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How to Spend 3 Days in Surfers Paradise

How to Spend 3 Days in Surfers Paradise

With three days in Surfers Paradise—known for surfing and skyscrapers—you have plenty of time to enjoy an array of experiences showcasing the allure of this Gold Coast resort town. Here are some ideas for a 72-hour itinerary.

Day 1: Sun and surf

Surfers Paradise is first and foremost a beach destination, so spend your first day soaking up the sun. Do as the Aussies do and catch some waves (surf lessons are available), or opt for a stand-up paddleboard for something more leisurely. Snorkeling and kayaking are other popular ways to explore the natural environment, while a jet boat ride provides a splash of adventure on the Pacific waters. Hop aboard a lunch cruise to admire the waterfront while you eat—then end the day back on the beach, watching the sunset.

Day 2: City sights

First thing in the morning, beat the crowds and head to the SkyPoint Observation Deck. On the 77th floor of the Q1 building, savor panoramic photo ops of the ocean and coastline while eating breakfast at the on-site bistro. Other attractions worth checking out include the Gold Coast Wax Museum (home to replicas of celebrities and historic figures) and Infinity (where special effects and mind-bending illusions make for a dazzling experience). Later, get acquainted with the city’s lively nightlife scene on a bar crawl or club tour. 

Day 3: Rain forests

Not too far inland lies a lush landscape of mountains and rain forests. Two national parks can be easily visited on a day trip from Surfers Paradise. About an hour northwest is Tamborine National Park, where nature walks take you past waterfalls, lookouts with mountain views, and forested vegetation. Alternatively, venture around an hour southwest to Springbrook National Park, part of a UNESCO-listed group of rain forests and home to ancient trees and caves, waterfalls, and verdant valleys.

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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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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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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour

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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour

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Short on time? Sample the natural beauty of the Gold Coast on this outdoor tour. Hop on a sea kayak and paddle your way over to Wave Break Island to swim and snorkel amid tropical fish and colorful coral. Spot dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles along the coast, and enjoy a snack before heading back to shore.
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Mount Tamborine Morning Tour

Mount Tamborine Morning Tour

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Explore the wild beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland on this half-day 4WD tour to Mt Tamborine. Encounter koalas, kangaroos and cascading mountain waterfalls on a guided bushwalk through the eucalypt rain forest of Mt Tamborine National Park. Indulge in some mountainside wine tasting, learn how to throw a boomerang and enjoy a morning or afternoon tea break with scones on this delightfully diverse tour.
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