Ask anyone if they have heard of Surfers Paradise and their answer is often along the lines of “Yeah, isn’t that the amazing surfing place in Australia?” But contrary to popular belief, Surfers Paradise (or simply “Surfers” as referred to by the locals) is not a surfing beach. It is more of a mixture of the Australian version of South Beach and Venice Beach.

Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise, Australia. Photo by Jerrah Biggerstaff via

Surfers Paradise is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Australia for both locals and visitors alike. Although the city of Surfers Paradise consists of only 20,000 people, many people consider it to be the capital of the surrounding suburbs that make up the Gold Coast Area.

Where to Stay in Surfers Paradise

There is a plethora of cheap hotels in Surfers Paradise. These options range from mid-range backpackers all the way to penthouse suites in prestigious buildings.

If you’re traveling on a budget then look no further than the Islander Backpackers Resort. This iconic backpackers and hotel is situated two blocks from the beach and one block from the main clubbing district. Although outdated, its premier location and affordable rates (as low as $23/night) make it a great option for backpackers.

Gold Coast Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia

Gold Coast Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia. Photo by Teresa Evangelista via

If you prefer something a little nicer, why not stay at the Q1 Resort & Spa (rates starting at AUD $159 for a one-bedroom apartment). This iconic high-rise building in Surfers held the title of the tallest residential building in the world between 2005 and 2011, and is still the tallest residential building in Australia.

Where to Eat in Surfers Paradise

Finding a place to eat is not hard in Surfers. Take one step out of your accommodation and on the streets and you will see everything from kebab shops to fine dining that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. If eating on a budget is not important then Benihana Japanese Steak House should be your first visit. It is rated number 1 by top traveling sites within Surfers Paradise, and the food is guaranteed not to disappoint. If you are looking for something cheap and cheerful, head to Delikatessen or Pita Pan Surfers Paradise—both are well priced and centrally located around the Soul entertainment area.

Beach in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Photo by 2 tickets to Wonderland via

Beach in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Photo by 2 tickets to Wonderland via

Where to Play in Surfers Paradise

If there is one thing Surfers Paradise is known for besides its beach, it is the partying. Cavill Avenue is where you will find the majority of the city’s bars and clubs. For live music and a pub atmosphere check out Waxy’s Irish Pub. It is located downtown and is a local favorite for Sunday sessions.

For those looking to take in the famous clubbing side of Surfers Paradise be sure to check out SinCity, Club LIV, and Vanity Nightclub. They are all located beside each other on Cavill Avenue, with SinCity famous for being open and busy seven days a week from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Beautiful sunrise on the beach in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Photo by Annette via

Beautiful sunrise on the beach in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Photo by Annette via

Wherever you end up staying, eating, and playing, Surfers will undoubtedly satisfy the party side of anyone and is a natural stop for most tourists traversing the eastern coast of Australia.

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Max once called Surfer Paradise his home, today he shares his tips for visiting this city. Learn where to stay, eat and play when visiting Surfers Paradise.