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Surfers Paradise
The aptly-named Surfers Paradise is just that—a haven for those who pay homage to the gods of the sea by attempting to become one with the waves. The beach here is a golden stretch of soft sand that provides the perfect ambiance for a day of catching waves, catching a Frisbee or just catching some rays. Refuel at one of Surfers Paradise's 150 restaurants and cafes, or hit a Northside day spa to soothe your surf-weary muscles and smooth your sun-kissed skin.

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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Owner description: The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia's iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up 'paradise' to... more Owner description: The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia's iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up 'paradise' to millions. Throughout the year, our beach welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around the World. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure that your day at Surfers Paradise beach is a safe and happy one. Always swim between the red and yellow flags. If the flags aren't up, it may not safe to swim, so always ask a lifeguard if it's safe to swim if you cannot see the flags. Check for additional beach signage, as this may change every day. Read the safety warnings. Check with a lifeguard about beach and water conditions if you're not sure it's safe. Put your hand up and stay calm if you get in trouble in the water. Stay sun safe: Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses. Leave valuables at home or in your apartment. less
Attraction type: Beaches
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SkyPoint Climb
SkyPoint Climb
Owner description: SkyPoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air, it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on... more Owner description: SkyPoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air, it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Climbers will enter the open air dressed in a full body suit and harness. Following their Climb guide, participants will then traverse up towards the crow's nest located at the highest point of the Climb at around 270 metres above the ground. Regular stops will be taken to admire the stunning 360 degree views of the Gold Coast region including the golden beaches, city skyline and lush green hinterland. Climbers will then descend to level 77. Altogether the experience takes approximately 90 minutes including a briefing session and the time on the Climb course. less
Attraction type: Observation Decks & Towers
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SkyPoint Observation Deck
SkyPoint Observation Deck
Owner description: SkyPoint Observation Deck is located on Levels 77 and 78 of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise and is Australia's only beach side observation deck. Rising a sheer 230 meters into... more Owner description: SkyPoint Observation Deck is located on Levels 77 and 78 of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise and is Australia's only beach side observation deck. Rising a sheer 230 meters into the sky, SkyPoint is one of the Gold Coast's most popular attractions and has become a must see destination for locals and visitors alike. It provides stunning 360 degree panoramic views that stretch from the surf to the hinterland and beyond and provides the perfect location for visitors to experience the shimmering Gold Coast skyline at night or take in views from Brisbane to Byron Bay during the day. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal from Seventy7 Cafe and Bar as you spot whales migrating along the eastern coast or as a new storm rolls in. SkyPoint Observation Deck is a must-see for all Gold Coast visitors. With unrivalled 360 degree views from the coast to the hinterland, mini-theatrette and informative feature zones and displays that provide all the information you need to plan your holiday hit list. By night, SkyPoint Observation Deck transforms into a chic, high altitude lounge bar with music every Friday and Saturday night and Sunset Sounds on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy drinks and delicious platters with friends and take in the glittering skyline. SkyPoint Observation Deck is an 18+ venue on Friday and Saturday night from 8pm. less
Attraction type: Observation Decks & Towers; Bars & Clubs
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Infinity Attraction
Infinity Attraction
Owner description: Challenge your senses and ignite your imagination at INFINITY - a mind blowing 30 minute journey into 20 trippy, maze-like 'worlds of wonder' filled with special effects and... more Owner description: Challenge your senses and ignite your imagination at INFINITY - a mind blowing 30 minute journey into 20 trippy, maze-like 'worlds of wonder' filled with special effects and illusions that go all the way to infinity! Some environments are beautiful, others mysterious, all are intriguing and totally unique. You'll groove and dance in some while others will make you laugh and scream! Infinity is a futuristic fun house and the first of its kind in the world. Often referred to as "a chemical free trip into other dimensions of the imagination and the senses" and "a sensory overload." Ideal holiday fun for all ages 8 and over and nationalities, great family entertainment. One Small step for man - One GIANT leap for entertainment less
Attraction type: Theme Parks
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Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Owner description: Ripley's Believe It or Not! is Surfers Paradise's most unusual and unbelievable attraction! Located in Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Mall, Ripley's offers 15 individually themed... more Owner description: Ripley's Believe It or Not! is Surfers Paradise's most unusual and unbelievable attraction! Located in Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Mall, Ripley's offers 15 individually themed galleries of unbelievable artefacts and interactive exhibits where you will Experience the Fun around every corner. Your self-guided adventure is sure to astonish as you come face to face with remarkable relics and rare treasures from around the World. With almost 9,000 square feet to explore, you will discover 350 genuine artefacts, amazing stories of history and adventure, magic, mystery, incredible illusions, fun interactive games, life-size figurines of unusual characters who actually lived and unbelievable movies! Simply an amazing journey of on an hour or more - That's Wow Factor fun for everyone! New addition, Ripley's Impossible LaseRace™, is the only LaseRace™ in the Southern Hemisphere and tests the guile and agility of participants as they duck, shimmy, pivot, and crawl through a maze of bright green laser beams in an effort to achieve the best possible time. Touch a laser, and time is added onto your score. Enjoy four difficulty levels and play as long as you want! (Included in General Admission). less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Misono Japanese Steakhouse
Misono Japanese Steakhouse
Price: $24 - $65
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Salt Meats Cheese
Salt Meats Cheese
Price: $8 - $19
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Delicatessen, European, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Alfresco on Elston
Alfresco on Elston
Price: $8 - $38
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co.
Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co.
Price: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Fast Food, Diner, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Boom Boom Burger & Bar
Boom Boom Burger & Bar
Cuisines: Australian, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Moorings on Cavill Avenue
4.0 of 5
Moorings on Cavill Avenue
$102 - $309
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Artique Surfers Paradise
4.5 of 5
Artique Surfers Paradise
$95 - $273 (A$125 - A$358)
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Q1 Resort and Spa
4.5 of 5
Q1 Resort and Spa
$110 - $401
Ranked #4 of 32 Hotels in Surfers Paradise
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Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
5.0 of 5
Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise
$221 - $626 (A$290 - A$821)
Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels in Surfers Paradise
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Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
$177 - $449
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Surfers Paradise
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QT Gold Coast
5.0 of 5
QT Gold Coast
$132 - $249
Ranked #3 of 32 Hotels in Surfers Paradise
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Paradise Centre Apartments
4.0 of 5
Paradise Centre Apartments
$87 - $430 (A$114 - A$564)
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Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
4.5 of 5
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
$109 - $273
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Surfers Paradise
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Mantra Circle on Cavill
4.5 of 5
Mantra Circle on Cavill
$118 - $333 (A$155 - A$437)
Ranked #6 of 32 Hotels in Surfers Paradise
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