Laura takes Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Australia for both locals and visitors alike. Is a suburb within the local government area of City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Surfers Paradise had a population of only 20,000 colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach (Look at that Photo!)

Laura is the eldest of my two little sisters. She went to Australia for 3 months to get a UFO English diploma in Langports. Is a course to improve your grammar, writing, reading, listening & speaking. I’m so proud at her! She’s living with my other little sister Patricia and their mother in Switzerland since some years now.

Well if we see the photos and hear the name Surfers Paradise, you instantly think –Amazing surfing place. But contrary to popular belief, Surfers Paradise is not a surfing beach. It is more of a mixture of the Australian version of South Beach and Venice Beach.


Of course Laura explored the whole area, she loves to travel, meet new people and sightsee as a local like her big sister!  Let’s read her recommendations and things to do in this beautiful paradise.


Laura is a water baby! She loves beaches, rivers, waterfalls, everywhere where she can enjoy water, so 80% of her free time she spent it visiting the beaches and some sanctuaries. But you don’t have to be a surfer or even a water baby to enjoy them, just play on the sand, get some tan lines. Most of them have grassland, playgrounds, and BBQ areas.

Favorite Gold Coast Beaches:

  • Rainbow Bay
  • Coolangatta / Greenmount Beach
  • Currumbin / Currumbin Creek
  • Tallebudgera Creek
  • Burleigh Heads
  • Broadbeach

Good to know – Don’t forget!

  • Sunshade or beach umbrella
  • Sunglasses and Hats
  • Water & Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels

Good times and night life:

My sister is in her early 20s, of course she knew several of the clubs and these were her 3 favorites spots:

  • Cocoon (Ultra lounge, bar and dining) – is a sophisticated new internationally-inspired waterfront venue that is being hailed a first for the Gold Coast. 

  • Beergarden (Mostly Hip Hop) – Is a favorite in Surfers Paradise and the home of the best live music on the Gold Coast. 

  • Melbas (Latin Music) – has been delivering the best in Gold Coast entertainment since 1981. Located in central Surfers Paradise on Cavil Avenue, Melbas is a dynamic entertainment hub reflecting the personality of the Gold Coast as Australia’s premier entertainment destination.

Surfers Paradise is a little bit expensive area but there are things to do for free or cheap on the Goald Coast. So if you’re planning a trip to the Gold Coast soon, hopefully these tips she shares will help you save a few bucks.

Cycle the Gold Coast Oceanway  

Is a network of pathways along the beaches of the coast which range up to 4km long and are popular with cyclists and walkers.

You can go from Point Danger Lighthouse (Coolangatta) in the south to the Gold Coast Seaway (The Split) in the north. This would make for a fantastic day out to get some exercise, fresh air, and take in the magnificent coastal views (Bring plenty of water)

Photo: The Split 



Free lorikeet feeding at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

If you don’t want to pay the $49 admission price to see all the Aussie animals and the adventure side of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, twice per day at 8am and 4pm you can feed the wild lorikeets for FREE!

Go walking on the coast OR in a National Park

Walking is free, good for you, and one of our favorite ways to explore a destination.

Photo: Currumbin Animal Sanctuary



Check the list:

  • Burleigh Heads National Park
  • Federation Walk
  • Springbrook National Park
  • Lamington National Park
  • Coolangatta to Point Dangar
  • Tamborine Mountain

Other must do:

  • Visit the Goald Coast Highest Attraction: Skypoint Observation Deck

The SkyPoint Observation Deck is located on Level 77 of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise.

SkyPoint is Australia’s only beach side observation deck where you can sit back, relax and grab a bite to eat from the licensed Seventy7 Cafe & Bar and enjoy the unsurpassed 360 degree views of the Gold Coast beaches to the hinterland and beyond.

  • Shop at the Gold Coast markets

Wherever we go we always try and hit up the local markets, she was amazed with all the choices of markets open on the Gold Coast. From fashion to farmers markets, to art & craft, to music to everything in between.

They are all free to attend and quite often there are lots of free samples on offer, or bargains. Locals love to have picnics and BBQ’S.

Check the list:

  • Burleigh Farmers Markets – Every Saturday at Burleigh Heads State School this gourmet food market with locally grown fruit and vegetables, bakery, meat, fish, deli, plus live entertainment and a great vibe!
  • Miami Marketta – Every Friday and Saturday it comes alive with street food, live music, boutique wine and craft beer.
  • Miami Farmers Market –The area’s first truly Organic Growers Market straight from the farm.
  • The Village Markets – Is the original boutique fashion and lifestyle market plus live local music and food from around the world thanks to the lineup of food trucks.
  • Marina Mirage Farmers Market – Held every Saturday. Located at Seaworld Drive on the Broadwater Spit, Main Beach, opposite the Sheraton Mirage Resort.
  • Carrara Markets – Over 500 stalls and a Gold Coast institution with locals and tourists looking for a bargain. Open every Saturday and Sunday
  • Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets – Every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday nights along the beach Esplanade at Surfers. Over 100 stalls and would be especially nice on a warm evening.
  • Famous Beachfront Markets – Each Sunday in a different beachside location from Broadbeach, to Coolangatta to Burleigh.


She definitely had a blast and her title. Looking forward to go and explore myself this amazing area of Australia!

Muah! – Joa


  • Ambuj Saxena

    Thank you for taking me through the Surfers’ paradise. I have heard about it umpteen times but never got to witness it. At least through your post I have a better idea and amazing amount of information!

  • Tifanee

    How funny that Sufers Paradise isn’t really a surfer’s paradise. Ha! I still need to get to Australia one day. I know it’s one of those expensive countries, but it’s still worth going! Great tips

  • Jem

    Lots of useful info! Beautiful pics as well. I love the beach and as Aussie is so close to us here in NZ I really should get over there one day!!

  • Chad

    Love the post. I’ve done a bit of traveling around Australia but haven’t made it to the Gold Coast as of yet. Hopefully, that will be the next trip 🙂

  • amit

    This is a very well written and thought out piece on Surfers Paradise. The way you’ve structured the post really gives a nice insight into it. I lived and traveled in Aus for 2 years and I have to admit though, Surfers isn’t my favorite place, it just didn’t appeal to me like other Australian cities and coastal towns did (I lived in Sydney, so that may have something to do with it haha) However that is just my opinion on it and not to put anybody off it.

  • lexieanimetravel

    Australia is indeed a wonderful country, I’ve heard that you can also find good waves for surfers. Surfers Paradise is fantastic, knowing that its not just a surfing beach which means its open for all I would love to visit there and take photos of those surfers and the great waves.

  • Anna

    Love to read the adventures of your sister! So many great tips and inputs included in this post, ill definitely save it for my next visit to Australia. I did not know there were so many markets in Gold Coast, I love food and really wanna go visit some of the ones you suggested. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Rahat Arora

    Australia is in top in my list. I like this place very much and thanks for sharing about surfers paradise which must to do and I am bookmarking this post and will use this post when I visit Australia.

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