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Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

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How much money will you need for your trip to Surfers Paradise? You should plan to spend around AU$160 ($103) per day on your vacation in Surfers Paradise, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, AU$40 ($26) on meals for one day and AU$17 ($11) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Surfers Paradise for a couple is AU$204 ($131). So, a trip to Surfers Paradise for two people for one week costs on average AU$2,235 ($1,437). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
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A vacation to Surfers Paradise for one week usually costs around AU$1,118 for one person. So, a trip to Surfers Paradise for two people costs around AU$2,235 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs AU$4,470 in Surfers Paradise. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Surfers Paradise can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Surfers Paradise? How much money do I need for Surfers Paradise?

How much does a trip to Surfers Paradise cost? Is Surfers Paradise cheap or expensive? The average Surfers Paradise trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Surfers Paradise prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Surfers Paradise
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Surfers Paradise is AU$102. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Surfers Paradise is AU$204. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Surfers Paradise

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Transportation Budget in Surfers Paradise
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Surfers Paradise is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent AU$17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Surfers Paradise.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Surfers Paradise
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Rental Cars in Surfers Paradise
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Food Budget in Surfers Paradise
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  • While meal prices in Surfers Paradise can vary, the average cost of food in Surfers Paradise is AU$40 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Surfers Paradise should cost around AU$16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Surfers Paradise is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Surfers Paradise
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  • Entertainment and activities in Surfers Paradise typically cost an average of AU$36 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Surfers Paradise?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Surfers Paradise are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Surfers Paradise, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

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Alcohol Budget in Surfers Paradise
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  • The average person spends about AU$17 on alcoholic beverages in Surfers Paradise per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Surfers Paradise On a Budget
Surfers Paradise Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland (Tourism Australia)
A tourist mecca, Surfers Paradise is one of the most popular travel destinations along Australia's famed Gold Coast. The beach stretches for miles and there is an endless supply of almost constant parties. You'll find high rise apartments lined up along the shore and plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. Travelers from around the world visit the area, and it's a right of passage for Australia's teens to vacation in or near Surfers Paradise. For many travelers, Surfers Paradise comes across as little more than a mass marketed, over commercialized, party destination, but for others it is a vacation dream. Prices are highly inflated so you have to keep your whits about you to avoid being ripped off. Surfers Paradise is a destination of extremes and it conjures up extreme emotions in many travelers, be it positive or negative.

If you're going to Surfers Paradise to swim or sit in the sun then the best time to visit is sometime between October or March, when the weather is at its warmest. Even if you don't mind the crowds, it's still best to avoid the time between mid November and early December, known as "Schoolies", when thousands of teenagers flock to the area to celebrate the end of high school.
Surfers Paradise has many amusement parks, wildlife parks, and other destinations in the nearby vicinity. Adrenaline Park is a small park that has rides and a mini-golf course. Centro Surfers Paradise Shopping Centre is located on Cavill Avenue. It's a high-end retail area with many popular shops.

If you're hoping to stay in town, then you can visit the tallest building in Australia. Q1 is located right on the waterfront and climbs 323 meters high. It's also the highest residential tower in the world.
Surfers Paradise Foreshore is a revitalized public space that is along Surfers Paradise Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The area has contemporary coastal streetscaping and natural vegetation. This is where many of the city's public events are hosted.

The Gold Coast Nightlife Precinct has the most night time activities. This area is considered Australia's nightlife capital and there are almost 20,000 visitors daily. This area is also at the heart of the city's Schoolies week.

Hotels and hostels are lined all along the coast. There are many apartments and high rise hotels that can be pricey, but there are also plenty of backpacker hostels. It's best to make reservations in advance if you plan to visit during a busy time.

Sticking with the theme of crazy tourism, Surfers Paradise has no shortage of theme parks, water parks, and wildlife parks. There are countless places willing to help you part with your money for some extreme thrills. You can, of course, try your hand at surfing, diving, snorkeling, or windsurfing, among other things. The city also hosts a variety of free events throughout the year. Surfers Paradise Festival is one of the more popular events. It takes place in March or April and offers local music, food, fashion, film, and art. It's a fun time to visit the city.

If you're traveling as a family, check out this great guide to the Gold Coast for families.
Food and Dining
There are plenty of places around Surfers Paradise that offer cheap eats. These options are usually low on quality but quite affordable. Most budget restaurants specifically target the budget backpacker.

For high end dining options your best bet may be in a hotel. Many of the hotels have all you can eat seafood buffets which are good and filling. Lunch specials or early bird deals are also available.

If you're looking for a nightclub, of course there are plenty, but you'll find the highest concentration along Orchid Avenue just off the main strip of Cavil Avenue.

Surfers Paradise is a compact area and it's possible to walk to most destinations including hotels, hostels, Cavill Mall, and the beaches. Parking can be difficult to find close to the center of town so walking is generally recommended if possible. There are bus lines that provide public bus service throughout the Gold Coast area. There are several bus routes in town that connect the suburbs with the city center. There is also the GoldLinQ light rail system which has five stations around town. Taxis are also an option but the prices can be very high.


Looking for a party? Find a hostel in Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, or along the Gold Coast.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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