So many reasons – from golden sand to nightclubs

Surfers Paradise, Queensland: There are so many reasons why tourists flock to Surfers Paradise. Most come here to soak up the beautiful sunny weather, some come to surf and relax on the 3km strip of golden sand, some come to shop at the boutique shops and restaurants, some to experience all the theme parks and attractions, some to party at some of the hottest nightclubs and bars and the rest to just enjoy the stunning surrounds.

Surfers Paradise is the suburb area of the Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia. The location is full of high-rise buildings and is situated right on the beautiful Surfers Paradise beach. The main shopping strip is called Cavill Avenue and is home to over 300 boutique shops and restaurants.

The new G-link tram system, which has 16 stations and leaves every 10 minutes, is a new feature to the city. The route gives tourists and locals quicker access from Southport to Surfers to Broadbeach.

It was our first trip since having our daughter two and a half years ago and we decided to leave the cold weather of Melbourne, Australia, behind and head north for the sunny weather in Queensland. We thought it would be a great two-week escape from the everyday home and routine life and explore and experience some new sights with our daughter.

HERE TO STAY:

Mantra Circle on Cavill.
Location, location, location. The Mantra Circle on Cavill is just that.  It’s Prime location in the heart of Surfers Paradise.  The Mantra Circle comprises of two residential towers and occupies 179 spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments all with full gourmet kitchen and spacious open plan living.  With privately owned apartments sometimes it’s hard to know what you are getting, but we took the risk because of its great location, and it paid off.

The apartments are located just a couple of minutes from Surfers Paradise Beach and sit above the Cavill Shopping Centre.  Rest a shore if you forgotten anything, Woolworths supermarket is right downstairs.  All apartments feature spacious living area, kitchen, spa bath, air-conditioning, laundry facilities, broadband internet access, Cable TV, DVD player and private balcony and are very well maintained.

 The hotel facilities are just amazing.  There is a lagoon style swimming pool and an indoor heated swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium, 24 hour reception, games room, undercover car parking, complimentary tour booking service, BBQ areas, resident lounges and a 12 seater theatrette.

Q1 Resort and Spa
The Q1 Resort & Spa is the tallest residential building in Surfers Paradise and boasts extensive ocean views from South Stradbroke Island to Tweed Heads. Our self-contained one bedroom Ocean Spa Apartment featuring 85 square metres of luxury living space was just what we needed with our two and a half year old daughter. The views from the apartment were just breath taking.  The open plan apartment provided plenty of space for her to run around and was just perfect with the modern gourmet kitchen cooking up snacks and meals when needed.

The resort facilities include two outdoor lagoon swimming pools and one indoor heated lap pool and spa. The fully equipped gymnasium with change rooms and male and female sauna and steam rooms are second to one. The resort features a unique opportunity to seclude yourself in sheer luxury as you soak up the Queensland sunshine.

WHAT TO DO:
Queensland is known as the theme park capital of Australia with Dreamworld, Warner Bros. MovieWorld, SeaWorld and Wet ‘n’ Wild all in the one place! Check out as many as possible as they all have different themes. All parks cater for kids of all ages.

SkyPoint Observation Deck

SkyPoint is located 230 metres in the sky and on the top of the Q1 Building located on Level 77.  It offers breath taking 360-degree views from the hinterlands to the beach.  I was told that SkyPoint has one of the world’s fastest elevators taking you to the deck in only 43 seconds.   The viewing deck is fully enclosed by floor to ceiling glass panels, featuring a glass ceiling around the Observation Deck.  It’s also Australia’s only beachside Observation Deck.

Bluewater Cruises
Want to see some of the million dollar houses of the rich and famous? Then jump on board a cruise with Bluewater Cruises.  The weather was just ideal for sitting on the roof of the boat and having a well-deserved beverage while viewing some amazing million-dollar homes.

Beachfront Markets
Down by the foreshore on Surfers Paradise Beach, 3 times a week is the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market. From bags to jewellery to food and photo opportunities, this market has something for everyone.

Shopping
There are 14 shopping centres and arcades in Surfers Paradise, so pack your comfy shoes and enjoy.

WHERE TO EAT:
Melbas on the Park, Sizzler, Hard Rock Café, Matador Tapas Restaurant, Hogs Breath Café, Waves Restaurant, Waxy’s Irish Pub, Zambreo, just to name a few.

WEATHER:
Surfers Paradise delivers idyllic weather conditions and has a comfortable sub-tropical climate ideal for outdoor enjoyment all-year round.

Summer: December, January and February
Average High temp: 28ºC
Average Sunrise: 5:00 am
Average Sunset: 7:00 pm

Autumn: March, April and May
Average High temp: 25ºC
Average Sunrise: 6:00 am
Average Sunset: 5:30 pm

Winter: June, July and August
Average High temp: 21ºC
Average Sunrise: 6:30 am
Average Sunset: 5:15 pm

Spring: September, October and November
Average High temp: 25ºC
Average Sunrise: 5:00 am
Average Sunset: 6:00 pm

SURFING
With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched beaches and four epic point breaks, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is home to a city called Surfers Paradise. The conditions at Surfers Paradise are ideal for surfing lessons and surf hire with patrolled beaches by professional lifeguards and warm water. Whether you are a professional at hand or just a beginner, there is definitely room for everyone on the sunny beach at Surfers Paradise.

LIFEGUARD SCHEDULES
Surfers Paradise Beach Lifeguard Tower 34 is located next to arched Surfers Paradise sign and is manned by the Gold Coast City Council. The lifeguards are on duty 365 days a year on the following schedule:
Weekdays:

  • December to January – 7:30am to 6:30pm
  • February to March – 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • April to November – 8.00am to 5.00pm

Weekends:

  • May to September – 8.00am to 5.00pm

Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club members patrol weekends and public holidays from mid-September to the first weekend in May on the following schedule:

  • December to January – 7.00am to 6.00pm
  • September to November – 8.00am to 5.00pm
  • February to May – 8.00am to 5.00pm

EVENTS
October 2015:
NetFest
V8 Super Cars Castrol Gold Coast 600

November 2015:
Bonjour French Festival

December 2015:
Broadbeach Christmas Carrols

January 2016:
Gatorade Queensland Tri Series – Round 5 Robina

February 2016:
Gold Coast MS Swimathon

April 2016:
Cooly Classic Ocean Swim
QPow on Broadbeach

May 2016:
Gold Coast International Marine Expo

THINGS TO DO NEXT TIME:
Unfortunately I didn’t get to see everything on my list in Surfers Paradise, but next time I visit, I would love to see: Aqua Duck Tours, Ripleys Believe It or Not, The Wax Museum, QT High Tea, Surfers Paradise Ghost Tours, King Tutts Putt Putt

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