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Surfers Paradise is the capital of the Gold Coast, and one of the largest tourist destinations in Australia. Set on miles of ocean surf beach, Surfers has more going on than just the waves. From the high rise apartments that line the shore, to the the nightclubs, pubs and late night shopping lining the mall, Surfers is busy all through the day and night. It is a site of near-pilgrimage to many Australian teens. It's a destination for New Zealanders, with direct flights bringing frozen Kiwis to defrost on the golden beaches, and an attraction for travellers from around the world. Many believe that Surfers Paradise has been over-commercialised, and there is certainly intense high-rise development. The area has a reputation for rip-off shopping, timeshare salespeople, and seedy strip clubs (which are plentiful). The beaches and the rest of Surfers sit in the long shadows of the high rises in the late afternoon. Love the beaches, or hate the kitsch. Love the nightlife, or just find the drunks stumbling and singing down Cavill Mall a turn-off. You can't be ambivalent about Surfers. (less...) (more...)
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Points of Interest in Surfers Paradise
There are theme parks, water parks, wildlife parks, and a range of things to see in the surrounding Gold Coast.
In Surfers Paradise itself there is:
- Q1, situated right at the waterfront and rising 323m, it is the tallest building in Australia and is also the tallest all-residential tower in the world.
About Surfers Paradise
When to go
Assuming that you want to experience the sea, the best time to hit the Gold Coast in between October and March when temperatures climb. If you don't need to immerse yourself in the water, the winter months April to September are pleasant too, often sunny and daytime highs typically above 20 C. During this time of the year, accommodation prices go down and crowds disappear, which in some respects make the place much more pleasant than in the summer.
Be aware that Schoolies lasts from mid November through to the first week of December, when the entire area is invaded by tens of thousands of 17-18 year-olds who have just finished high school and head to the beaches to let off steam and celebrate. It is a huge party - but if drunken teenagers aren't your scene then this is a time to avoid. Indeed it is probably advisable for any males who are not drunken teenagers to avoid the area-you may find yourself facing allegations of being a "Toolie" or to put a more finer point on it-somebody looking to take advantage of the younger, drunken women there.
As the name of the city implies, surfing is the order of the day. Other water sports like boating and fishing are also plentiful.
If you are going to swim make sure you swim in patrolled areas (between the red and yellow flags). Each year hundreds of swimmers get into trouble in the strong currents swimming outside the flags. If you do get in trouble just put your hand up above your head to get the lifesaver's attention. There are many sets of flags around the Surfers area. Head north or south from the main beach if the crowds are too much.
- The Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club offers a great lunch deal $6.50 for a large piece of crumbed chicken, chips and salad plus free basic drink. And it is right across for the beach just down from Cavil ave.
- Surfers Paradise RSL Club the staff at the sign-in desk are quite rude and the whole place feels a little seedy as you walk right in to the pokie machine lounge, however once you get upstairs it's ok. This club offers a great value roast dinner from 5:30PM till about 8:30PM for about $6.50, all the other meals are well priced. Beer is cheap and it's just a short walk to Melba’s and Cavil ave.
- Jacks Kebabs, this is a great little Kebab joint across from the beach opp. McDonalds, makes a very tasty Kebab and it's popular in the early hours of the morning as all the drunks stumble out of the clubs looking for a meal.
- King of Noodle is a great little Chinese restaurant located in the Centre Arcade across from Circle on Cavill (next to where the Hilton is being constructed). They offer cheap Asian dishes however unlike some other cheap Asian restaurants, the dish sizes are quite very good for the price (Dishes start from $8). Offer a good range of vegetarian alternatives
- Medexotic, Chevron Renaissance, ☎ +61 5592 0004. Middle eastern/med style restaurant. Friendly service with funky decore and great food. Belly Dancing every Friday and Saturday night from 8PM.
Plenty of the hotels around Surfers Paradise offer buffet all you can eat seafood, which is normally quite nice and around $50 - $60 per person plus drinks. Some offer lunch specials or early bird deals.
Most of the night clubs are down Orchid Ave just off the main strip Cavil Ave, ones to check out are:
- Cocktails & Dreams (multi-level club)
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