Things To Do In Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is one of Australia’s foremost tourist cities, with an abundance of adventure activities and no shortage of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re looking for things to do in Surfers Paradise, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Surfers Paradise has held a special place in the heart of Queenslanders for many years and the iconic town seems to symbolise the most prominent features of the laid back Queensland lifestyle.

It might come as a surprise to many of the region’s visitors that the area has quite a rich history, which spans centuries and can still, be seen today. In fact, it was over 200 years ago, in 1799, that John Oxley landed his boat ‘the Mermaid’ on what is now called Mermaid Beach. Europeans settled the area around forty years afterwards and took advantage of the abundant logging and agricultural opportunities throughout the region. Before this, Indigenous communities were thriving on the plentiful natural resources of the area, including the fantastic fishing.


The beaches and estuaries of Surfers Paradise have been admired for centuries, by the diverse and various cultures that have called them home. Even the name ‘Surfers Paradise’ is a strong indicator of what the area is like – it is quite literally a paradise for surfers and beachgoers alike. Surfers Paradise is situated approximately 80km south of Brisbane, on either side of the Nerang River, just south of the famous Broadwater. With extensive artificial canal systems winding their way from the Nerang River into the surrounding residential areas, it is not surprising that the area is home to some of the best boating, fishing and leisure opportunities in Queensland. This is not all they offer, however. The canals stemming from Surfers Paradise offer a unique perspective of the region, from the multi million-dollar homes of Paradise Waters, to the glamorous shops and luxury yachts of Marina Mirage.

Here at Quack’rDuck, we know that Surfers Paradise needs to be seen from land and sea and we have the perfect solution! Book one of our famous amphibious duck bus Gold Coast tours to see surfers Paradise in style. Our Quack’rDuck tours take you through some of the roads around the main attractions of Surfers Paradise, before splashing into the water and seeing the best sights Surfers Paradise has to offer, from a unique and incredible perspective. If you’re wondering what to do in Surfers Paradise, Quack’rDuck is the answer!

The Best Things To Do In Surfers Paradise

Being one of the most exciting tourist cities in Queensland, Surfers Paradise has a wide range of activities to suit every traveller. There are numerous adventure activities throughout the Surfers Paradise area, for those who are looking to let loose and try something new. Alternatively, there’s also a great variety of relaxing options for the more laid back traveller. All of these attractions are not limited to daytime alone. The nightlife of Surfers Paradise is second to none and there is sure to be a nightclub, restaurant, bar or other venue to suit everyone’s tastes – from families, to adults and everyone in between. Surfers Paradise has perhaps the broadest spectrum of sights, attractions and activities in Australia, and to see them all can be challenging. To help you out, we have complied a list of the top 25 attractions in Surfers Paradise. We recognise that most visitors to this unique area will need a wide variety of activities to keep everyone happy, which is why we have included activities for children, families and adults alike. Wth all this choice, we’re put together the ultimate ‘Things To Do Surfers Paradise‘ list to help you enjoy the best Surfers Paradise has to offer.


#1 Quack’rDuck Tours! – Do a one-hour amphibious tour of the Gold Coast for a great introduction to one of the most beautiful places on earth.

#2 Surfers Paradise main beach – Free volleyball available along the coast. Play with your friends, make new friends, or watch amateurs and professionals show off their skills. Take leisurely walks or go for a run along the beach.

#3 Sky Point Climb – If you like thrills, this is the climb for you. Take in the Gold Coast’s stunning views from a very high perspective.

#4 iFly Indoor Skydiving – Another unique thrill. Experience skydiving all year round and no matter what the weather is outside. Indoor skydiving provides an extra safe environment to get the rush that real skydiving provides.

#5 Infinity Attraction – Ignite your perceptive and visual senses in this crazy-cool theme park. Take your time through each room and get lost in the different futuristic worlds to really enjoy the experience.

#6 Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets – Plenty of delicious things to eat and beautiful products to buy. There isn’t a shortage of stalls that offer things from jewelry and clothing to art. Great for date nights and family outings.

#7 Gold Coast 7D Cinema Experience – Become part of the movie you watch. It’s a one-of-a-kind theatre experience with not only 4 but 7 special effects movie-goers are treated to. They also might have some special discounts available on certain holidays.

#8 Jet Boat Ride from Surfers Paradise – Get your need for speed filled with a jet boat ride on the waters of the Gold Coast. Exciting as a rollercoaster ride and safe. Great for team trips and group experiences.

#9 King Tutt’s Putt Putt – Fun for the whole family. Challenge yourself on their three mini-golf courses.

#10 Ripley’s ‘Believe It Or Not Museum’ – Unbelievable exhibits to be visited. There are movies to be seen, games to be played, and gadgets to be touched.

#11 Whales In Paradise – See the dolphins and whales that inhabit the Gold Coast waters. It’s a cool experience seeing those beautiful animals in their natural habitat.

#12 Surfers Paradise River Cruises – Take a leisurely cruise at noon with a delicious buffet lunch or do a morning tea cruise. Sunset cruises are also relaxing, and you can have a drink on the sundeck.

#13 Go ride a wave – Learn how to surf or if you’re already a surfing expert, enjoy the great waves that Surfers Paradise offers. It’s called Surfers Paradise for a reason.

#14 Racing Simulation Centre – Race your friends and family in your dream car in this ultra-realistic race experience. Choose from hundreds of racing circuits.

#15 Fly Board Extreme – Learn to fly like Peter Pan by taxiing, turning, flying, and falling using jet ski propulsion.

