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You'll probably regret that fifth Mojito and devouring that 3 a.m. kebab, but you’ll never regret travelling. So we reckon it’s about time you made your way to Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast! With around 600,000 people calling this city home, there's a good chance you'll make some new friends while you're in town. Once you've hit the tarmac at Brisbane Airport and hauled your bags from the carousel, Surfers Paradise is a drive of 75 kilometres to the southeast. From downtown Gold Coast, it's located 2 kilometres north.
A good number of this city's top attractions are scattered near Surfers Paradise, and Sea World and the Star Gold Coast are two of the most outstanding. The gotta-see sights of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach are also easily accessible. A brilliant way to immerse yourself in this city is to wander around some of its neighbourhoods. So why not make your way to nearby Bundall and Main Beach and explore their sights and sounds?
Learn about the cultural scene at the Draculas Haunted House, the Arts Centre Gold Coast and the Spirit of Gold Coast.
Nothing beats the atmosphere of excitement when a show is about to begin. Take your seat and watch the curtains go up at the Dracula's Queensland and the Spotlight Theatre.
Is your golf swing too slow? Does your stance need some work? With superb fairways like the Emerald Lakes Golf Club, the Palm Meadows Golf Course, the Lakelands Golf Club and the Surfers Paradise Golf Club to play at, improving your score will be par for the course.
Kids tend to have fun in the most unexpected locations. Take your camera and capture the moments at the Wax Museum and Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
Are the kids getting tired of all the history and culture? Give them a break and head over to some of the local family friendly attractions. Slingshot, Timezone, Infinity Attraction and Putt Putt Golf Mermaid Beach are popular choices.
Whether you're looking to recharge your batteries a little bit or hang out with some friends, the nearby green spaces are delightful places to be. Take your pick from Philip Park, Broadwater Parklands, Parklands Gold Coast and Cascade Gardens.
A holiday doesn't feel complete without spending some time by the water. Thankfully, you'll have access to Cod Hole and Australian Kayaking Adventures.
Stock up on the essentials or search for a few unique souvenirs. Purchase all the items on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach Mall and Australia Fair Shopping Centre.
You never know what you might find at the Queensland Korean War Memorial, SkyPoint Climb and the Anzac Park. These age-old sites have plenty of stories to tell.
Sacred sites such as Reach Out for Christ and St. Peter's Anglican Church can give you a greater understanding of the region's religious side. Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere and take a moment to contemplate.
Slip into some red, gold and blue and join the masses of spirited Australian rules football (AFL) supporters who unconditionally love the Gold Coast Suns. All the fun happens at Metricon Stadium, which is not too far from Surfers Paradise.
With such a fabulous range, you aren't going to have any issues finding your Surfers Paradise hotel. At the moment, lastminute.com.au lists more than 302 places to hit the hay.
No matter how you like to roll, there's a room for you in Surfers Paradise. For accommodation that won't burn a hole in your wallet, book yourself in at either the Zenith Ocean Front Apartments (20 The Esplanade) or the Broadwater Tourist Park (169 Marine Parade). Or would you rather spend your time in more luxurious surrounds? Get ready to be treated like royalty at the Palazzo Versace or the Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise.
If you're here for just a couple of days and only have time to take in the more popular attractions, take a room at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast or the Sea World Resort. They are both within a short stroll of Sea World.
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