Sun, sand and surf. To many people, Surfers Paradise is the quintessential Gold Coast holiday destination. Located about an hour's drive south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast
boasts more than 40 km of some of the best beaches in the world. And then there's the climate - 300 days of sunshine every year, with an average summer temperature of 20-28 degrees, and 11-21 degrees in winter.
Without a doubt, Surfers Paradise is the capital of the Gold Coast. With its distinctive high-rise skyline and beachfront esplanade, it offers something for everyone. Families enjoy the safe patrolled beach, the resort-style facilities and the many family entertainment outlets. Many enjoy the restaurants and nightlife, while others come for the excellent surfing. And of course there's always the opportunity to do a little people-watching in this endlessly fascinating, always changing environment.
Surfers is a shopping paradise, based around Cavill Avenue and Orchid Avenue. Check out the beachfront market on Friday evening for art and craft. Activities around Surfers include the beach (of course!), beach volleyball, go-karting and bungee-jumping. Art lovers will enjoy the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and the riverside sculpture walk. For a touch of the just plain weird, go to Ripley's Belive It or Not Museum.
Further afield, your trip to the Gold Coast would not be complete without visiting at least one of the theme parks. Closest is Sea World at Main Beach, while Dreamworld, Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild are further north towards Brisbane. Time your visit to the National Trust-run Currumbin Sanctuary for the daily rainbow lorrikeet feeding, when thousands of birds gather to be fed. A trip to the Gold Coast hinterland will reward with cool mountain air, stunning coastal views, waterfalls and bushwalks.
There are heaps of sporting events held throughout the year in and around Surfers Paradise, but the two stand-out events are the Gold Coast Marathon, held each July, and the Indy, held in October, when the streets of Surfers Paradise are filled with the roar of Indy cars.
Gold Coast Marathon (July), Indy (October), Schoolies Week (November)
Things to do:
Beach, swimming, surfing
Shopping - Cavill Avenue and Orchid Avenue
Gold Coast City Art Gallery - and the riverside sculpture walk
Ripley's Belive It or Not Museum - definitely weird!
In the area:
Theme parks - Sea World, Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild
Currumbin Sanctuary - rainbow lorrikeet feeding, native animals
Visit the hinterland - cool mountain air, views, waterfalls, bushwalks
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