Should You Visit Surfers Paradise?

Is Surfers Paradise worth visiting?

Yes, there are many reasons to visit Surfers Paradise. Everyone should experience this amazing city, and we loved our stay here.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the spectacular nightlife and terrific resorts.

Surfers Paradise is one of the most popular beach destinations in Australia. It's located along the Gold Coast, and offers access to many amusement parks and wildlife centers. The beaches are lined with high rise resorts and the city has many great restaurants and a huge nightlife scene. There are also weekly beachside markets.

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland (Tourism Australia) Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland (Tourism Australia)

8 Reasons to Visit Surfers Paradise

1. Nightlife

This high energy area is filled with glitzy nightclubs and trendy cocktail bars. There are parties that last until the early morning hours and you'll find the most active nightlife scene along the famous Surfers Paradise glitter strip.

2. Resorts

The high-rise skyline is filled with luxury resorts and trendy hotels. Fancy pools and rooftop views make this is a glitzy and lively place to stay.

3. Beaches

It's at the heart of the Gold Coast, and you'll enjoy two kilometers of golden sand and beautiful surf. The beaches are lined with high rise buildings and there's plenty of energy and amenities for visitors. This is a popular tourist destination and there is no shortage of water sports and other activities along the beaches.

4. Shopping

Beachside markets sell local items. There are also large shopping malls that are filled with international fashion brands and boutique shops that sell unique items.

5. Museums

For the best views of the coastline head to the SkyPoint Observation Deck at the Q1 Resort and Spa. It's in Australia's tallest residential tower. You can also visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Sea World Marine Park, as well as countless other amusement parks or entertainment centers.

6. Food

There's a trendy food scene with a number of award winning restaurants in the area. There are high end seafood restaurants, modern international eateries, and niche food bars that all cater to the tourist crowd.

7. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

There's no shortage of scuba diving and snorkeling excursions that leave from the area. You'll see a diversity of marine life and interesting undersea reefs.

8. Hiking

Outside of town you'll find many coastal hikes and inland trails. You can see waterfalls or breathtaking views of the water.




Is Surfers Paradise worth visiting in the Summer?

Summer is the high season for travel in Surfers Paradise, so expect more visitors and higher prices. This is an extremely popular destination, and in the high season it's busier than usual as this is when most people are able to travel. Expect large crowds of tourists, longer lines, and higher prices for hotels. On the other hand, you'll find that everything is open and you'll have a wide array of activities, things to do, and places to eat.

The weather in Surfers Paradise is fairly warm during summer, and stays around 25°C (77°F). But it can get as warm as 29°C (85°F) at times, too. It's also quite rainy during this season, so be prepared.

With the warmer weather this time of year, the beach is the main attraction. Spend time enjoying the waves and sand during your trip. You'll find plenty to do during summer, as you'll be able to lounge on the beach, discover the nearby hiking trails, and browse through museums. Also, you can check out the luxurious resorts and the nightlife.


Summer Weather in Surfers Paradise
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 25°C (77°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
February 25°C (77°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)
March 24°C (75°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)

Is Surfers Paradise worth visiting in the Autumn?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Surfers Paradise. As a very touristy destination, even in the shoulder season you'll see plenty of tourists when you visit. However, good prices and deals are to be found at this time of year.

The weather in Surfers Paradise is fairly warm during autumn, and stays around 22°C (71°F). But it can get as warm as 26°C (79°F) at times, too. It's also quite rainy during this season, so be prepared.

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. During this season it's fun to experience the famous sights and museums and the hiking.


Autumn Weather in Surfers Paradise
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 22°C (71°F) 101 mm (4 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
June 16°C (61°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)

Is Surfers Paradise worth visiting in the Winter?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during winter with average temperatures around 15°C (59°F).

The low season for travel in Surfers Paradise is during the winter. This is an extremely touristy destination, so in the low season you'll still see plenty of other travelers when you visit, but less than other times of the year. Good deals are to be found on hotels and tours because it's not the best time of year to visit.

This is a great time of year to browse the museums, enjoy a meal at a restaurant, and take advantage of the local nightlife.


Winter Weather in Surfers Paradise
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 15°C (59°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
August 16°C (61°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
September 18°C (65°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)

Is Surfers Paradise worth visiting in the Spring?

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Surfers Paradise. As a very touristy destination, even in the shoulder season you'll see plenty of tourists when you visit. However, good prices and deals are to be found at this time of year.

The weather in Surfers Paradise is fairly warm during spring, and stays around 21°C (69°F). But it can get as warm as 26°C (78°F) at times, too. It's also quite rainy during this season, so be prepared.

You'll find plenty to do during spring, as you'll be able to find the best deals at the shops, spend time at the museums, and enjoy an evening out.


Spring Weather in Surfers Paradise
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 21°C (69°F) 103 mm (4 in)
November 23°C (73°F) 118 mm (4.6 in)
December 24°C (76°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Surfers Paradise

Lots of Tourists
Surfers Paradise sees a high number of visitors every year, which means you might have to wait in line and deal with large crowds during your visit.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Surfers Paradise might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Surfers Paradise here or see if Surfers Paradise is expensive here.

Related

What is Surfers Paradise most famous for?

Surfers Paradise is most famous for its long sandy beaches, glamourous party scene, colorful amusement parks, and active water sports. People visit this impressive city for its great nightlife, resorts, beaches, and shopping. Also, it's known for museums, food, and scuba diving & snorkeling. Many people love the hiking, too. It is often described as high energy, thrilling, active, ritzy, and glamourous.


What is the most famous sight in Surfers Paradise?

The most popular sight in Surfers Paradise is the SkyPoint Observation Deck. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Surfers Paradise on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for the SkyPoint Observation Deck and other attractions here.

How touristy is Surfers Paradise? Is it a popular city to visit?

Surfers Paradise is a very touristy city that attracts travelers from around the globe. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • Kangaroos, Rainforest & Waterfalls Experience - Small Group: $117
    • 2.5hrs Jetski Tour with island stopover / Self Drive / Surfers Paradise: $269
    • Fisherman's Friend Morning Tea Cruise: $34
    • Kangaroo Watching & Koala Spotting Private Tour: $234
    • Gold Coast City Lights Cruise: $38
    • Kangaroos and Mountain Views Day Tour from Gold Coast: $82
    • Rainforest & Waterfalls Experience: $96
    • Glow Worms - Nocturnal Rainforest/Waterfall Adventure: $75

    How long should I spend in Surfers Paradise?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Surfers Paradise is at least three or as many as seven days. Since Surfers Paradise has a variety of activities such as resorts, beaches, shopping, and nightlife, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Surfers Paradise?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Surfers Paradise?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Surfers Paradise?.