseeing tours include Gold Jet Boating with Paradise Jet Boating, Rainforest Tours with Southern Cross Tours, Whale Watching with Seaworld Cruises and cruising Surfers Paradise River Cruises which all depart from Surfers Paradise.

Essentially in Surfers Paradise there is an abundance of activities to keep you busy or a beautiful beach to laze the days away. Maybe you like a mix of both. Whichever holiday style you prefer Surfers Paradise is a great place to holiday and make lasting memories with your family.

Gold Coast Rainforest with Guide and customers

About Surfers Paradise


True to its name, Surfers Paradise is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Clean white sand and the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean rolling in under the sunny blue skies make this beach perfect for swimming, surfing or simply strolling along. Surfers Paradise beach is manned by lifeguards 365 days a year so be sure to swim between the flags.

However, there is a lot more to this three-kilometre stretch of coastline than the picturesque beachfront and the insta-famous ‘Surfers Paradise’ sign. Surfers Paradise is the heartbeat of the Gold Coast. With alfresco dining, street entertainers, family attractions, a jam-packed calendar of events and world-famous nightclubs and bars, the atmosphere is always fun and inviting.

Known by the locals as “Surfers” it is the heart of the Gold Coast, and Cavill Avenue is the heart of Surfers. From the Nerang River down to Surfers Paradise beach, this 500metre street and pedestrian mall is bustling with people from across the world day and night. Whether you’re looking for beachside shopping, arcade games for the kids, fine dining, or a relaxing cappuccino and a people-watching session, Cavill Avenue ticks all the boxes.


Surfers Paradise Sign