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How to Spend 1 Day in Surfers Paradise

How to Spend 1 Day in Surfers Paradise

Surrounded by the turquoise Pacific Ocean and the canals of the Nerang River, Surfers Paradise is one of Queensland’s most popular destinations, known for its white-sand beach, skyscrapers, and lively restaurant and bar scene. Here are our favorite ways to spend 24 hours in paradise.

 

Morning: See the sights

Get oriented with a trip to the top of the Q1 building. On the observation deck, sit down to breakfast at the SkyPoint Bistro + Bar, and savor sweeping views of the ocean, endless shoreline, and neighboring high-rises. If you’re not into heights, stick to sea-level sightseeing—most city tours stop at attractions such as Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage. 

 

Afternoon: Hit the beach

The name says it all—Surfers Paradise Beach is indeed a surfing mecca, where water lovers of all levels ride the Pacific waves. A surfing lesson is a great way to get a taste of the local experience, but other activities are available too (e.g. kayaking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboarding). Alternatively, head out on a jet boat adventure or lunch cruise—or just chill out on the beach.

 

Night: Enjoy the nightlife

Surfers Paradise is no sleepy coastal hamlet—bars and clubs abound, drawing visitors from across the country and across the globe who go to party till they drop. If you’re not sure where to find the hot spots, a club tour or bar crawl is a fun option, and usually allows you to skip the entry lines. For travelers not into the spring-break-style vibe, the beach beckons for a sunset or stargazing stroll.

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Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience

Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience

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Experience the nighttime enchantment of Mt Tamborine National Park on this unique 4WD rain forest walk and glowworm tour. At the mountain summit, stop for a light supper of cakes and hot chocolate, and soak up views of the twinkling Gold Coast from a lookout. Then, observe nocturnal wildlife by torchlight with a guided bushwalk through the rain forest, where you’ll come across an ethereal waterfall illuminated by glowworms.
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Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

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Journey into the hinterlands on this 5-hour afternoon tour of the Springbrook National Park from the Gold Coast. Explore the UNESCO-listed Goondawanna rainforests by coach, stopping to walk through the jungle, peek into ancient caves and enjoy views of Mount Warning from the Best of All Lookout.  Visit natural wonders like Purling Brook Falls, Numinbah valley and Rainbow Falls, and soak up the scenery from the Canyon Lookout. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people for a personalised experience, and includes hotel pick-up and afternoon tea.
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Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast

Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast

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Take to the skies for an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the Gold Coast hinterland. Departing from your Gold Coast accommodation, soar over beautiful vineyards, pastures, and forests as the landscape is bathed in the golden morning light. Choose from two flight lengths, and cap off your thrilling morning with a savory sparkling wine breakfast and cellar door visit at O'Reilly's homestead and boutique vineyard.
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Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
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Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

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Start your day off right with a half-day kayak tour to South Stradbroke Island. Enjoy a great vantage point on the beaches and wildlife of the Gold Coast as you paddle at a leisurely pace, stopping to snorkel off Wavebreak Island, visit secluded beaches, and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the beach. Your expert guide shares informative commentary about the region's ecology and animals, and provides full instruction on kayaking and snorkeling — making this tour suitable for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.
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Learn to Surf at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast

Learn to Surf at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast

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What better place to learn to surf than Surfers Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast? Master the basics, practice standing up on your board and catch your first wave with this beginner-friendly 2-hour surf class. With all equipment included and expert instructors to guide you, you’ll be hitting the waves in no time!
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