One of my favorite cities in Australia is Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise is part of the Gold Coast located about 77 km/ 47 miles south of Brisbane. Surfers is a beautiful town with a beach city feeling. The gorgeous architecture and even more beautiful beaches, you will most likely be staying there longer than planned. I had only planned on it being a 2 or so day stay on our road trip but we ended up staying for about 4 days. Luckily there are plenty of things to do in Surfers. I am a little biased since i was there in June, but I can’t imagine a better month to be there. We arrived with perfect timing. The Surfers Paradise Festival was occurring.
Here is my list of the top 5 things to do in Surfers Paradise (in no particular order).
Dracula’s is located in the heart of Surfers on Surfers Paradise Blvd. Dracula’s is a 5 story haunted house. It might not be the scariest of haunted houses but it sure is fun. There are animatronics, special effects, dare doors, and even a shark room that you have to see to believe. For only $25 you can go explore Dracula’s and see what all of the fuss is about.
I happened to be in Surfers during my birthday. When leaving Dracula’s we happened to pass by people promoting a party tour. Although i wanted to go, i just knew we wouldn’t have the time to do it. When i go back to Australia for school, I will definitely take a trip out to Surfers Paradise to have a fun night out with Plan B Party Tours. It’s a great, fun, inexpensive way to party your way through the city. You get 5 free entries to clubs, appetizers, party games planned by Plan B, a discount booklet, even a platinum nightclub pass for your stay, and much more. Surfers is definitely a party town and Plan B is the best way to let loose.
I happened to do a ride with Paradise Jet Boating on my birthday and it was too fun for words. With frequent sharp 360 degree spins, reaching speeds of 80km, and fish tailing that will all blow your mind, there is also an educational part of the tour. There is a part where you get to explore the beautiful multi-million dollar homes along the water and learn a bit about the history of Surfers Paradise. If you enjoy thrills and adventure you cannot miss jet boating. It’s an experience you will never forget.
The SP Festival is an annual month-long festival showing of everything that Surfers has to offer. It is a great way to experience the culture and life of Surfers Paradise. The festival has a collection of local food, music, art, film, and fashion. This year its taking place in March and April, so if you’re in the area head down to the beach and partake in the fun.
5) Surfers Paradise beaches
The beaches at Surfers Paradise are beyond gorgeous. No wonder the travel channel voted it one of the best beaches in the world. You can watch surfers do their thing in the water, things that you couldn’t even imagine having the kahones to do. The nightlife on the beach is astounding, you can go from the sand to a bar to a club to a Mackers (slang for McDonald’s) for some greasy goodness.
*As a tip for readers that are planning to add Surfers Paradise into their road trip itinerary, be very careful when finding a place to stay. The Gold Coast is very strict with their camper van “laws” and they do not like road trippers. I learned that the hard way. When finding a place to stay, I strongly suggest finding a caravan park instead of finding a discreet area to park and sleep. You will, and i repeat WILL be given a firm warning if they find you randomly parked somewhere once the sun goes down. But please, don’t let that deter you from visiting the beautiful city of Surfers Paradise.