Surfer’s Paradise is a suburb of the Gold Coast and is located on the coastline of Queensland south near the border of New South Wales so it is centrally located to families in Brisbane, Sydney or any points in between. It’s wide surf beach and abundant entertainment makes it one of the top tourist destinations in Australia, attracting visitors from all over the world. There is plenty to see and do in the surf, sand, and city that is Surfer’s Paradise.

Surfers Paradise Beach

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Surfers Paradise Map

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Renting a Car for a Surfer’s Paradise Holiday

Surfers Skyline

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Surfers Paradise Car Hire Map

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Surfer’s Paradise is located within the Gold Coast on the east coast of Australia in Queensland. It is 69 kilometres south of Brisbane, or about an hour long trip by car. If you are up for a road trip, Gold Coast is about a 9 hour road trip north of Sydney. There is also an airport located in nearby Coolangatta. You can hire a car at a number of different locations because you will want to be able to have the freedom to travel around on your own and visit all of the best holiday spots in the area at your leisure. Use the rate quote form on our site to find the best car rental rates for Surfer’s Paradise or anywhere in Australia. A rental car allows you to come and go as you please on your own time and not anyone else’s schedule. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel plans so that they can recommend the best vehicle for your needs and give you all the insider safety and travel tips.

The Gold Coast, Queensland

Theme Park Capital

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Surfer’s Paradise is a suburb of the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is known as the amusement park capital of Australia with parks like Warner Brothers Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld, and Whitewater World. If theme parks aren’t your thing, there is still plenty to do in Gold Coast including visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the Tamborine Rainforest, and learn about history at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. In addition to all that, some of the best beaches in the world are located in Gold Coast:

  • Currumbin Beach
  • Kurrawa Beach
  • Narrowneck Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Tugun Beach
  • And of course, Surfer’s Paradise

For more in-depth details about things to do on holiday in Gold Coast, see our previous blog covering Gold Coast, Queensland.

Things to Do in Surfer’s Paradise

Surfing at Surfers Paradise

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Since Surfer’s Paradise is a tourist destination, you can bet there is always something on and plenty to see and do. When you aren’t on the beach or in the water, there’s plenty to enjoy on land and in the city. Enjoy restaurants, shops, nightlife, and choose from tours and charters to fill your holiday with fun and adventure.

Fun in the Sun


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Beach Volleyball

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Of course, the number one thing to do in Surfer’s Paradise is play on the sand and in the surf. There are 3 kilometres of beach that lead up to the refreshing water of the Pacific Ocean. The surfing, of course, is renowned. Surfers of all skill levels can enjoy the sport here. The gentle shore breaks and challenging banks allow everyone to be able to try it out. If you don’t know how to surf, you can learn right here by hiring one of two popular local surf schools located right here on Surfer’s Paradise Beach. Beach Volley Ball is very popular on Surfer’s Paradise Beach. Players come from all over Australia to play here. There are plenty of other things to do in the water including SCUBA, snorkelling, boarding, fishing charters, and much more.

Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club

Lifeguard Surfers Paradise Beach

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Surfers Paradise Beach Lifeguard Tower 34, just alongside the arched Surfers Paradise sign, is manned by Gold Coast City Council Lifeguards 365 days a year on the following schedule:


  • December to January – 7:30am to  6:30pm
  • February to March – 8am to 6pm
  • April to November – 8am to 5pm


  • May to September – 8am to 5pm

Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club members patrol weekends and public holidays from mid-September to the first weekend in May on the following schedule:

  • December to January – 7am to 6pm
  • September to November – 8am to 5pm
  • February to May – 8am to 5pm

Always swim within the red and yellow flags. If you do not see the flags, ask a lifeguard if it is even safe to swim. Be alert, and monitor beach conditions and heed all safety warnings. Practice the popular motto activity: “slip, slop, slap” which means slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, and try to stay in the shade whenever possible. Reapplying sunscreen SPF 15 or higher is recommended several times a day.

Surfer’s Paradise Beachfront Markets

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Surfers Paradise - Beachfront Markets

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Over 100 market stalls line the street along Paradise Beach on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights, weather permitting. If you are looking for a souvenir, a treasure, or a bargain, you are sure to find something unique and amazing to remember your holiday in Surfer’s Paradise. The market features a variety of vendors selling anything and everything including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products, home wares, gifts, handmade crafts, and much more.

Surfers Paradise Dining and Nightlife


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Surfers Paradise - Nightlife

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The restaurant scene in Surfer’s Paradise is filled with variety, fresh foods, gourmet eats, and delicious hospitality. You will have no shortage of foods or styles to choose from. After dinner is done, then there are a host of nightclubs, bars, and pubs you can choose to extend your night and your holiday. The Gold Coast is Australia’s amusements park capital, and Surfer’s Paradise is Australia’s nightlife capital. The stylish establishments that make up the nightlife scene here offer a wide variety of different styles and experiences. There is always something for everyone.

Events in Surfer’s Paradise

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New Years Eve

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There is never a shortage of things to do in Surfer’s Paradise. In addition to all of the daily happenings, there are plenty of special events that take place in Surfer’s Paradise each year. Christmas falls right in the middle of summer in Australia, and the children are out of school on summer break. You can decide to spend your Christmas in paradise, and we take that quite literally around here. There is also a big New Year’s Eve celebration in Surfer’s Paradise. In the fall, there are quite a few hot air balloon events for the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Days, and Mother’s Day. The Gold Coast Film Festival takes place in April, and the Magic Millions Barrier Draw horse race happens in January.

Surfer’s Paradise Skyline

Surfers Paradise Skyline

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The Q1 Queensland One tower is the tallest residential skyscraper in the world and one of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a pinnacle of the Surfer’s Paradise and Gold Coast skyline. Surfer’s Paradise is a well-known tourist area; in fact, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. However, it is also home to a famous skyline filled with high rises towering above the sand and surf.