There are a ridiculous number of things to do in Surfers Paradise with kids, that there is no chance you will find yourself wondering what to in Surfers Paradise. From swimming and building sandcastles on the stunning Surfers Paradise beach, to mini golf, exhilarating rides and spectacular 360 degree views of the Gold from the SkyPoint Observation Deck, there are numerous Surfers Paradise attractions kids absolutely love. Not only are there numerous things to do in Surfers Paradise for families, but there are plenty of excellent family accommodation Surfers Paradise has on offer as well as some great family friendly Surfers Paradise restaurants.
Surfers Paradise holidays are perfect for families that want plenty of action and this guide will provide everything you need. Keep reading for a comprehensive list of things to do in Surfers Paradise kids will love, as well my pick family friendly Surfers Paradise accommodation and hot tips on where to take the kids to eat.
In this guide I cover the following:
- The best things to do in Surfers Paradise with kids
- Where to stay in Surfers Paradise with family
- Family friendly restaurants
- Getting to and from the Airport
- Getting around in Surfers Paradise
Best Things to do in Surfers Paradise with Kids
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Throughout the family things to do in Surfers Paradise section, I have tried to provide as much information as possible to make your planning for your family friendly Surfers Paradise trip super easy. I have provided locations, opening hours and ticket prices.
You’ll see that that I often recommend you purchase your tickets in advance from Experience Oz. Yes, I will receive a small commission if you do purchase from Experience Oz – but as you will see in most cases you will save yourself a stack of cash if you book through them. I use them myself to book tickets – sometimes I have been known to sit outside the ticket booth of an attraction and book tickets on my phone from Experience Oz as they are sooooo much cheaper. Taking the kids to loads of Surfers Paradise can be expensive so any savings you can make is well worth it.
Sometimes it is cheaper to book tickets else where and I will let you know under each attraction if that is the case.
Of course all the prices and information in this post are correct at the time of publishing and are in AUD.
1. Swim at the Beach
A visit to the beach has to be one of the top things to do with kids in Surfers Paradise, right? It ticks so many boxes perfect for families with kids of all ages, perfect if you’re looking for things to do in Surfers Paradise with toddlers or teenagers, and it’s free!
There are numerous of activities you can do at Surfers Paradise beach, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, building sand castles, go for a beach stroll or read a book. Spend an hour here or spend the entire day. In fact visit here just one day or spend your entire holiday here and do nothing else! The choice is completely yours.
My top tip – no matter how calm the water looks or how excellent a swimmer your or the kids are, ALWAYS swim between the flags! And my second top tip – apply LOTS of sunscreen! You will burn fast, even on a shady day.
2. Infinity Surfers Paradise
If your looking for family things to do in Surfers Paradise that is a little different, then check out Infinity, Surfers Paradise. Infinity is an absolute mind blowing experience into a futuristic and spectacular maze-like world of wonder and fun. It is made up of around 20 multi-sensual environments where you’ll be transported into world altogether. The unique special effects, ultra groovy music, atmospheric sounds, and illusions make it a fantastic out-of-this-world experience.This is certainly one of the more unusual things to do in the Gold Coast with the family.
Anyone from age 8 can experience this awesome sensory overload and enjoy the special effects fun house which will be like nothing you have ever experienced before! Just a word of warning though – it is pitch black inside and so little ones may not like it. It’s also not recommended for anyone a little claustrophobic. Whilst I absolutely loved it and so did our 12 year old international student, Kenny, who was travelling with us, Myla didn’t. loved it! It would have to be one of the most unique experiences I have ever had – I’ve never done anything quite like it! Add it to your Gold Coast to do list.
At the time of publishing tickets were $26.90 per adult and $17.90 per child with family passes being $75.90. However for discounted tickets, purchase online where tickets are $26.90 per adult, $17.90 per child and $75.90 for a family pass. Click here to buy your discounted tickets.
Infinity is open every day from 10am to 10pm and located at the Chevron Renaissance Centre on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise.
3. Gold Coast Snow Park
One of my personal favourite Surfers Paradise activities is the Gold Coast Snow Park. However despite the name of the park you won’t see a drop of snow anywhere! At the Snow Park there are various slides and an icekart track made from a product which replicates gliding along actual snow. So you can snow toboggan and drive karts across the ice even in the middle of Queensland’s hot summers!
