Surfers Paradise is the major centre on the Gold Coast, a surf-meets-city destination that hosts national and international cultural and music events, as well as some of the best night spots in the country, and some of the best accommodation in South East Queensland. Each year, millions of visitors head to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach for a swim and a surf, before a short stroll to a diverse array of restaurants, retail outlets, bars, pubs and clubs. Surfers Paradise began as a small coastal getaway for merchants using the Nerang River to transport goods from North Queensland. Originally named Elston, the town was renamed in 1933 after founding father Jim Cavill pushed for a change that would better market the destination to holiday makers. Today, the name Surfers Paradise brings to mind sun, surf, and sand, alongside the fashion, dining and accommodation options that make this surf-city such a popular tourists destination. Check out five-star hotels like Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, or go for the hostel experience at places like Budds in Surfers.
There are so many things to see and do on the Gold Coast, and Surfers Paradise is home to most of them. There's something for everyone; whether you're a couple on holiday, a family escaping for a week away, or a business traveller, Surfers Paradise has something for you. The warm climate makes Surfers Paradise a perfect outdoor entertainment venue. With beaches, parks and waterways, there are many outdoor activities to choose from. Take in some lessons with Surf Lessons and Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or grab an ecobike and tour the sights. Head for a swim in Surfers Paradise Beach, or check out the Flight and Car Racing simulators. The Gold Coast is home to a wonderful array of natural scenic beauty, from the rainforest hinterland to the canal mansions, the towering skyscrapers to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach. Across 5 beachside shopping arcades and centres, Surfers Paradise also shows off the latest in men’s fashion, art, jewellery and kids’ fashion. Check out the centres of The High Street, Cavill Mall, Centro Surfers Paradise and Chevron Renaissance, and wander Elkhorn Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard for some of the best shopping in town.
A host of annual events occur across the yearly calendar in Surfers Paradise. In March and April, head in for the month-long Surfers Paradise Festival, a celebration of art, food, culture and music on the Gold Coast. Enjoy a plethora of sports events including the Gold Coast 600, Rugby Sevens, Magic Millions, Kellogg's Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman, and the Navy Surf Rowers Series. Enjoy something different with the exciting Elvis VIVA Surfers Paradise in July, and the Chinese New Year celebration in February. And on special holidays such as Christmas, New Year's Eve and Easter, enjoy the family friendly and fun atmosphere of lengthy events, and some of the biggest fireworks displays on the Gold Coast.
When people think about Surfers Paradise, their first point of reference is always the restaurant and nightclub scene, and with a high concentration of stylish pubs, nightclubs and a range of lounge bars, they wouldn’t be far off. Dining options are plentiful, ranging from high-end restaurants like Misono Japanese Steakhouse to the low-key but popular Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. You’ll find great food that suits all tastes here! The many nightlife venues offer after dark entertainment to thousands of guests year-round, including live music, DJs, comedy acts and many more one off or weekly shows you just can’t see anywhere else. Pick up a Surfers Paradise Nights card from any one of the nightclubs around town, and receive free entry before 11pm, excluding special events. With exclusive deals, and special promos, your Surfers Paradise Nights card is the best ticket in town.