The Top Things to do in Surfers Paradise

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Looking for all the best things to do in Surfers Paradise? The central hub of the glittering Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is synonymous with any Australian beachfront holiday; famed for its mixture of beautiful beach with modern shopping and dining offerings, nightclubs and range of family attractions, it's often the first go-to destination for first-time visitors to South East Queensland.

Surfers Paradise offers plenty to keep visitors of all ages occupied; aside from relaxing on its beautiful (and busy) main beach at the end of Cavill Avenue, the suburb offers tours and activities for kids such as taking a guided "duck" tour, visiting the mind-bending Infinity Attraction, or simply enjoying an ice cream or treats from one of the many surrounding food stores.

Adults will find plenty in Surfers Paradise keep themselves occupied as well; there are numerous options for restaurants and dining both high end and budget; the beautiful redeveloped Esplanade foreshore area is great for a stroll; and boutique shopping for both souvenirs and everyday goods abounds. Activity-wise, much of its offerings are aquatic-focused - take a cruise on the Gold Coast waterways, see the coastline from above with a scenic flight, or splash and spin through its beautiful waters on a high speed jet boat ride. For a complete list of the top things to do in Surfers Paradise, check out our catalogue below.

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Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruises
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Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Rides
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Jet Boat Ride from Surfers Paradise
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Surfers Paradise Beach
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Macintosh Island Park Surfers Paradise
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Hot Air Ballooning over the Gold Coast Hinterland and Wineries
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Learn to Surf on Surfers Paradise Beach
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SkyPoint Climb at the Q1 Building
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Gold Coast Ghost Tours
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Top 10 Things to do in - Surfers Paradise and surrounds

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Surfers Paradise Beach
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iFLY
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Scenic Cruise
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Hinterland Tour
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Jet Boating
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Macintosh Island Park
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Aquaduck
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Beachfront Markets
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SkyPoint Climb
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Surfing
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1. Spend the day on Surfers Paradise Beach

Location:Main Beach

Set yourself up with a beach towel and umbrella on one of Queensland’s most popular beaches. A visit to Surfers Paradise almost isn’t complete without spending the day on the famous beach. The wide sandy beach comfortably accommodates the large crowds that visit on a daily basis. Though at times quite choppy, a swim in the ocean is a must. Dive under the crashing waves and wade in the cool waters, between the flags. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the day to ensure all swimmers are enjoying the beach safely and responsibly.

2. Go indoor skydiving at iFLY

Location:3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard

Try all the thrill of skydiving without the fear of jumping out of a plane at iFLY Surfers Paradise. This unique experience on the glitter strip will give you all the adrenaline and excitement an outdoor skydive delivers. Located the heart of Surfers, join in the fun and feel the feeling of complete weightlessness and perform all the aerial twists, turns and spins you like in a near-perfect simulation of the free-fall of dropping from 14,000 feet that standard skydives offer.

3. Go on a Scenic Lunch Cruise

Location:River end of Cavill Avenue

Enjoy a buffet lunch as you cruise through the luxurious canals in the heart of Gold Coast aboard Wyndham Cruises luxury vessel. Departing from a convenient point in Surfers Paradise, you’ll embark on an exclusive two-hour cruise accompanied by beautiful views and delicious food. Daydreaming will take hold as you cruise around the luxurious homes and sights of the region. You’ll then glide out onto the Southport Broadwater to soak in some extensive views of the coast’s skyline.

4. Explore the Hinterland

Location:Springbrook National Park

Though not technically in Surfers Paradise, visiting the hinterland is a must for those new to the region as it’s only a short distance away. Spend the day wandering around the lush green rainforest of the Springbrook National Park, getting up-close and personal with the area’s natural beauty. Relax as you watch the fresh water waterfalls cascade down the rugged cliff faces to fall tens of metres below.

5. Have fun on a jetboat

Location:30-34 Ferny Avenue

Embark on the ultimate Surfers Paradise adventure with a site on board the Coast’s premier jet boat ride. From the moment the boat departs from the heart of Surfers, you’re in for a treat. Reaching extreme speeds you’ll be whipped around the water in this 55-minute adventure, begging the skipper not to go back to shore.

6. Relax at Macintosh Island Park

Location:McIntosh Island

This little oasis is nestled away from the bustling lifestyle Surfers Paradise is known for. Pack yourself a picnic and make your way along the Gold Coast Highway to reach this hidden gem. Great for the whole family, the park has plenty of grassed areas and a great range of facilities open to the public. The park is easily accessible from the main road and offers abundant shade for escaping the heat on those sizzling Queensland days.

7. Jump aboard Aquaduck

Location:36 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Explore Surfers Paradise by land AND sea with a seat aboard the popular Aquaduck. This is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular tours and it’s for good reason! Your tour will begin exploring the famous views of Surfers Paradise, driving along the golden sandy beaches and passing some of the region’s five-star resorts such as Palazzo Versace and Sheraton Mirage. Buckle up as the duck soon ‘transforms’ into a boat and enters the water at the popular Broadwater Spit.

8. Browse the Beachfront Markets

Location:The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise Esplanade

For three nights a week, you can wander around browsing a range of stalls at the local Beachfront Markets. Perfect for treasure hunters, bargain spotters and those who just enjoy a stroll, the markets showcase around 120 local vendors selling a range of intricate and unique products. These markets are one of the Gold Coast’s largest and collectively all of the vendors sell a large variety of products. The list of products includes clothes, jewellery, art, photographs, beauty products, homewares and more.

9. Climb SkyPoint

Location:3/3003 Surfers Paradise Boulevard

For sweeping views of Surfers Paradise and its surrounding regions, the Sky Point climb is the ultimate choice. This must-do experience to the top of the famous Q1 building will give you a birds-eye-view of this stunning area; towering over the bustling world below and watching the waves crash from afar.

10. Learn to Surf

Location:Main Beach, Surfers Paradise

Learn to surf on one of Queensland’s most popular beach, Surfers Paradise Beach. Inch your way closer to becoming the next Quicksilver or Roxy Pro with a quick and easy lesson from an experienced surfer. With the help and guidance of these gnarly teachers, you’ll be in the water catching your first wave in no time.

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