Cavill Avenue is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. The road is closed to traffic, so it really is a Mall.
This area if full of outdoor eating areas, including coffee shops, cafes and restaurants. How nice to sit outside and enjoy a meal in a warm climate. It shouldn't be too hot, as the Ocean is only a few steps away.
Don't want to eat, no problem, as there is plenty of seating all along the way, just right for people watching!
Of course there are some other shops along here, I just think the area is made up mainly of eateries.
SURFERS PARADISE ON THE GOLD COAST - WORLD KNOWN!
Even on a wild and woolly Summer's day, Surfers Paradise was full of people. Why not, even though it was showery and blowing a gale, it was still warm, so why head indoors when you can relax on one of the many wooden seats just made for lying on and soaking up the sun and the sights!
Views of the beach, swimming, great weather and the breathtaking skyline are said to be the major drawcards for millions of visitors who come to the "Coast."
It's at Surfers Paradise where there are numerous cafe's, restaurant's, fashion, souvenir shops and many attractions. There are 14 shopping centres and arcades in Surfers Paradise and late night shopping is seven days a week,
Looking for accommodation, this area has 41% of the Gold Coast accommodation starting from quite cheap to expensive. I live close by, so no need to stay here, but if I were a tourist, I would love to have a beach & ocean view in one of the many high rise units. How many skyscrapers, I don't know! I have often tried to count them!
Surfers Paradise has Beachfront markets which have approx 120 stalls and are held every Wednesday and Friday night between 5:30pm and 10:00pm.
It is also the "night" hub of the Gold Coast.
If you are arriving by Bus, the Bus Station is in the heart of Surfers.
QDeck...... THE HIGHEST RESIDENTIAL TOWER IN THE WORLD.
THE 20TH HIGHEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD.
Wow!!! What fantastic 360 degree views there are from this tower!
If there was a Shark or a Whale in the Ocean, you would definitely see it from here. The views, Long, sandy white beaches, National parks & distant Mountains, Stacks of Skyscrapers, Canals and Boats galore, there was so much to see! I walked around and around many times, each time seeing something different, then eventually sitting down in one of the lounges and just enjoyed the scenery.
Powerful binoculars are located in different areas if you wish to see the scenery close up. Also, there is information written about the building, and it also shows you the distances to major towns of the world.
There is a QBar Cafe if you are feeling peckish, or want a drink, AND ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS, there is live DJ entertainment.
A QUICK 43 SECONDS TRIP TO THE 77TH FLOOR, AND YOU ARE THERE!!
Mind your ears!
FREE complimentary parking available from the entrance in Hamilton Avenue. This is great!
OPEN Sunday - Thursday 9 - 9pm
OPEN Friday - Saturday 9 - midnight ( after 8pm, 18yrs and over only admitted, smart dress apllies)
ADMISSION IN 2012....Adults $21 Children $12.50 Family pass 2+2 = $54.50
DAY & NIGHT PASS......Adults $29 children $16.50 Family pass 2+2 = $74.50
Choose from either the Day Climb or Twilight Climb
DAY TIME CLIMB TO THE SUMMIT OF Q1.......
PRICES start from $49 (child) and $69 (adult). You can check available dates and time during booking.
PRICES start from $69 (child) and $89 (adult). You can check available dates and time during booking.
Groups of up to 10 people are led by a fully trained Climb Leader. "SkyPoint Climb is a 90 minute experience from beginning to end involving a guided journey to the summit of the Q1 Residential Tower."
INCLUDED ARE......Climb Wear, including all weather suit, harness, cap and communication equipment;
Complimentary entry to the SkyPoint Observation Deck (level 77) on the day of your Climb;
Commemorative Climber Certificate;
Signature SkyPoint Climb cap
Complimentary group photograph.
Get chauffeured in a Hummer stretch limousine around Surfers Paradise with your friends on a Saturday night. Several companies offer package deals with meals and transfers. Share the ride with a few friends to make it more affordable.
