SkyPoint Observation Deck

If you suffer from vertigo, best give Skypoint Observation Deck a miss. If not, then it is one of the best things to in Surfers Paradise. It’s a thrilling attraction boasting 360-degree views of the city, sea, hinterland and beyond. Housed on levels 77 and 78 of the Q1 Tower – one of the tallest residential apartment buildings in the world – the deck gives visitors a chance to take in unparalleled vistas of the Gold Coast while enjoying sky-high refreshments. If you’ve got nerves of steel swap the comforts of inside for an outside climb to the pinnacle of the tower 230 metres above the ground. It’s just like the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb only much, much higher.

SkyPoint Tower
The SkyPoint Observation Deck provides unbelievable views of Surfers Paradise

Cavill Avenue

The beating heart of Surfers Paradise, Cavill Avenue is the place to see and be seen on the Gold Coast. The pedestrian mall is an entertainment hotspot lined with restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops. By day the holiday hub buzzes with tourists, surfies and bikini-clad young women, at night it transforms into an adults’ playground. Hanging out at the end of the avenue where the mall meets the beach is a great place to people watch and pause as the world goes by.

Cavill Avenue
Sit here on Cavill Avenue and watch the world go by

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

Ever wondered just how tall the world’s tallest man really was? At Ripley’s Believe it or Not you can sidle up next to a life-size model of the humungous human and find out for yourself. Ripley’s is a hotbed for all things quirky, curious and downright confounding. Peruse the 16 galleries and 400-plus exhibits of artefacts, oddities and interactive displays from around the world. See shrunken heads, check out a wedding dress made from toilet paper and brave a walk through the spinning vortex tunnel. You might not believe everything you see but you’ll have a blast letting your imagination run wild. Or not.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

There’s nothing like an artisan trinket or one-off souvenir for reminiscing about your holiday long after your tan has faded. At the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets you can splurge on a whole range of locally made goodies from fashion, jewellery and artwork, to framed photographs, beauty products and home wares. When the sun goes down more than 120 stalls go up as entertainers come out to play and crowds flock onto the beach. Check out the night markets each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Canal cruise

See a side to Surfers Paradise you never imagined during a cruise of the area’s vast waterways. The Gold Coast has more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined and offers a waterborne experience different from the usual surf and sand. Try Wyndham Cruises for a leisurely one-and-a-half hour morning or afternoon cruise, or enjoy a lunch trip with fresh prawns and craft beer. Definitely one of the best things to do in Surfers Paradise.

Surfers Paradise Canals
Surfers Paradise canals will give you a whole new perspective!


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