Surfing Surfers Paradise
The long stretch of white sand that is Surfers Paradise can be great for learning to surf during small swells. Progressing surfers will also find more space to catch green waves here when the well known spots to the south are too crowded.
Warm all year round, Surfers attracts sun-seekers looking to party and families in search of a budget beach holiday destination close to fun parks.
With theme parks close by plus loads of accommodation, shops, bars and restaurants, Surfers will long be a favourite for anyone wanting an action packed beachside holiday.
90 minutes drive south from Brisbane or 11 hours drive north from Sydney.
The closest station is Robina, which links with Brisbane (including Brisbane Airport). Shuttle bus services then connect to Surfers (10 minutes). The train line doesn't link from NSW in the south.
Greyhound (13 14 99) links from all directions daily.
30 minute drive from Gold Coast & 90 minutes from Brisbane Airports serviced by all domestic airlines.
Con-X-ion Coaches, Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle, Gold Service Airport Transfers.
Discover & surf the best of the Gold Coast & Quensland by renting a car or campervan.
Where To Sleep
Main Beach Tourist Park, Broadwater Tourist Park, Ocean Beach Tourist Park.
Hostels in Surfers Paradise
Hotels & Apartments in Surfers Paradise
Between Surf Sessions
What to see & do
Visit Sea World, Dreamworld or WhiteWater World for some theme park fun (30 minutes by car).
Take the plunge & bungee jump right in the heart of Surfers Paradise with Bungy Australia.
For many, surfing and the beach are mere distractions from the giddy nightlife scene that exists here. Cavill Avenue is where you'll find a heap of pubs, clubs & live entertainment.
Where to eat & drink
Restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, bars, pubs and clubs offer the lot and are found all through out Surfers Paradise. Cavill Avenue is a great starting point to check out what is on offer.
Surfers Paradise Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids
The long and exposed stretch of beach between Main Beach and Broadbeach provides great waves for practising surfing. Here you'll find plenty of space and options to choose a spot up or down the beach. For more info on the best beginner surf spots here and around the Gold Coast click on the landmarks on the map below.
Good To Know...
During big surf avoid the rips and longshore gutters that form along the beaches here. Many rips flow out to sea at varying angles and can be a challenge to identify for inexperienced surfers. Observe signs on the beach indicating where the rips are or to learn more on how to avoid a rip, take a surfing lesson.
At the southern end of the Gold Coast lies a few world famous point breaks. Here the resident surfing population dominates the line up with a level of surfing that is world class. The quality of these waves plus the allure of surfing amongst the worlds best attracts big crowds (we are talking hundreds of surfers fighting for a wave at times). So, apart from really small days when the vibe is mellower, attempting to catch a wave here can be a frustrating experience. Stick to the lesser hyped beach breaks around Main and Broadbeach and between the points for less crowds.
Thousands of graduating secondary students (schoolies) celebrate in Surfers Paradise at the end of November each year, making for one busy (and at times messy) week. Celebrating Schoolies week is a rite of passage for young Australians and most scholies have the time of their lives. If however you're looking for a mellow holiday experience, then avoid the last two weeks of November.
If the highrise buildings, shopping malls, theme parks and partying all get a bit too much, head south to Currumbin to check out the quieter beaches and the wildlife sanctuary. With a car, drive up to the world heritage listed Lamington National Park (one hours drive) for a beautiful Australian rainforest experience. As you walk through this pristine environment you'll be dwarfed by ancient Antarctic Beech trees and can stop and cool off beside gorgeous streams and waterfalls.
Paradise Surf World
Quiksilver Boardriders Club
Dino's Ding Repairs
Narrowneck Longboard Club
North End Boardriders Club