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Surfers Paradise - More Than Just For Surfers
 
gold coast qldA paradise for surfers can be found in the very heart of Queensland's Gold Coast, and is known worldwide as Surfers Paradise. Positioned just 83 kilometres south of Brisbane, this particular stretch of coast covers 70 kilometres of beach which begins at the very south-east corner of Queensland. Surfers truly is a paradise, so it comes as no surprise that it is visited by millions each and every year. So get in quick before the tourists completely take over.

A hub of activity can be found right in the centre of Surfers, where visitors will come across a creative fusion of beach and city lifestyles that have grown from humble beginnings to becoming one of the trendiest places to be in the state. The area was initially recognised for its fruitful fishing grounds before official white settlement in the 1840's. Southport was established in 1874 and marked the beginning of what was to become a continuous development of commercial buildings and structures, which we now fondly refer to as the city of the Gold Coast.

When entering Surfers Paradise, you will past countless stunning beaches and you just won't be able to help yourself from stopping to take a closer look. Popular tourist beaches include Main Beach, The Spit, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach and Sanctuary Cove. All of these are visible as you cruise along the esplanade, and there is plenty of parking that will make it easy for you to stop and take a look. Feel the sand through your toes and check out the pro-surfers, or spend a quality day out with the kids, taking part in fun beach activities such as beach cricket, volleyball, swimming and picnicking.

Although the name suggests otherwise, the beaches here aren't the only things that draw in the tourists. Adrenaline seekers, recreation lovers and of course, the kids are instantly going to fall in love with this place. Seaworld would have to be the ultimate family attraction here and its location on Main Beach, facing the Broadwater means that you can easily get to it. Seaworld features rides, shows and attractions that suit all ages and tastes. It is also home to Australia's only polar bear cubs and is the residence of countless dolphins, sea lions and seals, who put on numerous shows throughout the day, making this the ultimate destination for a great family day out on the Gold Coast.

Other activities to add to the must-see-and-do list are a visit to Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and the Wax Museum. Both of these museums are ideal for an informative and interesting afternoon and you leave with feelings of both disbelief and awe. There are also some brilliant art galleries that display more authentic exhibitions of genuine indigenous art, as well as the talents of many local painters. These galleries highly demonstrate the diverse and fresh cultural scene that Surfers Paradise has now become famous for.

As mentioned earlier, thrill seekers are guaranteed to find something fun here as well. Around every corner there is an extreme activity that you can sink your teeth into. Start off slow with the flight simulator and the sling shot and vomatron, then work up your courage and brave bungee jumping or parasailing. Possibly the best fun you could have!

The atmosphere in Surfers makes you feel like a tourist from the moment you arrive, so why not go along with the flow. The Adventure Duck is the perfect way to do this as it is a fantastic vehicle that has the ability to travel on both land and water. Take a break from the comfort of a normal car and experience the thrills and spills of this day tour, which coincidentally comes in the shape of a duck. Now this really will make you feel like a tourist! Absorb all the sights, sounds and smells of Surfers, and gain a whole new perspective that you never thought possible.

Keeping with the theme of paradise, Surfers is also one of these for shoppers. Take a leisurely stroll along the esplanade and you will encounter quaint boutiques, hidden arcades and buried retail gems. The Beachfront Markets are held every Wednesday and Friday evening and display many locally made gifts, while offering the experience of shopping practically on top of the beach. Venture further along and you will come across 14 shopping centres to further cure your retail fix. Surfers Paradise is the only district in Queensland that offers 7-days a week of late night shopping, so be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity, leaving enough room in your suitcases for the return trip home.

The breathtaking skyline makes up your accommodation options in Surfers Paradise giving you a choice of elite beach resorts, apartments, hotels, motels and villas. Or for a more traditional family holiday, pitch a tent or campervan at one of the beachfront caravan and tourist parks. There is sure to be something to suit all tastes, needs and budgets.

Surfers Paradise is essentially a paradise for all! Its diverse cultural scene, world class attractions and accommodation and breathtaking beaches offer a truly fantastic holiday destination. Effectively, it is a blend of all the good things that Australia has to offer! It is also the perfect destination for a campervan Brisbane vacation.



Christine Barton




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