Located on the Queensland’s Gold Coast in eastern Australia, Surfers Paradise stands as a symbol for the lifestyle and the yearnings of the people who visit the area. Situated just 83 kilometres away from Brisbane, this beautiful resort town is truly a ‘paradise for surfers’. Although preferred by the younger generation, this glorious strip of sand and the few blocks of sheer luxury attract tourists from all ages and ethnicities. The strip is home to the most luxurious hotels you can find in the Queensland area, and of course, the most beautiful beaches. Book a room in one of the hotels near Surfers Paradise beach, spend your days soaking up the sun and enjoy some of the activities this paradise of a place has in store for you. Among the numerous activities, here are some of the must-do things to try out during your vacation in Surfers Paradise.
1. Go surfing
As the name of this beautiful location suggests, surfing has to be the number one thing to try when you visit Surfers Paradise. The beaches of this location have some of the best wave breaks that you can find in the entire world, and surfing on these waves is surely one of the most fun experiences that you will have during on your vacation. After a fun surf, catch a break at the beautiful beach, relax for a bit and then hit the waves again. And if you do not know how to surf, or are not very experienced, then you can book yourself a surfing lesson. You will get to learn how to ride the waves at locations which fit your skill level. The Spit beach is the best location for beginners with small waves and great instructors.
2. Enjoy the view from Gold Coast SkyPoint Observation Deck
The Gold Coast SkyPoint Observation Deck is the only beachside observation deck you can find in Australia. The observation deck is located on the 77th floor of the Q1 Tower, which is the tallest resort building of the entire country. The unparalleled view of the entire Gold Coast that you can see from here truly makes a trip to this tower an unforgettable experience. The deck sits 230 meters above the sea-level, and the 360 degrees’ views of the sand and waves will surely take your breath away. You can also relax and enjoy a really nice meal at the SkyPoint’s Seventy7 Café and Bar.
3. Go whale watching
The nearby waters of the Gold Coast are home to some of the most magnificent creatures you can find in the sea, and among them, surely the most majestic ones are humpback whales. There are a lot of tour operators who organise the trips out to sea. Get up close and personal with these magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat. You will get to enjoy a scenic cruise down the Nerang River aboard a luxurious vessel, go past the picturesque South Stradbroke Island and reach the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Every year, between May and October, the majestic humpback whales migrate here to reproduce and welcome the next generation of whales. You will also get the opportunity to see some of the other beautiful marine creatures of these waters too, including bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds. Seeing these incredible creatures is another must-do activity while you’re here.
4. Experience a relaxing sunset cruise
If you want to spend your vacation days enjoying the ultimate luxury and comfort, then going on a sunset cruise through the calm and beautiful waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater is a must do activity. You will get to enjoy a beautiful cruise on board your luxury yacht. Experience the beautiful views of the local landmarks such as the Southport Yacht Club, Marina Mirage, Wave Break Island and Surfers Paradise, as you sip on your glass of sparkling wine. You will get the opportunity of spotting some of the gorgeous birds and marine life of this area such as pelicans, cormorants, terns, sea eagles and even dolphins. Experience the magical changing colours of the sky and the water as the sun slowly sets into the horizon. You can also include a gourmet dinner served on board and sample some of the freshest seafood from the area.
5. Try out indoor skydiving
This is one of the most unique experiences that you can get in Surfers Paradise, at iFLY Gold Coast. Located just off the beach of Sunset Paradise, iFLY Gold Coast gives you the opportunity of experiencing the thrill of skydiving without actually jumping off an aeroplane! You will get to experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving in a multi-story wind tunnel, under the supervision of an expert instructor. The experience lasts about one and a half hour, and during that time, you will get to learn basic skydiving techniques, get the thrill of floating in the air and also attempt to do some mid-air stunts. The environment is completely safe and the technology is state-of-the-art, which makes it a great way to experience the fun and thrill of skydiving without the added risks which normally come with it.
6. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse
Located in Byron Bay, the Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on the most easterly point of Australia. This beautiful lighthouse has been shining its light over the Cape Byron Marine Park since 1901. Take the one-and-a-half-hour trip south into New South Wales to experience the beautiful vistas. You can also visit the Maritime Museum below to learn more about this iconic lighthouse, and find out about shipwrecks and other stories.
A few exciting activities I encourage you to try on your holiday in Surfers Paradise. Explore this incredible city and soak up the sun with its warm weather all year round.