28th September, 2011

Guide to Holidaying in Surfers Paradise

Australia is abundant in many things, and not the least of these is its wonderful holiday destinations. Whether it’s an exciting outback adventure, a dynamic city holiday, or a relaxing retreat, there’s no shortage of choice for travellers. Surfers Paradise, as the heart of the Gold Coast – is one of the most popular destinations in Australia. The Gold Coast has some 70 km of stunning white-sanded coastline that hosts over 9.6 million visitors every year. In this article, we take a closer look at this popular subtropical paradise.

Surfers Paradise

For holidaymakers who seek a relaxing retreat, it’s hard to pass up Surfers Paradise.  With its laid back vibe, sunny weather, and striking white beaches, it’s easy to feel completely at ease within only ten minutes of arrival. Staying at one of the Surfers Paradise apartments located right on the beach gives the visitor quick access to the beach, the hottest nightspots, and some of the Gold Coast’s premier restaurants.


Surfers Paradise boasts 287 days of sunshine every year, with average summer temperatures of 19 to 29 degrees Celsius in summer and 9 to 21 degree Celsius in winter. The average water temperature is 22 degree Celsius, making its waters temperate and very pleasant to swim or surf in.

Nightlight, Shopping, and Dining

Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast city is filled with many speciality shops, boutiques, and dining options. There are over 500 restaurants in area, with cuisine from all around the world. Cavill Avenue and Cavill Mall are good starting point for shopping. The Gold Coast is renowned for its active and vibrant nightlife. Orchid Avenue and Cavill Avenue are popular among the nightclub and bar hot spots. For Surfers Paradise accommodation, it’s a good idea to book a place close to the beach, within walking distance to the central attractions in the city.

To Do

For families, the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks are a short drive away. These include Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld, and the Wet’n’Wild Water Park. Near Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast are also numerous wildlife sanctuary and parks.

Special Events

Surfers Paradise hosts a number of special local and international events. These include the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, the Gold Coast Marathon, and numerous yacht classics, horse races, and other sporting competitions.

Inland Attractions

The hinterlands to the west and north of the city are filled with wetlands, rainforest, and interesting villages. There are lots of opportunities for bushwalking, biking, or wandering around the rural towns. Don’t miss the MacPherson Range or Tamborine Mountain, the Springbrook National Park. It may be surprising to note that the Gold Coast hinterland has its own reputable wineries, some of which are open to the public for tours.

At Close Proximity

The Gold Coast is well placed for short half-day or full day trips. Day tours to the Great Barrier Reef, Stradbroke Island, Fraser Island, and Mariners Cove are all popular among travellers. Other destinations to consider include Moreton Island, Sunshine Coast and Noosa, Byron Bay, Brisbane, and day tours to famous zoos and parks such as Australia Zoo and Lamington National Park. As such, Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast is a great base for a wider Queensland holiday.