Just over an hour south of Brisbane, Surfers Paradise is a slice of coastal heaven. With its iconic high-rise skyline, skirted by the golden sands of its eponymous beach, Surfers (as the locals call it) is a place of pilgrimage for party animals and wave-hounds alike.
If you’re planning your Surfers holiday, don’t stress if surfing or clubbing aren’t you. Here are a couple of alternative ways to spend your days on the Gold Coast.
1. Get a bird’s eye view on the SkyPoint Climb
The SkyPoint Climb is Australia’s highest external building climb, and offers unparalleled views of Surfers Paradise from the top of Q1. Over the course of 90 minutes, you’ll climb roughly 270 metres in the open air, with a jaw-dropping 360-degree view over the city and the sparkling ocean as your reward.
If you prefer to admire the view of Surfers Paradise from indoors, visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck on the 77th floor. You can still witness the wraparound views while grabbing something to eat from the Seventy7 Cafe & Bar.
2. Visit Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Surfers Paradise (the beach) is home to some totally sick waves, but it’s also the location of the city’s lively market scene. If you head down to the shorefront on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll find the renowned Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, with 120 stalls offering an eclectic array of food, arts and crafts.
Whether you’re after a unique piece by a local artist, some quality homewares or just a bite to eat, you’re sure to find it here! If you plan your visit right, you might even catch one of the frequent live performances.
3. Have a round of golf
So you’re not a fan of getting pounded by the surf, but you’d still like a bit of physical activity? How about a round of golf? Situated in Clear Island Waters, Surfers Paradise Golf Club is an impeccably-maintained course. It makes no difference if you’re an amateur or a more experienced golfer – you’re bound to enjoy the 18 holes of fairways and greens. With a number of surprises up its sleeve, you can challenge yourself on the par 71 course any time of year.
When you’re ready for a respite, retire to the Surfers Paradise Golf Club Bistro, which offers everything from steak and fresh seafood to burgers, pizza and pasta.