For an eagle-eye view of the coast and hinterland, zip up to this 230m-high observation deck near the top of Q1; at 322m, it's the world's tallest residential building. Save money on Friday and Saturday nights when it turns into a cocktail bar from 8pm to 11pm (admission $10). You can also tackle the SkyPoint Climb (sunrise/day/twilight/night $107/77/97/87) up the spire to a height of 270m.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Surfers Paradise attractions

2. Infinity

0.49 MILES

Lose the kids for an hour (literally) in this walk-through maze, cunningly disguised with elaborate audiovisual displays.

3. Budds Beach

0.89 MILES

Budds Beach is the narrow, riverside beach on Surfers Paradise's Nerang River. It's great for kids and beginner stand-up paddleboarders.

4. Main Beach Pavilion

2.17 MILES

The lovely but somewhat shabby Spanish Mission–style Pavilion (1934) is a remnant from pre-boom days. Inside there's a cafe, toilets and changing rooms,…

5. 19 Karen

2.38 MILES

A contemporary art space in a small back-street converted warehouse, 19 Karen has group shows and exhibits emerging local talent and international artists…

6. Broadwater Parklands

2.44 MILES

Hugging the water's edge on the Southport side of the Broadwater estuary, this large park features free barbecues, beach volleyball, a swimming pontoon,…

7. Miami Marketta

3.99 MILES

A hawker-style street market in a previously abandoned warehouse strewn with fairy lights, this lively space has food, fashion, art and live music. Work…

8. Village Markets

5.68 MILES

This long-running market highlights local designers, makers and collectors, with fashion and lifestyle stalls, lots of live music and a strong local…