Surfers Paradise - The Heart of the Gold Coast!
I love Surfers!
It is one of those places you either love or hate!
No visit to the Gold Coast would be complete without experiencing it.
Evenings can be lively! However, families can still enjoy the atmosphere in the early evening with a meal on Cavill Mall. Take in the free street entertainment.
The Friday night markets are interesting to wander through and buy some unique souvenirs.
Some events are held on the beach and being on the sand watching fireworks or listening to a band is a great experience for the whole family.
During the day the beach is the centre of attention. Surfing, swimming, building sandcastles or relaxing reading a book. It is a top spot!
If you've never surfed why not take a lesson!
Within Surfers itself there are some great and some very average tourist attractions!
Us locals use some of the facilities with great regularity so they can't all be bad!
Some of our favourites include:
Surfers is a great place just to hang out - which is why it is so popular with all different types of people.
If you stay in accommodation in Surfers you have the added benefit that everything is at your door and you can even get away with not hiring a car unless you really want to!
The list of attractions is long - are you ready?
I won't apologise for this list - I can't see a way around letting you know what there is here!
But I have culled as much of the rubbish as I can without making it seem I'm a party pooper!
There are so many options for accommodation in Surfers. That is a full accommodation guide, including details on Surfers Paradise hotels and apartments. If you are in a hurry, here are a few of my main choices and why.
Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort and Spa - I love this 5 star hotel because it is everything you expect from an international standard hotel and it has the most amazing salt water lagoon pool and waterfall.
North of the main drag of Surfers and right on the edge of the Indy track. To go into the heart of Surfers or to the beach you will most likely take a taxi or limo from here - it's not worth the walk!
I also love the excellent Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant called Benihana at the Marriott.
Do not confuse with the lower standard Courtyard by Marriott (now Grand Chancellor) in the heart of Surfers Paradise - otherwise you will be disappointed.
Crowne Plaza Hotel is part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group. Most rooms offer ocean views and all the guest rooms are non-smoking whilst the suites are not.
It is situated south of the main drag of Surfers - I'd say it is halfway between the centres of Surfers and Broadbeach. Very much a resort style hotel with tropical lush gardens pool, spa and tennis court. The kids club is open weekends and during NSW and Qld School Holidays only.
A great day spa is also within the resort along with some shops.
Adjacent is Crowne Plaza Hotel Gold Tower which was refurbished a few years ago. As well as hotel rooms there are studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.
Every room has a balcony and the facilities are shared with the adjacent hotel.
Crown Towers Resort Apartments are just north of the heart of Surfers. A family friendly resort with large 1,2 or 3 bedroom 4½ star apartments. Great family facilities including resort lagoon style pool and many other great features.
They are managed by the Mantra group, which I always find consistent and are my personal top choice for staying anywhere around Australia. This is my top apartment choice for families visiting Surfers because of what I consider to be the value for money with these apartments.
Artique Resort Apartments are 4½ star, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments south of the centre of Surfers on Surfers Boulevard. A short walk to the beach and great heated, outdoor, partially covered pool. The apartments are modern, fresh and have what you expect for 4½ star accommodation.
The downsides for this accommodation is it not on the beach but only a short walk, but my sister stayed here and I was quite impressed with the pool and spa!
Aloha Resort Apartments are 1 & 2 bedroom, comfortable 3½ star apartments just over The Esplanade to Surfers Paradise beach. Pool heated in winter only, but has a kids wading pool.
Breakfree Moroccan - 1 & 2 bedroom 4½ star apartments just north of the heart of Surfers tastefully styled around Moroccan and Mediterranean themes. You will need to check your apartment as not all have air-conditioning. Has indoor heated pool as well as a heated spa and a non-heated outdoor pool.
These apartments might be noisy for some as they are right in the heart of the action and close to Adrenalin Park which makes it noisy with thrill seekers till quite late. Overall these apartments are good quality and you cannot beat this location.
Q1 Gold Coast Resort and Spa is located just south of the heart of Surfers Paradise. It is a luxury 5 star resort and spa with clean, modern look and feel. Apartments don't have outdoor balconies on this iconic building, but the views are great.
Very well positioned and you won't have the same issues with noise here that you have with some of the other apartments in Surfers.
Circle on Cavill are 4½ star luxury 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments right at the end of Cavill Mall. They are more like executive serviced apartments than your traditional holiday apartments. Mantra manage these apartments.
Ultra modern decor and facilities for couples, business people or families this is a great option if you like this style and want to be in the heart of Surfers but away from the riff-raff!
They do have a kids games room, but the pool is a heated lap pool rather than a resort lagoon pool - so you will need to choose what you want.
Although the Surfers Paradise Golf Club is named after Surfers, it is actually located in Clear Island Waters which is inland from Broadbeach! It is a private golf club for members and guests only.More golf information.
Other Golf Courses within a 15 to 25 minute drive are:
Surfers Paradise has ocean beach frontage. Surfers Paradise beach is magnificent!
It is cleaned every day and is a pleasure to visit winter or summer.
Make sure you are aware of the beach and surf conditions and only swim between the flags - I cannot stress this enough!
Approximate travel times by motor vehicle - please note travel times can be affected by many factors including traffic hazards and roadworks. These are just an indication.
Sea World – water and theme park
Main Beach – Tedder Avenue cafes and restaurants and Southport SLSC
Broadbeach – beaches, restaurants and entertainment
Jupiters Casino – Entertainment and restaurants
Pacific Fair – shopping, cinemas, entertainment and cafes
Harbour Town – shopping, cinemas and cafes
Burleigh Heads – Surfing and beaches
Movie World – theme park
Wet ‘n’ Wild – water theme park
Australian Outback Spectacular – entertainment
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Dreamworld & WhiteWater World – water and theme park
Gold Coast Airport at Bilinga
Tropical Fruit World – Duranbah
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Australia Zoo – Beerwah, Sunshine Coast
For directions and other information I recommend you use Google Maps Australia. On this website there are several google maps including a map of Surfers which you can click on to get directions which will also give you an idea of travel times for driving.