There are three slides here, a smaller one where three people can go at once and race each other, a mid size slide and then the ultimate slide where you go flying in the air and land on a massive inflatable pillow. A word of warning this is not just for kids – I absolutely loved it – even the giant slide! It feels absolutely amazing to go flying through the air! Honestly this slide is one of the best things to do in Surfers Paradise if you want to have a lot of fun!
The smaller slide is perfect for younger kids and in fact was the only one Myla would go on, but she loved the ice karts. They are super easy to drive and Myla could do it all by herself without issue. Ok maybe not without issue, but a little help here and there from the ride operator and she was on her way. She absolutely loved being able to drive the kart all by herself.
You can buy an hour pass for $30 which includes 1 go on the icekarts or $55 for 2 hours which includes 2 goes on the icekarts. Alternatively, you can pay per ride which is $3 for the small slide, $5 for the mid slide, $7 for the massive slide and $9 per ride on the icekarts.
We had so much fun here, and I was personally surprised how much I loved it, really is heaps of fun for the whole family – even Mum and Dad. One of the fun things to do in Surfers Paradise for the entire family.
A little tip the guys at the park wanted me to share with you is that you can even visit the park when it rains, you’ll just go faster! So more wondering what to so in Surfers Paradise when it rains!
4. King Tutts Putt Putt Golf
A round or two off putt putt golf is a great way to spend time with family and perfect for children of all ages. Perfect if you are looking for things to do in Gold Coast with toddlers right through to older kids or one of the indoor activities Surfers Paradise has to escape the midday sun.
At King Tutt’s there are three different courses you can play – the Egyptian, Jurassic or the outdoor course. The kids will love the glow in the dark caves on the Egyptian course and little dinosaur lovers will go nuts with all the massive dinosaurs throughout the Jurassic course. The great thing about these two courses is that they are indoors, so perfect if you want to escape the sun for a few hours or on rainy days.
Each course is 18 holes and takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to play.
We played two rounds during our visit – everyone was completely into during the first round – I even got a hole in one on my first hole – not even joking!! But half way through the second game it was clear Myla was a bit over it. Mind you we all just loved the first round.
One round of putt putt is $15 per adult and $10 per child with a family pass being $35. Its only $5 per person for 2 rounds and parents don’t need to pay to go on the course if just the kids are playing – but it’s highly recommended that Mum and Dad get in on the fun too!
King Tutt’s Putt Putt is located on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Ocean Ave and is open Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. There is also free parking out the front – a rarity in Surfers Paradise!
5. Time Zone
Another awesome activity for the entire family is a few hours at the Time Zone arcade. No matter if you have tiny tots or teenagers, kids of all ages will absolutely love this activity – definitely fun stuff to do on the Gold Coast with the family.
Here you will find the latest interactive games and rides. Games include old favourites such as pinball machines and Pac Man as well as car racing games, dance games, air hockey, shooting hoops and a zillion more! There are also dodgem cars, ten pin bowling, mini golf, laser skirmish, and a little kiddies area.
There are heaps of options to play (click here for the various options). You can pay as you go or purchase a package deal. We did the package deal which I think is the way to go with a family. The family pack is $85 which includes 48 tickets for games that are categorized as red and unlimited games that are categorized as yellow for up to 2 hours. You also get to go on the dodgems, bowling, mini golf and entry to kiddy land.
We went through the tickets pretty quickly, so it was great to still have the yellow games we could play. At the end of course, the kids will love going and cashing in their tickets for little trinket. Myla still rates this as one of the best kids activities Surfers Paradise has.
There are two Time Zone’s located on the Gold Coast one in the Paradise Centre in Surfers Paradise and at the Strand at Coolangatta. Time Zone is open daily and open from 9 am to 12 am.
6. Ripely’s Believe it or Not – Surfers Paradise
Ripley’s Believe it or not is the most unusual and unbelievable Surfers Paradise entertainment on offer. They guarantee that you will see something that you have never seen before and it’s up to you if you believe it… or not!
Ripley’s is full of amazing stories of history and adventure, magic, illusions, mystery and life-size figurines. There are over 400 hundred exhibits and there are plenty of interactive displays as well that the kids can get involved in. You can compare your height to the tallest man, walk through the spinning vortex or just like the movies make your way through the laser room without being touched by a laser beam.
I wasn’t sure if Myla would be interested in it, but she really enjoyed reading about all the strange and interesting things. It’s also perfect if you want to escape the sun for a bit and looking for one of the Gold Coast indoor attractions.
Ticket prices are $26.90 per adult and $16.90 per child with children under 5 free. Click here to purchase tickets online via Experience Oz.
