Top things to do in Surfers Paradise

Top Choice Bar in Surfers Paradise

Island Rooftop

It may be surrounded by Surfers' high-rises rather than perched atop one (on level 1 of the Island hotel), but this plant-filled open-air rooftop bar swaps sweeping views for sophistication, attracting the Gold Coas…
Australian in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Sandbar

This family-run hot spot is a little Riviera-meets-Canggu opposite the beach, with a menu of globally inflected dishes. There's a big breakfast menu, offering bountiful smoothie bowls alongside more hangover-friendl…
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…
Food Hall in Surfers Paradise

4217

A lovely concept that still seems to be finding its feet, the 4217 is home to a serious coffee haunt, Paradox, as well as an American burger and beer bar, Brooklyn Depot, and a good Italian provedore, Salts Meats Ch…
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…
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…
Sandwiches in Surfers Paradise

The Sandwich Bros

Wrap your lips around these tasty toasted sandwiches and burgers with fillings such as garlic mushroom grilled cheese, BBQ brisket or southern fried chicken with slaw. The house sauces are tasty and you can order yo…
Australian in Surfers Paradise

Elston

Its name harking back to Surfers Paradise's pre-1933 identity, this atmospheric spot mixes beach views with a cool industrial feel. Come for big breakfasts; juicy burgers, steaks, seafood and salads at lunch; or pop…
Italian in Surfers Paradise

Baritalia

A thoroughly Italian place with a fab outdoor terrace, friendly staff, and tasty pastas and pizzas, including gluten-free choices and a good range of vegetarian options. Decent Australian and Italian wines by the gl…
Coffee in Surfers Paradise

Paradox Coffee Roasters

Sustainably sourced beans are roasted on-site in a Brambati Italian roaster to produce some seriously good brews at this cafe in the 4217 food hall. It also does a fine food menu of all-day breakfasts, and burgers a…