Surfers Paradise Guide

Surfers Paradise guide to all you need to know about Surfers on the Gold Coast

Probably one of the most photographed spots in Surfers Paradise. Sign photo shot everyone has to have!
Famous Surfers Paradise Sign!

This is the Surfers Paradise sign photo that everyone has to have!

It is actually pretty hard to take a good photo of it. There is the road right in front that everyone is waiting to cross.

If you are on the same side you are are too close to get a good photo!

If you have a smartphone you can download one of those fancy apps that removes people from your tourist photos - though it means you need to carry a tripod to make it work properly (I have tried!).

Where do you start with a guide to Surfers Paradise?

Not Sure If Surfers Paradise Is Right For You?

There are many other areas of the Gold Coast to consider. Surfers is certainly where much of the action is, but you can find alternatives all over the Gold Coast, from Coolangatta right up to Sanctuary Cove. The map of the Gold Coast can be a real help to put it all into perspective.

There is so much information on this website, if you cannot find what you are looking for try a search. You will find search boxes at the top and bottom of most pages.


I love Surfers Paradise. I know it is in parts seedy as well as glitzy, but it is also vibrant and fun. There are things I love to go see and do. And there are things I avoid! Surfers Paradise is currently undergoing a rejuvenation which is certainly due.

Surfers Paradise is the heart of the Gold Coast. Many people mistakenly believe that Surfers is all there is in the Gold Coast, which isn't true at all. Just take a look around the rest of this website! You can stay your whole holiday in Surfers Paradise, or you can hire a car and venture out and explore more of the Gold Coast.

Surfers has the highest density of Gold Coast tourist accommodation, nightlife and tourist attractions, some of which are suitable for younger kids and others for teens. It is also home to the famous Surfers Paradise Meter Maids and Surfers Paradise Beach!

Work your way around this Surfers Paradise guide to discover more about the area and what you can expect.

Surfers Paradise accommodation is popular with backpackers, singles, couples and families.

You could spend your entire Gold Coast holiday in Surfers Paradise if you wanted to! You'd be hard pushed to visit all the tourist attractions, enjoy all the entertainment and eat in all the restaurants and cafes!

Surfers Paradise Beach is a popular spot to be photographed on! Families can enjoy swimming between the flags, boogie boarding and building sandcastles. Why not try surfing too.

Q1 observation deck and bar has fantastic views on clear days and nights.

For the younger crowd there are nightclubs and bars in Surfers which becomes party central after dark.

Surfers Paradise is often buzzing with activities aimed at our tourists including concerts, festivals and street entertainment.

Wednesday, Friday & Sunday nights are extra special in Surfers. Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are open along The Esplanade at the end of Cavill Mall. Enjoy dinner in the mall with the family and then stroll through the stalls to pick up some interesting momentos of your holiday in the Gold Coast. The best place for souvenirs!

Surfers is a great place just to hang out. One of the reasons why it is so popular with all different types of people.  

If you stay in accommodation in Surfers Paradise you have the added benefit that everything is at your door and you can even get away without hiring a car unless you really want to!

Don't forget to look around using the quick links at the top of Surfers Paradise guide page.

Gold Coast Holiday Planning Information

There are plenty of reasons to make the Gold Coast your next holiday destination and there is more than enough to keep you busy... or relaxed.

Here is more information to help plan your trip or you can grab our planning cheat sheets to give you a framework to plan with...


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