Open 7 days a week from 9am – late with varying finish times depending on the season so please check this if you plan to go late at night. Ripley’s Believe it or not is located on the Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise.
7. Q1 SkyPoint
Top things to do in Surfers Paradise include a visit to the top of Q1 at the SkyPoint Observation Deck. Here you can stand on the Gold Coast’s highest building at 77 floors and 322 metres in the air to get the best possible view of the city. Certainly a Surfers Paradise must do if you have never visited the Gold Coast before.
You will get to go on one of the world’s fastest elevators that takes only 42.7 seconds to get to the top of the building! There are cafes and bars at the top for you to enjoy if you feel like having a drink or a bite to eat. A perfect family fun Gold Coast attraction for the whole family.
For those that are super brave and want to their Gold Coast adventures further, you can even get outside level 77 and climb even further to a peak height of 270 metres above sea level. Here you will have uninterrupted 360 degree views of the greater Gold Coast region. Children from the age of 12 can join the climb.
Entry to the observation deck is $25 per adult and $15 per child with under 3 free. You can purchase discounted tickets through Klook with adult tickets $22.00 and child tickets $14.00. Click here to purchase your tickets through the Klook website.
The SkyPoint Climb starts at $75 with options for a sunrise or sunset climb or various climbs including a meal at the SkyPoint Bistro. Click here to purchase your tickets online from Experience Oz.
SkyPoint is located at level 77 at the top of the Q1 Building, 3003 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast.
Opening hours of the Observation Deck are 7.30am to 9pm Sunday – Thursday, and 7.30am to late Friday and Saturdays. After 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights SkyPoint is is valid only for ages over the age of 18 with strict dress code regulations.
8. Gold Coast Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise
If you need even more stuff to do in Surfers Paradise, how about a visit to the Gold Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise. This Wax Museum is home to the largest collection of authentic wax figures in the Southern Hemisphere and include wax figures of famous faces that the whole family will recognize as well as other features like the gruesome and gory Torture Chamber.
The Wax Museum is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, situated on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway (56 Ferny Ave) and Elkhorn Ave. It is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm and prices are $32 per adult, $25 per child or a family pass (2A+2C) for $96.00. Click here to buy your tickets in advance from the Experience Oz website.
9. Aquaduck Tours
Aquaduck tours are one of the perfect Gold Coast tourist activities for the whole family. On this tour you will experience the Gold Coast on both land and water and pass by a range of Surfer Paradise tourist attractions. Tours last an hour and during that time you will be able to see gorgeous views of the Gold Coast from every possible angle.
You begin by driving through the streets of Surfers Paradise and then drive to the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast, passing Gold Coast tourist places such as Versace and Marina Mirage Resorts. Then the Aquaduck will ‘duck dive’ onto the Broadwater where you will be able to take in the beautiful sights of the Gold Coast from the waterways.
There are multiple cruise departure times starting from 10.00am with the last cruise departing at 5.30pm. Cruises depart from 36 Cavil Ave, Surfers Paradise.
Tickets are $38 per adult and $30 per child. At the time of publishing you can get discount tickets from Klook with adults being $34.20, children $23.75 and under 3 free. Click here to purchase your tickets through Klook.
10. IFLY Indoor Skydiving
iFly Indoor Skydiving offer one of the awesome Gold Coast adventure activities where you can experience the thrills of skydiving without having to actually do the terrifying jump! You will basically get to experience what it feels like jumping 14,000 feet free fall only you are in the safety of a glass wind tunnel with experienced and talented flight instructors.
This is the perfect activity for beginners or people who have always wanted to sky dive but haven’t managed to work up the courage to jump out of a plane yet! Anyone over the age of 3 years old can fly.
Opening hours are 11am to 9pm on Monday to Fridays, 8.30am to 9.30pm Saturdays, and 8.30am to 7pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. Hours vary slightly on school holidays so if you wish to go during one of those times, double check the hours via the website. iFly Gold Coast is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise at 3082 and 3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise.
At the time of publishing prices started at $69. Click here to purchase your tickets through the Experience Oz website.
11. Sling Shot & Vomatron Rides
If you’re looking for activities to do in Surfers Paradise that will really get your heart racing then the Sling Shot and Vomatron is for you! Get ready to be strapped in and sling shot at 160 kilometers per hour with this thrilling and exciting ride.
You can also go on the Vomatron, a ride that even the Astronauts fear! On this ride the passengers will experience the force of this machine powered by two huge electric motors, the giant 45m arm rotates forward at a quick speed. Just when you think it’s over it spins you back in reverse. Reach a velocity of 120km per hour and an altitude of more than 45 metres plus 4g acceleration.