#16 Hot air ballooning – Go for a romantic flight with a champagne breakfast included and sweeping views of the Gold Coast area.

#17 Restaurants & nightlife – There is an endless choice for food and activities to do at night. Check out TripAdvisor for the people’s choices of cheap or luxury eats and the best activities to do in the evening at the Gold Coast.

#18 Australian Shooting Academy – Great for a group party. See who’s got the best aim in your circle.

#19 QT Surfers Paradise Hotel – Cute boutique hotel with an outdoor pool if you’re not into swimming at the beaches. It’s even got tennis courts.

#20 Nightclubs & bars – SinCity, Melbas On The Park, Bourbon Bar, Sting Ray, and Misono Japanese Steakhouse to name a few

#21 Cavill Avenue Mall – Shops are open late and there’s something to see and do for everyone. Sometimes you can enjoy the shows put on by street performers.

#22 Slingshot Gold Coast – Want to know how a rock feels like when being shot out of a slingshot? Here’s your chance, and it’s all caught on camera. You’ll fly about 80 meters high.

#23 Hard Rock Café – Classic and iconic. Great food, great views, and great atmosphere with cool memorabilia.

#24 SeaWorld – See the cool marine mammals, oceanarium, and go for exciting rides in the theme park. You’ll learn a lot about ocean wildlife and see the conservation efforts of their staff.

#25 Dreamworld – The largest theme park on the Gold Coast. There are thrill rides for the big kids and other family friendly rides. There is also a waterslide park that delivers a whole lot of fun.

Making The Most Of Your Visit

With such a vast array of things to do and places to see, you might struggle to decide on what to do in Surfers Paradise first. Even with our list of the top 25 things to do in Surfers Paradise, you are still faced with the challenge of finding enough time to see them all. To help you see the best of Surfers Paradise, we suggest taking some time to familiarise yourself with the area, before working out what interests you most so that you can divide your time and make the most of this amazing area.

Quack’rDuck – Your Introduction To Surfers Paradise

If you are looking to get your bearings, whilst taking in some of the natural and man made beauty of Surfers Paradise, then a Quack’rDuck duck bus tour is perfect for you. We begin our tours on land, as we take you past some of the most interesting features of the Surfers Paradise region. Once we have seen these landlocked sights, we will take a drive into the water and this is where the amazing amphibious capabilities of the Quack’rDuck duck bus come into their own.

We will cruise through some of the most incredible waterways that Surfers Paradise has to offer and it is here that you will experience the area in a truly unique and remarkable way. The canals and waterways of Surfers Paradise offer you a great view of the area, including the luxurious mansions of Paradise Waters and the vibrant retail hub of Marina Mirage. Our comfortable amphibious bus can facilitate a large number of passengers and the tour is ideal for anyone, whether you are travelling with friends, family, or even on your own. Our tour operators know all there is to know about the region, so you can rest assured that you are receiving a truly unique insight into some of Surfers Paradise’s most famous attractions.

Natural Attractions

Once you have got a feel for the magnificent waterways and streets of Surfers Paradise, you can decide whether you want to explore the natural or man made attractions of the area. Surfers Paradise has a reputation as a place where the city meets the sea and whilst this is true, the region also offers some of the most pristine natural scenery in Queensland. The natural sights around Surfers Paradise are plentiful and you can choose from rainforest walks, historical walks, whale watching, national parks, volcanic mountains or even just relaxing on a white sand beach. Lamington National park is not far from Surfers Paradise and offers vast, untouched rainforests including the famous ‘Treetop Walkway.’ Similarly, Springbrook National Park is not far from Surfers Paradise and offers incredible scenery and the spectacular ‘Natural Bridge.’ For some natural sightseeing a little closer to Surfers Paradise you can try a whale watching tour with Whales in Paradise, or even a hot air ballooning trip of you are looking for something a little more adventurous. Regardless of where your interests lie, there is sure to be something that appeals to you in the incredibly diverse Surfers Paradise region. Try our guide on Gold Coast attractions on the homepage of our website for more information about discovering the best of the wider region.

Surfers Paradise Nightlife

Whether you have spent a day adventuring the national parks, touring the adventure tourism attractions or simply relaxing on the beach, you will no doubt be looking for a nice dinner and some fun activities to fill your evening. Fortunately, Surfers Paradise will not disappoint; the area is home to one of the most vibrant and diverse nightlife scenes in Australia. If you want to experience the local nightlife, you have many options to choose from. For dining, you can visit one of the many fine dining restaurants in the area or – if you are looking for something a little more family oriented – you can visit some of the great family restaurants in the area, including Cav’s Steakhouse and Longboards Laid Back Eatery & Bar. For some after dinner activities, why not visit the Night Markets and see a bustling showcase of some local culture. Finally, there is the bar and nightclub scene for which Surfers Paradise is famous. Some local favourites include SinCity, Melbas On The Park, Bourbon Bar, Stingray and Misono Japanese Steakhouse, however there are many more to choose from if you’re feeling adventurous.

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Quack’rDuck: the best of Surfers Paradise things to do

There are many ways to see the sights of Surfers Paradise, but not all of them are of the same standard. If you are looking for a truly unique experience that you will remember for years to come, then why not book a tour on the Quack’rDuck duck bus. We offer an amazing view of some of the sights that make Surfers Paradise the incredible tourist destination that it is today. From the comfort of our amphibious vehicle, you can see the beauty and grandeur of Surfers Paradise from water and from land.