Surfers Paradise Hotels
Theme parks and the glitzy strip of Surfers Paradise aside, the Gold Coast is harbouring micro-breweries, beloved surf breaks and communities of creatives all along its sun-soaked shores. With swish high-rises, stunning beaches and a peaceful Hinterland, the region is ideal for those looking for a nature-filled escape with all the glamorous extras.
Discover Surfers Paradise
Once a lazy surf town, Surfers Paradise has developed into the furiously beating heart of the ever-expanding Gold Coast region, as well as one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. And it’s not hard to see why - between theme parks, late nights and stunning coastline, the Surfers Paradise sales pitch is an enticing one.Surfers has something for everyone. Families come for the theme parks and wealth of other kid-friendly attractions. Young people come for the vibrant nightlife, which never has a day off. And older couples come to enjoy the stunning scenery, and maybe pamper themselves at one of the many luxurious hotels.Ready to book your Surfers Paradise adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 150 in Surfers Paradise alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your twentieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Surfers Paradise and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Surfers Paradise?
- Cavill Avenue: The epicentre of Surfers Paradise, Cavill Avenue is the famous strip that ends with Cavill Mall and the Surfers Paradise sign. Loaded with dining, drinking and tourist attractions, this is a street that never sleeps.
- Broadbeach: While not technically Surfers Paradise, the city’s southern neighbour offers a slightly less rambunctious experience, while still being within striking distance of the lively centre.
- Main Beach: Likewise, Main Beach is to the north of Surfers Paradise proper, and once again offers a break from the craziness of Cavill Avenue. Home to Sea World and some truly upscale accommodation, this is the perfect spot for tourists looking to treat themselves.
- Macintosh Island: Looking for a more ‘local’ alternative, but don’t want to give up the prime location? Macintosh Island is a small marina area in Surfers Paradise that trades in skyscrapers for holiday homes.
What are Surfers Paradise’s must-see attractions?
- SkyPoint Observation Deck: From 230 metres off the ground, atop the enormous Q1 building, this observation deck gives you the most incredible panoramic views in every direction.
- Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets: Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, these markets are a local staple, with arts, crafts and tourist trinkets galore.
- Infinity Attraction: Get lost in the lights, reflections and sounds of the Infinity Attraction, an immersive experience that will have you wondering what’s real and what’s not.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Speaking of real or not, Ripley’s takes you on a trip through earth’s oddities, with stories that are often hard to believe, but are apparently perfectly true.
- Sea World: A pioneer of the Gold Coast theme park scene, Sea World was established in 1971 on the waterfront at Main Beach. Between animal shows, rides and education, it’s fun for the whole family.
Find the right hotel
What are Surfers Paradise’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels also offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out voco Gold Coast, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise and Novotel Surfers Paradise if you’re a solo traveller in Surfers Paradise (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!).
What are Surfers Paradise’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Surfers Paradise could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort and Hilton Surfers Paradise.
What are Surfers Paradise’s best hotels for families?Heading to Surfers Paradise with your tribe? Capricorn One, The Crest Apartments and Oscar on Main Resort are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Surfers Paradise’s best hotels for location and views?Surfers Paradise is a gorgeous place with endless coastline, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Q1 Resort and Spa, Peppers Broadbeach and Pacific Views Resort - hotels that boast both an awesome location and stunning views.
What are Surfers Paradise’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, Wi-Fi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, Golden Sands on Main Beach, The Phoenician Resort and Mantra Crown Towers provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Surfers Paradise?
Public transportThe Surfers Paradise public transport system is made up of bus and rail services. TransLink, the Queensland public transport provider, runs the buses, trams and trains, and their journey planner makes navigation simple. Pick up a prepaid go card from selected local retailers to get discounted fares.
Private transportBesides car hire, rideshare apps are a great choice. Uber is available in Surfers Paradise, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
On average a 3-star hotel in Surfers Paradise costs $140 per night, a 4-star costs $260 and a 5-star costs $410 (be aware that these prices will be higher on weekends and at times of increased demand).
While Sea World is in the city centre, most of the Gold Coast’s other famous theme parks are found on the Pacific Highway about 20 minutes from town. The Gold Coast also sits perfectly between the Queensland capital of Brisbane (an hour’s drive north) and the cool and alternative New South Wales town of Byron Bay (an hour’s drive south).