You must be at least 110cm tall to go on both of these rides.
Ticket prices for the Sling shot ride are $30 per person, and the Vomatron is $20 per person. They are open from 10 am to 10 pm daily and are located on the corner of Cyprus Ave and Surfers Paradise Boulevard.
12. 7D Cinema
This awesome cinema brings you the newest technology in virtual reality so that instead of just feeling like you are watching a movie, you actually feel as if you are part of it. You will be wearing interactive 3D glasses as well as having 7 different special effects kick in that make the movie feel real and exhilarating. The ride goes for around 8 minutes.
Tickets at the gate are $15 per adult, $13 per child and $56 per family or save and book online with tickets being $13.50 per adult, $11.70 per child and $50.40 for a family pass. Click here to purchase your discounted tickets.
The cinema is open daily between 9.30 am and 10 pm and is located on the corner off Cavil Ave and Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise.
13. Holey Moley Putt Putt
Another one of the great Surfers Paradise kids activities is mini golf at Holey Moley Putt Putt – Putt Putt with a difference. The whole family will love having a game of putt putt with these 18 unique and crazy holes. Swing your club through shark infest waters and have fun identifying the pop culture references such as the Sampsons Couch and the Nine Iron Throne.
Holey Moley is located at Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Boulevard and open daily from 10 am to 12 am – perfect if you are after some Surfers Paradise night activities for the family. Prices start at $20 per person.
Looking for places to visit in Surfers Paradise that please the entire family? Checkpoint is a great place for the whole family where the kids get to play the latest computer games, whilst Mum and Dad can relax with a drink or two. Here they have gaming PCs, Xbox and PS4 consoles, retro arcade games, board games and racing simulators.
For the sports lovers there are several large screens where the latest games from around the world are broadcasted.
Checkpoint is located at 3090 Surfers Paradise Boulevard and is open daily from 10am to 12 am, however no children are permitted after 5 pm.
Strike down at Surfers Paradise is so much more than a tenpin bowling alley. The bowling alley has the lights turned down and the music turned up as well as cocktail bar and pizzas available. Children are welcome too but not after 8pm. Bowling starts at $12 per person per game.
As well bowling there are also multiple escape rooms, where you are locked into a room with your family and you have to find hidden objects and clue to escape. Escape rooms start at $32 per person. There are also karoke rooms available from $80 per hour.
Strike is located at Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Boulevard and open daily from 10 am to 12 am.
16. Visit the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night the over 100 stalls open up along the Surfers Paradise beach Esplanade. Here you will find a range of items such as fashion jewelry, art, home wares as well as various street entertainers.
Provided you can resist all the wonderful items on sale, a stroll around the Surfers Paradise beachfront markets, is perfect if you’r looking for free things to do in Surfers Paradise! Or perhaps one of the cheap things to in Surfers Paradise anyway!
Family Accommodation Surfers Paradise
There is a huge range of fantastic family friendly Surfers Paradise accommodation no matter your budget. From inexpensive to luxury and everything in between you will definitely find what you are looking for in Surfers.
The Novotel Surfers Paradise
We recently spent the weekend down at the Novotel Surfers Paradise and highly recommend it as the best place to stay in Surfers Paradise for families. It is perfect for families who visit Surfers Paradise, particularly if you want to be within walking distance to all the things to see in Surfers Paradise.
This is the view from our balcony and so as you can see the heart of Surfers Paradise is right on your door step. A huge majority of things to do around Surfers Paradise are in or close to Cavill Avenue, which is the strip directly to the left in the image. This is the type of place that you park your car and walk everywhere. All the Surfers Paradise attractions are within 2-15 minutes walking distance, with plenty of family friendly restaurants and cafes just outside the hotel.
The hotel backs onto the Paradise Centre which contains various shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions. At the bottom of the Paradise Centre is also a supermarket so perfect for any snacks or drinks you may need during your stay.
The gorgeous Surfers Paradise beach which is fully patrolled is also only a few minutes’ walk away. Before you head to the beach, see the hotel staff as they hire out beach balls and boogie boards if you didn’t bring your own.
Family Hotel Rooms
Families can either choose to stay in a family suite or a room with 2 double beds. During our stay we stayed in the family suite which was fantastic. The main room has a large king bed (as you can see in the image above), whilst next door is a smaller room with two single beds for the kids (see image below). Both rooms have their own flat screen TV and the bathroom is tucked away in the middle.
