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Things To See in Surfers Paradise, Australia

From world famous surf beaches to the largest variety of theme parks in the country, Surfers Paradise is one of the most exciting and fun places you will ever visit. Add to this the fact that the town is quite small, consisting principally of three streets, Cavill Avenue, Orchid Avenue and the Esplanade, and you have the perfect holiday destination.

Being a beach resort, Surfers Paradise offers a huge variety of water sports including wind surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing, paragliding and boating but as well as this variety of activity you can also bungee jump, hike, horseride or play at any one of the forty top golf courses, many of which are widely regarded as the most impressive on the planet.

As well as its beaches and theme parks, however, the shopping facilities in Surfers Paradise are also excellent. Renowned for its many boutiques and duty free style shopping you will find anything from arts and crafts markets to stores selling the highest of international designer fashion. Many of these are located along the beachfront and in the town centre but if you head to the surrounding area, you will find numerous large, modern shopping centres.

Among the most popular are the Dolphin Centre which features over fifty different stores, the Paradise Centre which also houses a bowling alley, a supermarket, a nightclub and several restaurants and the Raptis Plaza which is actually on the beachfront. Another shopping experience which you really shouldn’t miss is the night market on the beach, the perfect place to buy all your souvenirs.

If you want to avoid the crowds, and it’s pretty difficult in Surfers, it is recommended that you avoid the summer season which takes place between December and February. This is when most Australians visit and particularly the students of the nation. As well as being the most crowded, this is when temperatures are at their highest too so if you can, you might well want to avoid this period.

Attractions in Surfers Paradise

  • Currumbin Sanctuary

    Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    One of the many nature reserves and sanctuaries in the Gold Coast region, this is undoubtedly one of the best. Home to kangaroos, emus, wombats, koalas as well as many more native and international animals, the sanctuary is located in a large bushland park about eighteen kilometres south of Surfers Paradise. And, for a tour with a difference, try one of the ‘Wildnight Tours’ where you will see Tasmanian devils, flying foxes and all the other creatures that literally go bump in the night.

  • Wet 'n' Wild

    Oxenford, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Located about twenty kilometres north of Surfers Paradise, this is widely regarded as the best water-sports park in Australia. Covering almost ten hectares, the rides are as diverse as you will find anywhere in the world and include water slides where drops reach speeds of up to seventy kilometres per hour. Another added bonus is that all the slides and pools are heated in winter meaning it’s like summer all year round in the park. Also has picnic areas, barbecue facilities and sun beds and chairs where you can just lie back and relax for a while.

  • Frozenworld

    Corner of Gold Coast Highway & Ocean Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    A building full of sculptures carved from ice is not the type of attraction you might expect to find in a region where the sun shines for an average of three hundred days per year but this is exactly what Frozenworld is. Home to over fifty ice carvings of monuments from all over the world as well as the region’s only ice skating rink, it is probably the fact that it is such an unusual attraction that makes it so popular with visitors and locals alike.

  • Sea World

    The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    A twenty-five hectare marine park, Sea World is the largest attraction of its kind in Australia and the oldest theme park in the region. With numerous rides including a corkscrew rollercoaster and a rather scary journey into Lasseters Lost Mine, the emphasis at Sea World lies mainly on the amazing animal performances. These include dolphin, penguin and sea lion shows as well as the opportunity to feed the sharks. The human performances are extremely popular too and include water ski displays and aqua ballet.

  • Surfers Paradise Surfing School

    , Surfers Paradise, Australia

    One of the multitude of locations where all you novice surfers can learn and improve the tricks of the trade, it would be a pity not to learn when you’re in one of the top destinations in the world for lovers of the sport. All lessons are given by fully qualified instructors and all equipment is provided too. Apparently you will be riding the waves after just ninety minutes but how accurate this information is remains to be seen.

  • Movie World

    Pacific Highway, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Located twenty-one kilometres from Surfers Paradise, this attraction is one of the most popular in the entire country. Akin to the Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood, the park offers visitors the opportunity to experience all the thrills of making a move in fully interactive studios and sets. Among the major attractions are the Batman Adventure which includes a ride, a studio tour and a look at the special effects, the Police Academy Stunt Show and the Western Action Stage Show.

  • Dreamworld

    Pacific Highway, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Located across the street from Movie World you will find the Disney inspired Dreamworld. Home to one of the fastest and tallest rollercoaster rides in the world – the ‘Tower of Terror’ - as well as some of the most frightening (steer clear of Wipeout and Thunderbolt if this doesn’t appeal to you), visitors are in for a fun filled day. Also houses one of only two interactive tiger exhibits in the world where you can watch the Royal Bengal tigers while they perform. If tigers are a bit much, however, you can try feeding a kangaroo or cuddling a koala. And that’s just a small piece of what the park has to offer making it well worth a visit and it’s only twenty minutes north of Surfers Paradise.

  • Summer Cruises

    Various Locations, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    During the summer months one of the most popular attractions in Surfers Paradise are the numerous cruises which take place. Sailing around the harbour, along the canals or to South Stradbroke island, this is an extremely relaxing and satisfying way to spend a couple of hours. Departing from various points on The Spit or the Tiki Village Wharf at the river end of Cavill Avenue, ask in your hostel as prices and cruises vary quite a bit so it’s worth shopping around.

  • Bungee Jumping

    Various Locations, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    As well as the host of water sports on offer, a great deal of visitors to Surfers Paradise also avail of the numerous bungee jumping facilities in the region. A common activity carried out by visitors to Australia, head to Bungee Down Under which you will find right beside Sea World or to Surfers off Ferny Avenue if you feel brave enough. And, if you do pluck up the courage to take the plunge, ensure that you get a photograph or video of the event to let the folks back home know just how exciting your trip was.

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