Hotels in Surfers Paradise Gold Coast Australia
Surfers Paradise is the tourist hub of Gold Coast. The suburb hangs high above a broad golden beach that is extremely popular with a huge variety of tourists. Surfers Paradise has the highest concentration of accommodation and tourist services in the Gold Coast, with countless restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Energetic and enthusiastic, Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast's social and party centre. An abundance of restaurants and bars are the main attraction, many of them opening long into the night. During daylight hours this suburb congregates around the beachfront boulevard, with beachfront markets operating into the evening. After dark, the action continues on the interior streets.
Skypoint is one of the highest buildings in the Gold Coast and its Observation Deck offers a 360-degree panorama over the region. Other attractions include Dracula's Haunted House, the Gold Coast Wax Museum and the iFly Indoor Skydiving centre.
Surfers Paradise is a major hub for Gold Coast transport. Over half the Gold Coast bus lines travel through here and there are multiple stations on the Gold Coast Light Rail network. Robina is the closest train station.
Brisbane businessman Jim Cavill was responsible for the iconic name – Surfers Paradise. In 1925, he opened the first coastal hotel in a suburb called Elston. It was called the Surfers Paradise Hotel and contained the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden. In 1933 he convinced the local council to change the suburb's name to that of his hotel. Unfortunately, Cavill's wooden hotel and beer garden was burnt to the ground just three years later.