The family suite provided so much space, you certainly don’t feel on top of each other and I love having the kids in their own room for a bit of privacy. Our room also had a stunning balcony with ocean view. I even loved the little sitting area, great for eating meals or if you need to do some work whilst you are away.
All rooms have satellite TV, small fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
Despite being an excellent value for money hotel, the Novotel offers first class facilities. There is a tennis court, swimming pool, spa, gym, laundry, restaurant, lobby bar and rooftop bar. All the ingredients to make it one of the top hotels in Surfers Paradise, certainly one of the perfect kids hotels Surfers Paradise has on offer.
The swimming pool area is stunning with a large lagoon style swimming pool and fantastic views across Surfers Paradise and the beach. Pool towels are provided which is great. There are plenty of sun lounges around the pool all with large shady umbrellas.
Next to the pool area is also where you will find my favourite place – the rooftop bar! The rooftop bar is open between 4-8 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. It’s a great casual area, kind of like you in the back yard of a friend’s place with lovely fairy lights everywhere. There is heaps of room for the kids to run about, lots of tables and chairs even live music so you can get up and have a dance with your kids. There is of course drinks and pub type food you can order.
We only ate at the restaurant for breakfast, which was a standard buffet breakfast you would expect at a hotel like this. Certainly, plenty of delicious food to choose from and we all walked away more than satisfied. Kids eat breakfast for free whilst dining with their parents.
Whilst the hotel itself doesn’t have parking, you can park next door in the Secure car park for a fee.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Novotel and would recommend it for families who want a full-service hotel in the heart of Surfers Paradise. But don’t my word for it, the Novotel is one of the highest rated Surfers Paradise hotels as can be seen on TripAdvisor with 69% of people rating it as excellent of very good.
Honestly usually I would have at least one negative comment about a hotel, but in the case I couldn’t fault a thing. My only gripe was that we didn’t stay longer!
For a hotel of this standard I was completely surprised at the price. The family suites start at $208 for a family of 4 including breakfast, whilst rooms with two double beds including breakfast start at $158. I think that is exceptional value.
Family Friendly Surfers Paradise Restaurants
Of course, the Gold Coast is absolutely teeming with fantastic family friendly restaurants and cafes, however here a few that we have personally been to and recommend.
1. Hurricane’s Grill & Bar
If you’re down at Surfers Paradise and looking for somewhere to get a really good meal, with big servings, great atmosphere and stunning views then you want to get down to Hurricane’s Grill & Bar. ⠀⠀
Hurricane’s Grill & Bar is located right on the Esplanade, on level 1 of the Soul building. Being on level 1 these guys have the best views across Surfers Paradise beach, they even told me that during the day when it’s Whale season you may be even lucky enough to spot a whale or two!⠀
The signature dish here is their ribs – which I have to say are bloody good! We all tried them and loved them! They also have a great kids menu with all meals being $12 and a good dessert menu too (if you have any room left that is). My advice would be that unless you have a massive appetite, share the ribs! That way you’ll have room for dessert too. ⠀
The staff here are super friendly and totally welcoming to the kids too. As soon as we arrive Myla was given an activity sheet and pencils to keep her occupied.
Whilst at first glance the menu might appear a bit pricey, given the generous serving sizes and as I think you could easily share, it works out to be not too bad.
These guys also have a great looking bar too – so get here early before your booking (oh yeah definitely book – this place is super popular!) and have a drink or two. Even if you’re not eating here – this is a great spot for drinks with the gorgeous views across the ocean. ⠀
Hurricane’s Grill & Bar is open 7 days and open from 12 pm to 10.30 pm daily.
2. Pancakes on the Rocks
If you love good value pub type food AND pancakes, then Pancakes on the Rocks is for you.
This is a great casual restaurant with a huge variety of food on the menu such a great menu with salads, pizzas, savory crepes and steaks. This restaurant offers great value for money with all meals being are under $20 with steaks starting from around $30. The kid’s menu is cheap too with meals around $7. They also have a breakfast menu.
Of course the star of this family friendly restaurant is their amazing pancakes! Now I am not a huge pancake fan, but OMG, these pancakes are to die for!!! Absolutely amazing with so many different delicious toppings to choose from – I counted 18 different options. I had nutella – amazing!
Pancakes start from $13.95 for two pancakes, but there is the option of ordering crepes instead of the pancakes as well as ordering just one pancake instead of two. The kids pancakes start from $6.95.
