Rediscovering Surfers Paradise
Travel writer Andrea Black said that Surfers Paradise is not just about catering to the Schoolies crowd. The heart of the Gold Coast is undergoing a type of transformation that is informed by its colourful heritage.
There is a retro hip to the suburb that is making it a more interesting place to visit than ever. The foreshore features historic photos and billboards that make for an atmospheric bike ride.
Black evoked architect Robin Boyd’s observations on Americanism in Australia in the 1960s. Boyd used the term ‘Austerican’ to describe Surfers Paradise. He said that it is a rowdy, healthy and crime-free Austerican place.
On her visit, Black discovered unique and atmospheric hangouts such as the Swinging Safari, a 1950s beach house with nostalgic décor. She visited Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach, two places with great cafes that include Elk Espresso and Vintage Espresso.
Black reminded would be visitors that dining out at Surfers is not all about chrome and fluorescent light and that it is possible to discover hidden gems such as Black Coffee Lyrics, a restaurant set in an outdoor mall. With arts and cultural festivals, outdoor markets, antique and vinyl stores, Surfers Paradise is undergoing a transformation and the suburb and its city are well worth discovering and rediscovering.