Surfers Paradise: 25 Things To Do

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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.

Gold Coast Beach

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.

Gold Coast Beach

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 Gold Coast duck bus 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!

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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. Check out our comprehensive list of activities below. If you're still planning your Gold Coast holiday, we've put together the ultimate Gold Coast visitor guide here.

What To Do In Surfers Paradise First?

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.

Read our guide on what to do when you first arrive in Surfers Paradise here!

#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 Tutts 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 Cafe

Classic and iconic. Great food, great views, and great atmosphere with cool memorabilia.

#24 Sea World

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.

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