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Surfers Paradise Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Top Hotels Close to Surfers Paradise Beach

QT Gold Coast
QT Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Cnr Gold Coast Highway And Staghorn Ave, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $143 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26

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

4.2/5Very Good! (953 reviews)

"I loved the location! so close to the beach and pretty much everything else!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

QT Gold Coast
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $165 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26

This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation Deck ...

3.7/5Good! (961 reviews)

"Stayed here a few times always excellent stay each time close to everything heart of Surfers"…"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $115 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26

Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps from Cavill Avenue and Timezone. SkyPoint Observation Deck and Surfers Paradise Beach are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Good central location. Helpful staff. The updated rooms have been done nicely."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

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QT Gold Coast
QT Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Cnr Gold Coast Highway And Staghorn Ave, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $143 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26
QT Gold Coast
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $165 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $115 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $165 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
Q1 Resort & Spa
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Casino Drive, Broadbeach Island Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is $136 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
Mantra on View Hotel
Mantra on View Hotel
4.5 out of 5
22 View Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $98 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26
Mantra on View Hotel
Mantra Legends Hotel
Mantra Legends Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd. & Laycock St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $91 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26
Mantra Legends Hotel
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is $88 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
5 out of 5
8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is $276 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.