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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 ¥19,264
Q1 Resort & Spa

Q1 Resort & Spa

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

    Situated on the Strip, this luxury apartment building 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.

    The Ruby Collection ¥12,613
    The Ruby Collection

    The Ruby Collection

    9 Norfolk Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Surfers Paradise apartment building is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Chevron Island, Chevron Renaissance, and Slingshot. Cavill Avenue and Infinity Attraction are also within 15 minutes.

      voco Gold Coast (formerly Watermark Hotel & Spa) - An IHG Hotel ¥6,880
      voco Gold Coast (formerly Watermark Hotel & Spa) - An IHG Hotel

      voco Gold Coast (formerly Watermark Hotel & Spa) - 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.

        QT Gold Coast ¥10,402
        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. Chevron Renaissance and Surfers Paradise Beach are also within 10 minutes.

          Mantra on View Hotel ¥8,256
          Mantra on View Hotel

          Mantra on View Hotel

          22 View Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Infinity Attraction, Surfers Paradise Beach, and Chevron Renaissance. Cavill Avenue and Slingshot are also within 10 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 29 minutes by foot.

            Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast ¥15,962
            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.

              Novotel Surfers Paradise ¥8,943
              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. Surfers Paradise Beach and SkyPoint Observation Deck are also within 5 minutes. Florida Gardens station is 21 minutes by foot.

                Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise ¥8,875
                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.