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Surfers Paradise Cavill Avenue

Named after Jim Cavill, the original hotelier who effectively gave birth to Surfers Paradise tourism, Cavill Avenue and Cavill Mall are the focal point of the Gold Coast. Lined with shops, nightclubs, bars and fast food outlets, the street has recently undergone some landscaping.

The street stretches from the famous 'Surfers Paradise' sign next to the beach on The Esplanade, down through an array of restaurants, shops and nightclubs. There's lots of surf art and regular live music performances from buskers lining the street at night to pub bands. The arcades and streets nearby are the real heart of Surfers Paradise, with fantastic (cheap) Asian food, surfboard shops, tattoo parlours, T-shirt emporiums and secret nightclub doors.

In the foreground of the photo, you can see the famous guitar at the entrance of the popular Hard Rock Cafe.The cafe sadly closed down in 2022, after its 26th anniversary and was replaced by a sports bar. Turning left at the old Hard Rock sign will take you towards the Surfers Paradise beach while turning right will take you down to the riverside.


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Accommodation in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise has accommodation options that cater to every traveller's taste and budget! Nestled along Australia's Gold Coast, this vibrant city offers a diverse range of lodging. Families adore the abundance of reasonably priced 2 and 3-bedroom holiday apartments within strolling distance of the pristine beaches.

For those seeking luxury, discover the latest additions like Peppers Soul and Hilton Hotel, enhancing the skyline alongside trendy spots such as The Island and QT. Known favourites such as Q1, The Marriott, and Paradise Resort continue to charm families and visitors alike.

Budget-savvy adventurers need not worry; Surfers Paradise ensures affordability with older properties, hostels, and backpacker havens just a stone's throw from the coastline.

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Things To Do In Surfers Paradise

Discover an abundance of activities in and around Cavill Avenue and Cavill Mall. 

Enjoy the beach, shop till you drop, try thrilling experiences, savour delicious food, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Get ready for endless fun and excitement right at the heart of Surfers Paradise. With so much to explore, your adventure starts here!

Get the thrill of skydiving without fear with this super awesome Gold Coast indoor skydiving experience! Located in the middle of Surfers Paradise, join in the fun and the feeling of complete weightlessness while performing all the aerial twists, turns and spins you like in a near-perfect simulation of the free-fall of dropping from 14,000 feet that standard skydives offer. Enjoy your time in mid-air as the powerful fans have you feeling like a superhero.

Location: 3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

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Infinity is a mind-blowing journey into a spectacular and interactive futuristic maze-like world of wonder. Made up of an extraordinary series of around 20 multi-sensual environments that are filled with unique special effects, atmospheric sound fields, ultra-groovy music and illusions. Travel to another universe and enjoy the sights and sounds, offering great family fun in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Located at the Chevron Renaissance.

Location: G31 Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise

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SkyPoint has been transformed from a room with a view to an exciting tourism experience to showcase the 360-degree beauty of the Gold Coast from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. Hop on board the fast elevators at Q1 Resort, taking you from the ground to Level 77 in just 42.7 seconds. Like some adventure? Why not try the new SkyPoint climb! You can even get a combo pass to visit SkyPoint, Dreamworld & WhiteWater World.

Location: Level 77, Q1 Building, 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise

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Take a self-guided tour through themed galleries featuring hundreds of unbelievable exhibits, amazing stories, magic, mystery, incredible illusions, interactive displays and more at Ripley's believe it or not. You'll see a piece of Mars rock from the Red Planet, survive a walk through Australia's only double spinning tunnels, discover rare artifacts in the Egyptian tomb, marvel at the world's smallest car, be entertained by “Ripley's Fab Four” and more. 

Location: Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

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Experience a Gold Coast tour with a fun difference aboard the Quack'R'Duck! Set off from the heart of Surfers Paradise on this Gold Coast duck bus tour for a journey both along the roads and continuing to the Gold Coast Broadwater. Then enter the water aboard the same vehicle as it's amphibious! Kids love the excitement and watery fun as we splash into the water, transitioning seamlessly into a relaxing and informative and entertaining cruise around the Marina Mirage and its surroundings.

Location: 7 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise 

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Calling all adrenaline junkies, this activity is for you! Jet Boat Extreme departs from the heart of Surfers Paradise and is jam-packed with fun, adventure, thrills and beautiful scenery. The twin jet-powered 600hp turbocharged jets will give you 360-degree spins, power slides and amazing speeds through the Gold Coast Broadwater and Seaway. Slide along sandbanks and pristine beaches and be warned, you're going to get a little wet!

 Location: 30 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD

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Dive in board first and experience surfing on the world famous Surfers Paradise Beach with this fully guided lesson. You'll feel like a pro in no time as you're taught how to paddle, stand and balance to ride that wave back to shore. After a lesson on land you'll take to the waters to put your new skills into action and hopefully nail a few of those waves. The lesson runs for a total of 2 hours and in that time you'll receive all of the necessary instructions to build up your confidence. 

Location: Shop 26a Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise, QLD

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