Surfers Paradise attracts all sorts of visitors from your typical tourist to your tried & true globetrotter. Occasionally, you will bump into some people who make your trip a little more interesting. Unfortunately, I didn't spot the infamous meter maids in gold bikinis & cowboy hats who roller blade around and help put in coins into parking meters.
It's called Surfers Paradise after all. There are a number of surf schools in the area but better to select a reliable one that has a lower student-to-coach ration (max 6) so you will have some personalised lessons and coaching. Personal lessons are also available but will be costlier.
Remember to dress for the occasion, wetsuit preferred, no one wants to see your swim shorts fall when you ride the surfboard.
Surfers Paradise is lined with the longest beach with white surfs and soft sand. Park yourself at any part of the beach and catch some rays, and forget everything. Just remember when you want to take a dip into the ocean, stay within the red & yellow flag areas.
There are lifeguards watching but it's always good to practise your own safety.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not is a museum featuring hundreds of believe it or not exhibits, amazing stories, magic, mystery, incredible illusions, interactive displays and a couple of movies.
It is a self guided tour which takes you through twelve individually themed galleries and it takes an hour or so to complete the circuit.
Open between 9am and 11pm daily.
Admission Prices -
Child (5-12): $8.00
Under 5: Free
Infinity is a walk through maze filled with sound effects, funky music and illusions that seem to go on forever.
You will be provided with cotton gloves and socks for when you need to "feel" your way around the maze. The Infinity journey takes around 30 minutes and will challenge your senses and imagination.
No photography is allowed.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm except Christmas Day.
Entry Prices to Infinity -
Children:(12 Years and Under) $15.90
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $67
Imagine being strapped into a harness, attached to steel cables and then hauled 35m into the sky only to be released so you can fly at speeds of up to 130km/h!
If this is you then the Fly Coaster is your thrill.
Three intrepid thrillseekers
Trembling on their toes,
And taken to the toppermost,
Before they down they goes,
Screaming lungs for thrilling funs,
And adrenalin afterglows.
AU$39pp single fly
AU$35 double fly
AU$29 triple fly
One of Surfers' oldest attractions is the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. Take a self guided tour, through individually themed galleries, featuring hundreds of the worlds most unbelievable exhibits, amazing stories, magic, mystery, incredible illusions, fun interactive displays and two unforgettable movies. Tour lasts up to an hour or more.
Visit Kuranda when you are in Cairns: Kuranda is a relaxing town located in the rainforest highland west of Cairns. The cable car ride through the rainforest is a memorable experience. In Kuranda, you should watch the famous aborigine show, visit the art market and relax by the Barren River (see photo).
Visit Green Island when you are in Cairns: Green Island is a small island formed from corals and it is located in the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling in Green Island's shallow and very clear water is indeed a memorable experience. There are many colourful corals and fishes of all shapes and sizes. In many parts, the water is so shallow it reaches the knee level, and yet there are many fishes swimming around you !
Don't miss the Seal Detective Show and especially the dolphin show. It's brilliant.
To see these beautiful creatures, you can't help but fall in love with them.
I thought the only time we would get to see them was during the Dolphin Show, but even when not performing, their fenced lagoons are close to the park's walkways. As you can see in the travelogue, the dolphins were very curious and often came right up to the edge of their pool, where children could put their hands out and touch them, if the dolphins so chose.
Our visit to Sea World was the highlight of our 3 day trip. I'd go back there again next time, without hesitation. It's a huge park, but you can still get an intimate look at a lot of the animals. There's the ray pool, the Polar Bear enclosure, the seal show, fairy penguins pool, shark and tropical fish pool - and much much more, and all enclosures are nice and big for the animals who live there.
Q1 in Surfers Paradise is reportedly the highest residential building in the world, and therefore provides stunning views of the Gold Coast.
The glass-enclosed viewing deck, situated on level 77 and 78 - 230m above ground - provides 360 degree views and is Australia's only beachside observation deck.
You don't have to ascend the 1331 steps to get to the top - the world's fastest elevator will whisk you there in 42.7 seconds.
On a clear day you can see up to 80km! An adult day & night pass is $28.
It is open Sunday to Thursday 9am till 9pm and Friday to Saturday 9am till 12pm.