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With beach-funk decor, a Bali-esque pool area and an ultra laid-back vibe, this eight-storey converted apartment tower is the ultimate surf retreat. There are budget dorms, apartments and a hip penthouse begging for a party...
A glitzy post-modern Roman apparition, the Palazzo Versace is pure extravagance, from the opulent rooms to the indulgent restaurants and bars...
Surfers International Apartments
This high-rise, just off the beach, has large, comfortable apartments with full ocean views. The complex comes with a small gym and a rooftop pool. This is a good option, close to everything.
Chateau Beachside Resort
Less Loire Valley, more Las Vegas, this seaside ‘chateau’ (actually an 18-storey tower) is an excellent choice. All the renovated studios and apartments have ocean views and the 18m pool is a bonus. Minimum two-night stay.
Hillhaven Holiday Apartments
Right on the headland adjacent to the national park, these renovated apartments have awesome views of Burleigh Heads and the surf. It’s ultra quiet and only 150m to the beach.
O'reilly's Rainforest Retreat
This famous 1926 guesthouse has lost its original grandeur but retains a rustic charm – and sensational views! Newer luxury villas and doubles add a contemporary sheen...
Moorings On Cavill
This roomy, 73-apartment tower at the river end of Cavill Ave is great for families: the vibe is quiet and respectful. The location is hard to beat too: close to the beach, the shops and the restaurants. Super-clean and managed with a smile.
Harbour Side Resort
‘Resort’ is a bit of a stretch, and disregard the busy road: inside this facelifted, three-storey place you’ll find motel-style units with well-equipped kitchens and a fab pool.
Trickett Gardens Holiday Inn
This friendly low-rise block is great for families, with a central location and well-equipped, self-contained units. It’s so tranquil it’s hard to believe you’re close to Surfers’ frantic action.
Kirra Vista Holiday Units
Forget the drab exterior; the renovated units in this small complex are a welcome surprise. All rooms have ocean views but be sure to book the renovated units.
Burleigh Palms Holiday Apartments
Even though they’re on the highway, these large and comfortable self-contained units – a quick dash to the beach through the back alley – are solid value...
Backpackers In Paradise
If you’re in Surfers to wage war against sleep, this party backpackers is for you. Encircling a courtyard carpeted with astroturf, most rooms are freshly painted and have bathrooms. The bar does cheap dinners – fuel-up before you hit the town.
Islander Backpackers Resort
This faded pink high-rise hostel gets full marks for location: it’s right next door to the transit centre and only one block from both the beach and Cavill Ave. If staying in November or December, the place is filled with hundreds of schoolies.
Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort
This purpose-built hostel, with sauna, tennis court, pool room and bar, has newly renovated rooms and self-contained apartments. It’s family friendly, offers good security, free laundry facilities and a free courtesy bus to and from the transit centre.
A looong 4km haul from the action in an industrial pocket next to the noisy airport, this YHA is redeemed by free breakfast, free transfers to Coolangatta and the beach across the road. You can also hire surfboards ($20 per day) and bikes ($25).
Budds In Surfers
Laid-back Budds features tidy bathrooms, clean tiles, free wi-fi, a sociable bar and a beaut pool, all just a short hop from calm-water Budds Beach. Bike hire available.
Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences
Located 100 metres from the beach, Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences offers luxury apartments with panoramic views. Guests have access to a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, sauna and hot tub...
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa’s beachside observation deck rises 230 metres above Surfers Paradise, with 360° views over the Gold Coast hinterland, Pacific Ocean and Byron Bay. All accommodation features a spa bath...
The Towers Of Chevron Renaissance
The Towers Of Chevron Renaissance Apartments feature a private sanctuary of sandy beaches, swimming pools and tropical gardens overlooking the ocean. Facilities include a private movie theatre and a fitness centre...
Meriton Serviced Apartments Broadbeach
Just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach, Meriton Serviced Apartments Broadbeach offers luxurious accommodation. Leisure facilities include an indoor and outdoor pool, a sauna, hot tub and fitness centre. Some apartments feature stunning ocean views...
Mantra Circle On Cavill
With 3 outdoor pools, a sauna, hot tub and an in-house cinema room, Mantra Circle on Cavill offers a number of relaxation options. Guests can work out in the fitness centre or take an 8-minute walk to the beach for a swim...
Norfolk Luxury Beachfront Apartments
Norfolk Luxury Beachfront Apartments is located across the main beach, a 30-drive from Gold Coast Airport. It offers an outdoor pool, a full-size tennis court and free parking on site. Apartments offer both air conditioning and heating facilities...