Surfers Paradise Travel Guide

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Surfers Paradise Things to Do

  • Cruise the waterways

    There are several cruise companies and different types of cruises, such as coffee and cake 1h30 cruise, lunch cruises, sunset cruises, dinner cruises and more. We were told that Surfers Paradise has over 800 km of canal waterways, more than Venice and Amsterdam put together!

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  • CAVILL AVENUE

    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...

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  • SURFERS PARADISE

    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...

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Surfers Paradise Restaurants

  • MEALS UNDER $10

    My Oliver's Kitchen is the name of the Café/Restaurant at the SURFERS PARADISE SURF LIFE-SAVING CLUBOn a lovely sunny winters day in June, we came here with family for lunch. Olivers Kitchen is located across the road from the beach and has a wide variety of meals on the menu, all under $10 and for children under $7.50. There were a few more...

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  • Cute cafe at Budds Beach

    While strolling along River Drive on afternoon, I came across a quaint little cafe facing Budd's Beach. The cafe interior was quite small but looked comfortable and outdoor diners would be able to enjoy a view of Nerang River.When I entered, they weren't serving but had some nice looking cakes at the counter. These was the organic non-gluten...

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  • Authentic Japanese Food

    Yuuga serves some very good and authentic Japanese food (judging from the number of Japanese people eating here). You won't be able to find this restaurant from the street because it's located in a building at Cavill Avenue. The staff included Japanese wait staff who are friendly and courteous while the decor is traditionally Japanese (not the...

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Surfers Paradise Nightlife

  • Surfers Paradise Nightlife

    Surfers Paradise is awful for clubs. The music is dire top 40's/commercial mainstream music played by fake dj's. The music is the same in every club. You hear it in one, it's the same in the other. They use a program called nightlife, which is basically choose, click and play. There is no proper, real d.j talent in surfers. A majority of the bar...

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  • Surfers Paradise Nightlife

    Surfers Paradise offer a lot of nightclubs to cater for most people's taste.A lot of the clubs are similar, Melba's, The Bedroom, Cocktails and Dreams. Offering most of the commercial pop/R&B tracks. These places are always busy and packed with many people.Melba's would be the most popular but expect a decent line up in the summer time.Shooter's is...

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  • Surfers by Night Party Cruise

    This was a bar crawl with about 5 bars or so. Including a short boat trip with drinking games etc, Ticket price included entrance to all the bars/clubs and i think a free shot in each aswell. How good the night is totally depends on what other people are on the crawl but if you're happy to make the effort with strangers or theres a group of you...

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Surfers Paradise Transportation

  • Surfside Bus Service

    Surfside Bus Service is a great way to get around Surfers and to get to the Theme Parks. You can buy an Ezy Pass when you first board, and they can be valid for 3, 5, or 7 days. We did a 7 day pass for an adult its around $43 and you can you use the service as often as you like. This is great value for getting to and from the theme parks. You...

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  • Aquaduck

    For a unique and fun way to explore Gold Coast's landmarks and waterways, go on the amphibious aquabus "Aquaduck".The one hour round journey travels along the beachfront Esplanade, Narrowneck surfing beach to the Spit, viewing, Palazzo Versace, the Sheraton hotel, Sea World and Nara resort before driving straight into the Broadwater, Marina Mirage,...

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Surfers Paradise Shopping

  • 7 day late night trading

    Surfers Paradise is a 7 day late night shopping district on the Gold Coast with 13 shopping centres and arcades so be sure to fill your wallet and shop 'til you drop.

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  • Branded Outlet Bargains

    This shopping mall is situated about 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise along the Gold Coast Highway. Plenty of branded factory outlets where almost everything is at half the price. Brands like Nike, Levis, Addidas, Ripcurl, Billabong are all here. You can even get more exquiste brands like Polo Ralph Laurent here. Be sure to up your credit limit on...

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  • HRC

    Even in SP you can find an hard rock cafe with its own shop. It's particular for a big guitar at the entrnce of the shop/restaurant.

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Surfers Paradise Local Customs

  • METER MAIDS

    Surfers Paradise has some lovely young ladies dressed in a golden Bikini who are known as 'METER MAIDS"You may or may not come across them! They have been around [not the same girls] for 49years and you wouldn't believe what their job has been all that time.THERE JOB IS FEEDING THE PARKING METER WITH COINS SO THE TOURIST DOESN'T RECEIVE A FINE FOR...

