Holiday Location - Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is Queensland's entertainment capital and arguably Australia's most popular holiday location, where you will find the perfect fusion of a non-stop city set amidst beautiful beaches and year round sunshine. Offering a full calendar of events, the largest concentration of themed tours and attractions in the southern hemisphere, late night shopping seven days a week, hundreds of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and pristine patrolled beaches, Surfers Paradise is the complete holiday destination.

One of the best known events held in Surfers Paradise every October is the Lexmark Indy 300, which attracts over 300,000 visitors each year. The world renowned motorsport event brings glamour, fun and excitement, and a week long party made up of over 30 different events - high octane entertainment not to be missed! Surfers Paradise is also famous for Schoolies Week, which runs from November-December, enticing thousands of teenagers who party non-stop for three weeks.

Surfers Paradise boasts dozens of tours, activities and attractions - providing the agony of choice. From extreme sports to day spas, there's something for everyone. Take the 'Vomatron' or 'sling shot' adrenalin rides, visit Infinity, take the AquaDuck bus tour, learn to surf or try any watersport imaginable - there's so many unique things to see and do on the Gold Coast, and Surfers Paradise provides most of the action, as well as being close to all the major theme parks. It lives up to its name of being Queensland's entertainment capital, and offers fantastic family holiday experiences.

For the shopping lovers, start at Cavill Mall. It's the heart of the town's shopping district, lined with shops, cafes and attractions and where you'll see a constant stream of people, buskers, circus acts, living statues and street artists. Or the new Circle on Cavill offers a great selection of designer boutiques and eateries, and a huge cinema screen which runs free weekly movies. And every Wednesday and Friday evening you'll find the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets which run along the promenade, where over 120 stalls offer a great selection of locally made accessories, crafts, artworks, beauty products, homewares, jewellery and music.

When it comes to dining and entertainment, there's an incredible amount of variety in Surfers Paradise. Try any one of the dozens of alfresco restaurants and cafes, go casual at a surf club or upmarket to the five star international hotels. Then choose from an array of different nightclubs, pubs, bars and clubs, all within a two kilometre block.

And when you're tired from all the action, grab your towel and hit the beach for what Surfers Paradise is really famous for - its wide stretches of golden sands and great surfing, where the beaches are patrolled every day of the year. Learn how to surf, have a game of beach volleyball or just soak up the sun. Do as much or as little as you like in Australia's favourite holiday playground!

Visitors are also spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Surfers Paradise - home to almost half the accommodation on the entire Gold Coast. Choose from hundreds of backpackers, camping grounds, hotels, apartments, resorts and more - you'll find the perfect accommodation choice whether you're a couple, family or group to base yourself for your next Gold Coast holiday!

Places to visit in Surfers Paradise:

  • Infinity
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum
  • Cavill Mall
  • Circle on Cavill
  • Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

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