The capital of the Gold Coast conurbation on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, Surfers Paradise is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Australia, taken in by more than just its name. Primarily, it is a hotspot for people wanting to head to the beach and catch a few waves, but there’s plenty besides the shore.
Acting as a massive resort, Surfers Paradise has a number of luxury apartments overlooking the sea and the rest of the Gold Coast. It also has plenty of bars, restaurants and its own indoor shopping mall if you fancy a little change of pace. Whenever you come, you’re likely to be greeted by warm, sunny weather on an almost daily basis!
A small car would be the best possible thing to have for parking, which is occasionally an issue in Surfers Paradise. It would also be handy for navigating some of the tighter corners.
If you want see the whole of the Gold Coast, then the place to be is Q1, a 323 metre-high skyscraper which is the tallest in Australia. Although it’s a residential building, Q1 does allow you to go to the top floor to take advantage of some stunning views.
No trip to Surfers Paradise should come without a trip to the beach. Here, you can go surfing, swimming or, if you want to do something a little more sedate, perhaps just lie down on the beach and let the sun do its work!
Cavill Mall is the main shopping mall in Surfers Paradise. It has dozens of stores where you can pick up some surfing supplies, get a brand new wardrobe or buy something a little classier for that evening meal after a day of riding the waves.
Elsewhere in the Gold Coast, you could always head further inland to Tamborine Mountain, a small town which is a world away from the skyscrapers and boutique hotels of Surfers Paradise. It has wineries, fudge shops and restaurants serving authentic Aussie cuisine.
In Surfers Paradise, there are parking meters on many of its streets. However, free parking is available just a few blocks away from its centre.
Typical charges for parking in the area are around AUS$1 per hour, especially near the shopping centres.
Morning rush hours in the Gold Coast area on weekdays are between 7am and 8.30am. In the evenings, traffic peaks between 3.30pm and 5pm.
Gold Coast Airport is 16 miles south of Surfers Paradise. It has one main passenger terminal and offers flights to other parts of Australia and New Zealand as well as major cities in Asia such as Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.
The airport is located right next to the A1 Gold Coast Highway. Take the Gold Coast Highway northbound until it becomes Remembrance Drive. Then, you‚Äôre in Surfers Paradise.