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  • SAND SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

    The Australian Sand Sculpting Championships are held at Surfers Paradise every year in February. This year [2013], was only the second year of them being held. Unfortunately, terrible wild windy and wet weather was experienced, so when I went to see them, so of them had crumbled, what a shame. 2013 was known as 'SAND SAFARI," SO THE SCULPTURES WERE...

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  • Surfers Paradise Meter Maids!

    The glamorous Meter Maids are a Surfers Paradise icon and have been around since 1965. They walk around saving forgetful motorists from parking fines and they enjoy stopping for photos.

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Surfers Paradise Warnings and Dangers

  • Infinity Attraction

    Infinity is an attraction in Surfers Paradise. Do not take small children in here and do not go in here if you are claustrophobic. It is dark, it is claustrophobic. It will appeal to thrill seekers only. I took my 65 year old mother and my nieces, 8 and 11 years. They were terrified and cried the entire way through. Its a series of mazes of around...

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  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Surfers Paradise area due to the fact...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Surfers Paradise Tourist Traps

  • Stay away when there's any cars racing

    When you decide to visit Surfers atay away if there's any cars racing as streets are blocked off, barricades are everywhere and this is in the couple of weeks leading up to the event. The freedom passes for the Gold coast shuttle are useless because you have to hike miles to get the bus where as in ordinary times they'd be virtually at your door.It...

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  • Time Share Scams

    Watch out for people in Surfers Paradise (particularly at Chevron Renaissance) who offer you prizes for nothing. These are just scams to get you in to there time share seminars. You have to sit through a 2 hour session with a salesman trying his best to suck you into handing over alot of money, before they will give you your prize, which is not...

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  • Movie World - Hollywood on the Gold...

    Not too far from Surfer's Paradise is Movie World - a Warner Brothers studio recreated in Australia. I was expecting something big with 10+ rides & roller coasters, but it is a sorry excuse for a theme park. I am 24 and I really enjoy a good theme park, but this sucked. There are only a few roller coasters and not much else to do if you are over...

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Surfers Paradise What to Pack

  • SunBloc is an absolute must

    If you plan to go to Sea World, beach slippers/bathroom sleepers proove very comfortable. Swimwear for everybody is a must. If you are planning to go to Sea World, dont forget to to take your swimwear. There are couple of rides where everybody gets wet. Moreover, there are pools for kids and the surroundings are very well done. Gold Coast...

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  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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Surfers Paradise Off The Beaten Path

  • Currumbin Rock Pools

    The Currumbin Rock Pools are a must see if you get a chance, you can get to them from any part of the Gold Coast. Have taken a few of my friends from all over the world and they have all loved the place. There is the Currumbin Rock Pools and then there is the something national park. It isn’t called the something National Park I have just forgotten...

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  • Surfer's paradise

    I made decision to visit golden coast in a rush way, coz my flatmate was told to work over there on X'mas 2003. I didn't want to be alone at Sydney, so I taged along with her there for an almost free vocation. This is the 'surfer's paradise' beach where we spent in the first day afternoon. It may be the longest beach in Australia which is so...

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  • Currumbin - Not just about animals.

    Our miniature steam train winds throughout the park providing visitors with a description of what the Sanctuary has to offer.The Sanctuary is not just about animals - there's also plenty of native plant species throughout the park including our main flora displays such as the Wet Tropical Rainforest Aviary, Flora Gully, and the new Bush Tucker...

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Surfers Paradise Sports & Outdoors

  • SCUBA diving

    There are plenty of places here for SCUBA diving whether you are a complete beginner and wish to try diving, or a certified diver. Places to dive are Wavebreak Island, The Seaway, South West Wall, South Wall and North Wall. Plenty of parking, but entry to the Seaway here may be difficult for some. Need a post dive snack or drink? Then try the cafe...

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  • Beach

    The beach has nice, soft sand. It is a great place to just lay out and relax, swim, or people watch.

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  • Surfing

    As the name of the city indicates, this is a good place for surfing or watching surfers. Good, strong waves.

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Surfers Paradise Favorites

  • Fosters Lager.

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Australia it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the international...

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  • First beach with people

    We visited many places in Australia, but we had the first time a beach with people. I know, when we where there we had winter. But in Surfers Paradise in August we still had good time and good weather. After Melbourne thet was a real paradise. :)

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  • Big walkings

    We had big waling in the night and next day. We were shopping and we had a nice chinese "all you can eat" lunch. The hotels are like in Miami, Florida, but the weather was very nice. Good for look around.

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