Australia’s most iconic holiday destination – Surfers Paradise
Excitement, entertainment and energy. With its ample offerings for young and old, Surfers Paradise is out to prove it’s no longer just for the night owls.
The jewel in the crown of the Gold Coast is undoubtedly Surfers Paradise, one of the country’s most recognised destinations. The surfside suburb has been a tourism hot spot since the 1920s, when Brisbane hotelier Jim Cavill purchased 10 hectares of land in the then-named Elston. Now named the far more appropriate Surfers Paradise, the district comes fringed by pristine coastline and reliable swell, though it is best known for the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline and the even more famous bikini-clad meter maids.
Built for pleasure and remaining a place dedicated to sun, surf and the body beautiful, this strip of coast is possibly Australia’s most iconic holiday destination. Its shimmering high-rises can, when glimpsed from afar, resemble a make-believe city, and its reputation for tackiness is occasionally deserved. But this is far outstripped by the area’s youthful spirit and startling physical beauty: some 52km of pristine sand with countless epic surf breaks, stunning sunsets, blissful water temperatures and 300 sunny days a year.
While Surfers Paradise’s malls and mega-clubs entertain the party-hard kids, the other neighbourhoods have distinct charms of their own, from booming culinary scenes and coastal chic to retro beach holiday nostalgia and laid-back local flavour. Not to be overlooked is the lush, misty subtropical rainforest of the hinterland – a good place to get in touch with the spirit of the traditional owners of this land, the Yugambeh people.
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