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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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Q1 Resort & Spa ¥17,669
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.

    voco Gold Coast - An IHG Hotel ¥9,037
    voco Gold Coast - An IHG Hotel

    voco Gold Coast - An IHG Hotel

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

      Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach, and Cavill Avenue. Chevron Renaissance and The Star Gold Coast are also within 3 mi (5 km). Florida Gardens station is 15 minutes by foot.

      Novotel Surfers Paradise ¥9,172
      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.

        Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise ¥9,037
        Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

        Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

        2807 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, QLD
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Cavill Avenue. Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Sea World are also within 6 mi (10 km). Florida Gardens station is only a 2-minute walk and Broadbeach South Light Rail Station is 28 minutes.

          Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast ¥7,890
          Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast

          Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast

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

            Situated near the boardwalk, 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.

            Mantra Legends Hotel ¥8,902
            Mantra Legends Hotel

            Mantra Legends Hotel

            Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd. & Laycock St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach, and Cavill Avenue. Chevron Renaissance and Timezone are also within 10 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 17 minutes by foot.

              Vibe Hotel Gold Coast ¥7,102
              Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

              Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

              42 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps from Chevron Renaissance and Infinity Attraction. Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach are also within 10 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 25 minutes by foot.

                QT Gold Coast ¥10,737
                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.