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Surfers Paradise Beach

This stretch of beach is known for its regular sets of rolling waves, with high-rise hotels and bustling nightlife along the sandy shore.

Take a swim, surf the waves, get your kicks on a jet-boat ride, spot whales, browse the market and shops, and then join the crowds for a drink at one of the night clubs or pubs. Compact Surfers Paradise has accommodation, shopping, nightlife and the beach all within walking distance.

The first European settlers named this coastal settlement Elston in 1889. Hotelier Jim Cavill built the Surfers Paradise hotel in 1925, and eight years later he succeeded in having the town renamed for promotional purposes. Cavill Avenue and Cavill Mall are now locations for shopping and indoor attractions, such as the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum.

The landscaped shore provides a scenic esplanade for jogging. Surfing schools are everywhere, whether you’re a beginner or looking to sharpen your board skills.

Sunset kayaking tours on the inlets around Chevron Island take you past decadent private estates. Take a jet-boat ride through the waves at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour), or soar above the water on a parasail.

Ride the Q1 Residential Skyscraper elevator 755 feet (230 meters) up to the SkyPoint observation deck and enjoy a cocktail and dinner with a great view. Book a SkyPoint Climb to reach the very top of Q1, some 131 feet (40 meters) higher than the observation deck. See if you can spot misty sprays on the horizon, a sign that humpback whales are around. For a closer look, book a whale-watching tour departing from Surfers Paradise from May to October. If you’re lucky, you might capture a whale breaching on camera or feel the spray as a pectoral fin slaps the water surface.

Wednesday and Friday nights mean market time on the esplanade. Enjoy the sea breeze and check out the local art, fashion, jewelry and produce. Grab a bite to eat at one of more than 100 stalls, or visit a restaurant. Surfers Paradise is always fun, with year-round surfing events, festivals and beach entertainment.  

Surfers Paradise is located between Broadbeach and Main Beach along the Gold Coast Highway. Rooms in high-rise hotels provide panoramic views of the Coral Sea.


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Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences ¥14,709
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences

6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation Deck and The Star Gold Coast are also within 3 mi (5 km). Florida Gardens station is 24 minutes by foot.

    Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast ¥6,341
    Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast

    Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast

    2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the suburbs, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star Gold Coast, and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue are also within 3 mi (5 km). Broadbeach South Light Rail Station is only a 5-minute walk and Florida Gardens station is 24 minutes.

      Wyndham Surfers Paradise ¥9,087
      Wyndham Surfers Paradise

      Wyndham Surfers Paradise

      3018 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise, QLD
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck and Surfers Paradise Beach. Cavill Avenue and Chevron Renaissance are also within 15 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Novotel Surfers Paradise ¥9,152
        Novotel Surfers Paradise

        Novotel Surfers Paradise

        Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps from Cavill Avenue and Timezone. SkyPoint Observation Deck and Surfers Paradise Beach are also within 5 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 21 minutes by foot.

          Mantra Circle on Cavill ¥13,303
          Mantra Circle on Cavill

          Mantra Circle on Cavill

          9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Surfers Paradise aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue, Chevron Renaissance, and Infinity Attraction. Surfers Paradise Beach and SkyPoint Observation Deck are also within 10 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 23 minutes by foot.

            Q1 Resort & Spa ¥16,343
            Q1 Resort & Spa

            Q1 Resort & Spa

            9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue, and Timezone. Ripley's Believe It or Not and Slingshot are also within 1 mi (2 km). Florida Gardens station is 15 minutes by foot.

              QT Gold Coast ¥8,777
              QT Gold Coast

              QT Gold Coast

              Cnr Gold Coast Highway And Staghorn Ave, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps from King Tutts Putt Putt and Slingshot. Surfers Paradise Beach and Chevron Renaissance are also within 10 minutes.

                Artique Surfers Paradise
                Artique Surfers Paradise

                Artique Surfers Paradise

                16-18 Enderley Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck and Surfers Paradise Beach. Cavill Avenue and Chevron Renaissance are also within 15 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 12 minutes by foot.