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Surfers Paradise Queensland

The resort of all resorts! The spotlight of Gold Coast, the prime spot of beachside entertainment in Gold Coast.


At a Glance

Surfers Paradise is one of the most luxurious tourist attraction in the world, a major entertainment hub that houses many events such as live music by artists known nationally and internationally. Aside from its glorious beaches, Surfers Paradise is also known to be the largest nightlife district in the area. Jointly, these make up what Surfers Paradise is about. Indeed, marketing efforts have been made to promote Surfers Paradise as a place of ‘sun, sand, surf and sex’.

The vibrant city of Surfers Paradise is by far the most iconic place in the Gold Coast, housing the world popular Surfers Paradise hotel of which the suburb is named after. It is also one of the vastly popular places in Australia with up to 20,000 visitors coming per day.


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Where is Surfers Paradise?

 

Surfers Paradise is 78 kilometres south of Brisbane.

Surfers Paradise is a coastal resort area and suburb in the heart of Queensland's Gold Coast city, located south of the state's capital, Brisbane. Running along the Nerang river, and is famous for its white sand beaches and amazing surfer swell. Just outside the Surfer Paradise area, the Gold Coast city offers its famous nightlife. Additionally, a short drive north will offer a wide variety of theme parks to enjoy, such as Dreamworld and Movie World. A quick 1 hour drive south will take you from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise although the train a slightly quicker option and make your journey a little more relaxed.


 

Things to see in Surfers Paradise

 

Surfer Paradise Beach

Throughout the year, our beach welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around the World.There will be lifeguard morning until evening during the weekdays and patrol lifeguard during the weekends and public holiday. There always a safe beach by putting flags on the beach. It is a great location to have a meal out or coffee/drink by the beach with a spectacular view early mornings it is just inviting, expansive, soft and easy. The beach itself is ok to swim at but a better place to swim in the morning because the wind can spoil it in the arvo, sometimes there's a bit of a drop/gully too, but a convenient place with all the attractions , shops and eateries nearby.

Surfer Paradise Beach

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Cascade Gardens

Cascade Gardens is one of the Gold Coast's favourite family picnic and barbecue spots. There are several options for your get together, with many barbecue and undercover picnic shelters. The riverside location gives the park a relaxed feel. Cascade Gardens is a peaceful sanctuary set back from the Gold Coast Highway. The huge playground will keep the kids entertained for hours! There is even a Liberty Swing, designed for children in wheelchairs to experience the fun of a swing.The gardens are home to one of the nation's most significant war memorials

Cascade Gardens

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Kurrawa Park

The entirely fenced playground features several zones of play to address the varied play abilities and ages. The community was heavily involved in developing the playground concept. Fun days, workshops, and creative arts school-based curriculum have all contributed to the playground design.The playground’s design features three zones – sandcastle, undersea and hill – all connected via a network of pathways and six interactive community art projects, created by 70 special education students from six local schools and local artists.

Kurrawa Park

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Theme Parks

The Gold Coast region in Queensland is well-known for its top-of-the-world theme parks. It can be considered the ‘theme park capital’ of Australia. It is home to Dreamworld, Australia’s largest theme park with a huge assortment of rides, shows and attractions. One notable ride in Dreamworld is The Tower of Terror 2, one of the tallest and fastest thrill rides in the world. Other theme parks include WhiteWater World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and the Paradise Country.

Theme Parks

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What's the weather like?

 

As the Gold Coast region is a relatively small area, most places in this region experience similar climates. The Gold Coast region is known for having humid subtropical climate with hot summer and warm winters. Rainfall is relatively rare except in the summer months where residents experience ‘the Summer blues’ as precipitation may be significant in forms of thunderstorms and sustained heavy rains. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 13°C.

 

Get to know Surfers Paradise's history

 

Surfers Paradise initially refers to just a hotel opened by Jim Cavill. It was one of the first attraction in Elston, Gold Coast. Its popularity has led to multitude of shops and services starting in the region. After some time, the area was vernacularly known as Surfers Paradise and Cavill pushed to have the suburb name changed from Elston to Surfers Paradise in 1933. There was a development boom in the subsequent year, leading to rapid growth of the region into an international tourism hub filled with iconic buildings and landmarks.

According to archaeologists, the area around Gold Coast were settled by native Australians for at least 23,000 years. It was first sighted by Captain James Cook in 1770 and Matthew Flinders in 1802. However, their sighting has generated little interest to colonisers and settlers. It was not until 1823 when John Oxley landed there, that settlers began to flock in the area. The abundance of redcedar in the hinterland attracted loggers to the regions, more settlers were drawn in as the surrounding valleys and plains were suitable for agricultural use, bolstering the cotton, sugar and cattle industries.

The region started to grow exponentially as coastal roads were built to connect the region to Brisbane. The completion of the Surfers Paradise hotel complex has also led to a tourism boom in the region. Post WWII, the region became a wildly popular destination by servicemen, resulting in significant inflation in real estates and goods and services in the area. That is the reason the area earned its name as ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1950s.

The recent years, the region began to boom as a result of improved infrastructure, growth in tourism and increased foreign investment, with several theme parks and high rise buildings being built. Today, Gold Coast is one of the most popular international tourist centre in the world.