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Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast’s original epicentre of fun has always been Surfers Paradise.

Just 30 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, you should check out Surfers Paradise. Many people also do day trips from Brisbane which takes around an hour in the car.

Beach

Surfers Paradise didn’t earn its name without reason, and while it might seem obvious to grab your swim gear and head straight down to the water at the end of Cavill Avenue (Surfers Paradise’s main street), there’s a little more to it than that.

The famous beach at Surfers Paradise

The famous beach at Surfers Paradise

The foreshore area along Surfers Paradise beach has plenty of new public showers, toilets, seats and more that make rinsing off or relaxing far more enjoyable than before.

While it’s perhaps not the “perfect” beach on the Gold Coast as far as surf goes despite its name, Surfers Paradise beach is still a very viable spot for boarders who aren’t too fussy about catching the ultimate wave, with a decent break that tends to produce waves that hover around the 3-4 foot mark most of the year. As a result, surfing lessons are hugely popular with visitors who are looking to take the first steps towards learning to surf, and the beach’s relatively moderate waves make it a great place to do just that.

Shopping

The beach is made even more popular due to the fact that it’s within easy walking distance of most Surfers Paradise accommodation, coupled with the fact that there are many fast food and more high-end dining cafes and restaurants just across the street.

Accesible areas just across from the beach

Accesible areas just across from the beach

If you’re looking for more of a relaxed, uncrowded beach atmosphere however (particularly if you’re a family with younger kids), it’s advisable to head 10 minutes’ walk or so either south or north to one of the nearby patrolled – but not nearly as busy – areas of beach towards either Broadbeach or Main Beach.

Shopping District

Shopping District

There are 14 shopping centres and arcades in Surfers Paradise, so make sure you put on your walking shoes, explore them all and discover the hidden gems within the precinct.

For that unique Surfers Paradise gift, head down to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront markets every Wednesday and Friday night between 5:30pm and 10:00pm.

You will also find some unique shops in the area.

Interesting shop not sure its appropriate if a kid walks around the area

Interesting shop not sure its appropriate if a kid walks around the area

Tall Buildings

If you know me, you would know along with shopping, something else I really like is tall buildings.

Highest residential building in the southern hemisphere..

Highest residential building in the southern hemisphere..

The Q1 building in Surfers Paradise offers by far the best views of the Gold Coast. The SkyPoint Observation Deck sits atop the 77th floor of the Q1, which places visitors roughly 320 metres above the ground and provides views that stretch (on clear days) from Byron Bay in the south to Brisbane in the north befitting of its status as the tallest residential building in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tours

Aqua Duck Tour

Aqua Duck Tour

Conducted via amphibious-style military vehicles that have been re-branded with colourful duck-themed paintjobs, the ducks are massive vehicles that sit high up and thus provide a great viewing position for their passengers. While they’re not exactly speedy on land, their ability to slip smoothly into the water makes for a unique activity that will be good for little kids and big kids!

One of the things I wanted to do but wasn’t able to was Whales watching trip –

Whale watching trip

Whale watching trip

As it is only available from the months of June to the beginning of November. The humpback whales’ annual migratory period combines with the numerous access points to the ocean that the Gold Coast provides to make it one of the best spots to see these gentle ocean giants up close, and with numerous operators to choose from you’ll have a selection of day and time combinations to choose from during peak season

Entertainment

Barry ready to hit the town

Barry ready to hit the town

Surfers Paradise is the entertainment capital of Queensland with an array of nightclubs, pubs, bars and clubs, all within a two kilometre range and most operating into the earlyhours.

Exactly which one is “the place for you” will be almost entirely dependent on some combination of your age, musical preference as each Gold Coast nightclub offers something slightly different. For more detailed information check out this Gold Coast nightclubs guide which can help you.

For me I like to smoke shisha, and due to the large number of Arabs/Muslims (something I will touch upon shortly)

Shisha Spot

Shisha Spot

Muslim City aka Gold Coast

Gold Coast is probably known as one of the most tolerant and welcoming of all cities in Australia to muslims.

Which can seem quite ironic….

The famous beach at Surfers Paradise

The famous beach at Surfers Paradise

In direct contrast of the above...

In direct contrast of the above…

However the two communities as a whole have traditionally got on well and a balance has been achieved –

Muslim friendly attire for the Gold Coast

Muslim friendly attire for the Gold Coast

However that was until quite recently when there was a vote for a new mosque that was rejected by the council. Apparently there has been some dissent amongst locals of the growing islamic influence in the area, I hope the people there do not face too much islamophobia as the ones I met were extremely nice and hospitable.

Whilst there I managed to go to Friday prayer at the main Gold Coast Mosque

Inside the Mosque

Inside the Mosque

Gold Coast Mosque

Gold Coast Mosque

This I found is a good place to meet some people to ask about halal food and just personally for myself to speak to other western muslims and see what they are up to and what issues they face etc.

To sum up, I found Sufers Paradise a really interesting place and one full of surprises and would recommend to all regardless of what your into as it has bit of everything for everyone.

Adieu…Adieu..Stormy