An aerial view of clear blue water at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast

Things to do in  Surfers Paradise

A grown-up Aussie beach town

Surfers Paradise is the perfect blend of chic urbanity and cool beach town. Its endless beaches are backed by shimmering skyscrapers, and the water is filled with locals and visitors. Located on Australia’s Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is the destination for adventure-seekers whose favorite things to do include discovering new theme parks, taking on the surf, and dining on fresh seafood. The city is home to many of the region’s resorts, which makes it a hot spot for entertainment and culture.

Top 7 attractions in Surfers Paradise

Infinity

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Infinity is an immersive multimedia experience that engages all of the senses. Experience its surreal atmosphere as you walk through maze-like environments of special effects and illusions. Sound fields, lights, music, and visual trickery challenge the mind and may ignite your imagination when navigating this Surfers Paradise funhouse.More
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise

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Found on Queensland’s Gold Coast, this 9,000-square-foot gallery is filled with exhibits that are equal part fascinating and head-scratching. Whether you attempt to navigate the expansive mirror maze, dive into an immersive experience at the 7D Moving Theatre (which blends movies and video games), or check out the many Australia-themed exhibits, visiting Ripley’s will help you get to know the weirder side of Australia.More
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Warner Bros. Movie World

Warner Bros. Movie World

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From movie-themed thrill rides and 4D movie experiences to spectacular stunt shows and star-studded parades featuring everyone from Shrek to Scooby-Doo, Warner Bros. Movie World is one of Australia’s coolest theme parks. The site lives up to its promise of bringing Hollywood to the Gold Coast.More

SkyPoint Observation Deck

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Located in the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise, Skypoint Observation Deck is Australia’s only beachside observation deck. Take in expansive views of the Gold Coast coastline, the Gold Coast Hinterlands, and the Pacific Ocean from Australia’s tallest building. For added excitement, try the external Skypoint Climb at the top of the building.More
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SkyPoint Climb

SkyPoint Climb

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Look around and drink it all in; from here at the top of the SkyPoint climb on the shores of Surfers Paradise, visitors find themselves standing at the top of Australia’s highest building climb—nearly 900 feet about the surf and sandy shores below. Located atop the Q1 building, the SkyPoint climb begins up on the 77th story, where the SkyPoint Observation Deck provides epic views of the Queensland coast along with dining and drinks. When suiting up for the outdoor climb, guests will don a helmet, harness, and receive a safety briefing, before clipping in to the building’s cables and starting the journey up top. Though the climb begins at just over 750 feet, it’s nearly another 150 feet to reach the top of the SkyPoint, where the views stretch out in every direction from the Queensland hinterland off in the west to the Brisbane skyline to the north. For a spectacular way to end the day, experience sunset from 90 stories above the Queensland coast, on a twilight climb that offers a view unlike anywhere else in Australia. Combine the climb with dinner and drinks once back on the observation deck, and toast to the thrilling experience of placing the city beneath your feet.More

WhiteWater World

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As Australia’s biggest waterpark, WhiteWater World boasts more than 140 rides, slides, and attractions. Highlights include the Cave of Waves wave pool; the Pipeline Plunge splash zone; The Rip family raft ride; and The Wedgie, a 5-story power slide that runs along a translucent pipe and barrel.More
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Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

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Australia’s biggest Wet’n’Wild water park, in Brisbane, is a Gold Coast summer favorite featuring all the water park essentials. There's a giant wave pool, lazy river, whirlpool tub, FlowRider surf simulator, and plenty of water slides for all thrill levels.More

Top activities in Surfers Paradise

Natural Bridge Glow Worm Night Tour from Gold Coast
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Paradise SUP Tour

Paradise SUP Tour

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All-Inclusive Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise (Gold Coast Transfer)
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Chill Out at Byron Bay from Gold Coast
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All about Surfers Paradise

When to visit

If you can, skip the peak summer season (December–February) and instead opt for the milder and quieter spring (September–November) or fall (March–May). The water will be less crowded, and the sun will be less scorching. For those after big waves, the surf tends to peak in April when the water is a pleasant 74°F (23°C).

Getting around

Central Surfers Paradise is a small area that's perfect to explore on foot. For views, rent a bike and ride the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) esplanade, or take a day trip via the public transit network of buses, trains, and trams that connect the Gold Coast region. Make sure to keep an eye out for the iconic Metermaids—clad in golden bikinis, the Metermaids were introduced in 1964 to top up the parking meters of visitors.

Traveler tips

On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the esplanade hosts the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market. You’ll find international food stalls, local artwork, and iconic Australian products including opal jewelry and lamingtons (sponge cake coated in chocolate and coconut). Head to the market after a swim to stroll among the stalls and snack on treats from around the world. If you’re lucky, you might see a live performance from one of the musicians who plays the market.

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People Also Ask

Is Surfers Paradise worth a visit?

Yes, Surfers Paradise is the perfect destination for a day trip, and its proximity to other Gold Coast attractions makes it a great homebase. You can spend your time soaking up the sun, challenging yourself on a surfboard, or exploring the restaurants and shopping streets of the city.

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Can you drink alcohol at Surfers Paradise Beach?

No. It might be tempting to crack a cold one as you chill on the beach, but drinking on public property is illegal in Australia. Instead, head up the beach to one of the many waterfront bars. The casual Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club is a classic option.

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What day is the Surfers Paradise market?

The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market runs Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, 4pm–9pm. The Bundall Farmers' Markets is located a little further inland and is open every Sunday morning, offering the perfect weekend activity.

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Is Surfers Paradise Beach safe to swim at?

Yes. The beach is one of Australia’s most iconic surf destinations, and it’s an equally popular spot to float and splash. Lifeguards are stationed along the length of the main beach, but always pay attention to the water conditions and your own limits.

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What is the dress code in Surfers Paradise?

People favor casual comfort so they can head to the beach at any moment, but many businesses have a "no shirt, no shoes, no service" policy. In the evenings, some of the restaurants may require collared shirts, long pants, and closed shoes for men so it’s best to check beforehand.

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Does Surfers Paradise have a shark net?

Yes. The beach is protected with a net, and the lifeguards that patrol the beach are also tasked with watching for sharks. Only two fatal shark attacks have occurred on the beach in more than 60 years, and the Gold Coast is known for the safety of its beaches.

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