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Surfers ParadiseGold Coast Suburb Profile

Surfers Paradise is the tourist centre of the Gold Coast and is one of Australia's favourite holiday places drawing over 4 million visitors each year. There are superb white beaches, clear blue waters and sparkling high rises. Alot of work has gone on to beautify the main streets of Surfers Paradise through The Heart of the City Scheme.

There is a mix of real estate available in the area from older buildings lining The Esplanade, newly developed elite residential towers as well as a lot of short and long term rental properties. Surfers Paradise is located on a narrow strip between the famous Surfers Paradise Beach and the Nerang River, with Broadbeach to the south and Main Beach to the north.

Within Surfers Paradise are the popular neighbourhoods and localities of Budds Beach, Chevron Island, Paradise Waters and Isle of Capri, each with their own little villages and strong sense of community. 

There are numerous new high rise developments - Q1 billed as one of the world's tallest residential tower has become one of Surfers Paradise's landmark buildings - visit the observation deck and have a look at the unsurpassed views from Byron to Brisbane.

Surfers Paradise Recreation

You will never be short of something to do in Surfers Paradise. During the day you can relax on the famous sands of Surfers Paradise Beach under the watchful eye of the Lifesavers. Cool yourself down in the ocean or paddle out and catch some waves on your board.

Remember to check the Beach Safety signs as these will give you a good idea on the water conditions and also if there are any nasty blue bottles or jelly fish in the water.

After a long day at the beach - grab some dinner at one of the many restaurants and take yourself out for a night dancing with friends. Surfers Paradise is party central of the Gold Coast. Most of the clubs and bars are along Cavill Avenue, Orchid Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway. There is always a new bar emerging on the scene.

Surfers Paradise also lights up when the Armor All Gold Coast 600 comes to town. By day, the streets are buzzing with fast cars and the pavement awash in people. By night, the party really gets started.

Schoolies Week held annually for high school leavers is just another excuse to party. For 3 weeks Surfers Paradise is taken over by year 12 leavers enjoying their first breath of freedom.

Don't be mislead - Surfers Paradise is also a great place for families with lots of wonderful restaurants catering to families, amusement arcades and places to hire bodyboards and learn to surf schools on the beach, plus many tourist attractions such as Ripley's Believe It Or Not, the Gold Coast Wax Museum, Infinity, Draculas Haunted House and numerous cruises and tours departing from here. Just make sure you remember the sunscreen.

Surfers Paradise Shopping

Surfers Paradise is also a shoppers paradise. From chic stores along Elchorn Avenue, Duty Free and Souvenir shops along the Gold Coast Highway and Surf Wear that lines Cavill Avenue, there is definitely something for everyone's tastes in this bustling centre. Many of the stores stay open until late at night so you can indulge in a night time retail fix.

Friday nights along The Esplanade is the Surfers Paradise Lantern Craft Markets. This part of The Esplanade is closed off and the boardwalk brightens with stalls ranging from food, ceramics, glassware, candles and other craft wares.

There are also main shopping centres in the area - Chevron Renaissance, Circle on Cavill, Cavill Lane, Soul Boardwalk and the Paradise Centre.

Surfers Paradise Education

Primary Schools

  • Surfers Paradise - located on the Isle of Capri
  • St Kevin's Catholic Primary
  • Benowa Primary
  • Bellevue Park

High Schools

  • Benowa
  • Southport

Surfers Paradise Medical Facilities

Surfers Paradise is located close to the Gold Coast's major hospitals - Pindarra, Allamanda and the Gold Coast Hospital.

Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images

Surfers Paradise Map

Things to do and seeOn the Gold Coast in Queensland

Theme Parks

Combo passes & packages

Free things to do

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


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