Surfers Paradise attracts thousands of visitors every year to its long sand beaches. It's not surprising so many local and international tourists alike flock here, with warm weather averaging 25 degrees Celsius year-round and in the region of 300 sunny days per year. The Queensland suburbs' popularity began after hotel owner Jim Cavill bought land in the area then known as Elston in 1920, and began attracting visitors. Eventually more hotels and shops started popping up and the Surfers Paradise we know and love today was born.
Here's what we love about Surfers Paradise in 2019.
Surfers Paradise Beach
Three kilometres of golden sand is enough to attract visitors in its own right. Considered one of Australia's best beaches with beautiful views out to sea, you can chill out and sunbathe, participate in games of volleyball or keep your cool with a swim in the sea.
If you've got time to spare, check out some of the other Gold Coast beaches too. There's many to choose from, such as Broadbeach, Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads Beach.
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Multiple big-name theme parks
Almost entirely situated on one road, there are enough Gold Coast theme parks here to keep you busy for as long as you care to stay. Warner Bros. Movie World can introduce you to your favourite characters during their street parade, workshops and special events, meanwhile Seaworld lets you get up close and personal to our favourite underwater inhabitants. Wet 'n' Wild is a great way to cool off during hot weather while never getting bored.
There's a great selection of entry passes available too, making your trip cost-effective as well as plenty of fun.
Night market shopping
Alongside some great shopping options during the day, Surfers Paradise Night Market allows you to carry on browsing well into the evening. Three nights a week the beachfront is packed with over 120 stalls selling everything you could imagine. It all kicks off at 4pm and continues until 9pm.
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One of best things about Surfers Paradise is that there's more activities available than we could count. If you're not content with sunny beach days or exhilarating theme park rides, the suburb offers so much more. You can take a hot air balloon ride, go sailing, fish for supper, ride on a jet boat, hike in the hinterlands, crazy golf, karaoke or investigate the local vineyards. Whether it's a romantic trip for two, a backpackers road trip stop or a family holiday, there's something to entertain everyone.
Of course, no visit to Surfers Paradise would be complete without learning to surf. There's plenty of schools with instructors ready to get you upright in no time, while leaving the big waves to the experienced!
Book your car hire from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane airport today.