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Top Choice Club in Surfers Paradise

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A Saturday Night Fever–style dance floor always bodes well for good times, and this little bar-to-club venue features DJs who know their electronica, including cracking live sets from the soon-to-be-famous. Crowds a…
Top Choice Cafe in Surfers Paradise

Bumbles Café

This gorgeous spot – a converted house (actually, at one stage, a brothel) – is the place for breakfast, sweet treats and coffee. It comprises a series of rooms, from the pink Princess Room (perfect for afternoon te…
Modern Australian in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Sandbar

After a staggering 19 years in beachside business, the owners here handed over the reins to their son. Back from serious hospitality work in Bali, he transformed Sandbar into a Riviera-meets-Canggu hot spot, full of…
Modern Australian in Surfers Paradise

Elston

The name harks back to Surfers Paradise's pre-1933 identity, and this atmospheric spot mixes beach views with a Lower Manhattan industrial feel. Come for hearty, rustic dishes when you can't look at another salad bo…
Viewpoint in Surfers Paradise

SkyPoint Observation Deck

Surfers Paradise's best sight is best observed from your beach towel, but for an eagle-eye view of the coast and hinterland, zip up to this 230m-high observation deck near the top of Q1, one of the world's notably t…
Bar in Surfers Paradise

Beergarden

Not so much a garden – more of a black-painted beer barn with a long balcony overlooking Cavill Ave that's awash with backpackers and students. Steel yourself with a few cold ones on the balcony before you hit the c…
Italian in Surfers Paradise

Baritalia

A thoroughly Italian place with a fab outdoor terrace and friendly, European staff. Go for the Byron Bay slow-roasted pork belly, or excellent pastas, pizzas and risotto (including gluten-free choices). Decent Austr…
Food Hall in Surfers Paradise

4217

A lovely concept that still seems like it's finding its feet, the 4217 has a serious coffee haunt (Paradox), a beautiful tea shop (Cha) and a good Italian providore (Salts Meats Cheese). The later also does Neopolit…
Bar in Surfers Paradise

Helm Bar & Bistro

With the exception of Irish pubs, this nautical-themed bar is one of the friendlier drinking spots in town, perfect for a beer or six as the sun sets over the Nerang River. Decent enough pizzas and steaks, too.
Film in Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Film Festival

Mainstream and art-house flicks from all over the world feature in mid- to late April on outdoor screens, including SIPFest, two nights of short films screened right on the beach.