We had both lunch and pancakes here and both were amazing. However Andy and I just shared one pancake and we were still full!
This is a super kid friendly restaurant. Myla was given an activity sheet and pencils as soon as we arrive, plus her lunch came with a smiley face made from tomato sauce and her pancakes were in the shape of a butterfly.
Pancakes on the Rocks is located at the bottom of the Soul building on the Esplande at Surfers Paradise and is open daily from 7 am to 10.30 pm.
3. Liv Eat
We decided to visit Liv Eat to grab some takeaway food for a picnic in the Gold Coast Hinterland, I’d been following them for a while on Instagram and was dying to get their food!
Seriously if you love excellent quality healthy food you will absolutely love Liv Eat – their food is amazing!!! Who knew healthy food could taste this amazing! There is a huge selection of food too from salads, wraps, sandwiches, juices and slices too. I reckon you will have a hard time choosing what to eat.
The restaurant is super trendy and modern and is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise just off the Esplanade. The staff here are super cool too – really friendly and happy to have a chat, which is nice. I so wish this store was near where I lived – I’d eat here everyday!
Getting to / From Airport
You can easily reach Surfers Paradise from either the Gold Coast or Brisbane Airport.
From Brisbane Airport
From the Brisbane Airport the best ways to reach Surfers Paradise is either by car hire, shuttle or public transport.
If you are going to be renting a car whilst you visit Surfers Paradise, I recommend you pick up your car from the Brisbane Airport as a shuttle can be quite expensive for a family. However if you are spending your time just in Surfers Paradise, or with a few additional day tours, it is not necessary to rent a car.
There are numerous different operators that provide transport from the Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast.
Con-X- ion provides return transfers from the Brisbane airport to your Surfers Paradis accommodation from $99 per adult, $50 per child or $248 per family. Click here for more information or to make a booking.
If you are intending to visit some of the theme parks during your visit you can save money on transfers by booking return airport and gold coast theme park transfer ticket.
- 3 theme parks transfers: are from $143 per adult, $72 per child or $358 per family;
- 5 theme parks transfers: are from $169 per adult, $82 per child or $420 per family; or
- 7 theme parks transfers: are from $185 per adult, $92 per child or $462 per family.
The tourist attractions covered are Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
The cheapest option to get from the Brisbane Airport to Surfers Paradise is by train.
The Air Train stops right outside both the International and Domestic Brisbane Airports. The train departs every 15 minutes during peak hour and 30 minutes during off peak. T
Take the Air Train all the way to the Helensvale Station, this journey will take around 90 minutes. From Helensvale Station take the G:Link train to Surfers Paradise, this journey will take around 40 minutes. There are 4 different stations at Surfers Paradise so choose the station that is closest to your accommodation.
If you purchase a Go Card at the Airport station the entire trip will cost $32.22 per adult and $25.37 per child. Without a Go Card it is $38.40 per adult and $28.50 per child. If you decide to purchase a Go Card you will need to purchase one for each person in your group, which will cost $10 per adult and $5 per child, which is refundable when you return.
I’d recommend purchasing a Go Card if you won’t have your own car as you can then use this on the G:Link for discounted tickets.
From Gold Coast Airport
The Gold Coast Airport is about a 30 minute drive from Surfers Paradise. The best way to reach Surfers Paradise is via hire car, shuttle or taxi.
If you are going to be renting a car whilst you visit Surfers Paradise, I recommend you pick up your car from the Gold Coast Airport as a shuttle can be quite expensive for a family. However if you are spending your time just in Surfers Paradise, or with a few additional day tours, it is not necessary to rent a car.
There are numerous different operators that provide transport from the Gold Coast Airport to Surfers Paradise.
Con-X- ion provides return transfers from the Gold Coast airport to your Surfers Paradise accommodation from $41 per adult, $22 per child or $110 per family. Click here for more information or to make a booking.
If you are intending to visit some of the theme parks during your visit you can save money on transfers by booking return airport and gold coast theme park transfer ticket.
- 3 theme parks transfers: are from $79 per adult, $39 per child or $197 per family;
- 5 theme parks transfers: are from $105 per adult, $55 per child or $265 per family; or
- 7 theme parks transfers: are from $129 per adult, $65 per child or $323 per family.
The tourist attractions covered are Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
In my view the best way to get to Surfers Paradise is by taxi. Provided you collect a special fare voucher from the rank supervisor at the airport it will cost you a flat $65. The rank supervisor are easy to spot as they have high visibility vest on at the taxi rank.
Getting Around Surfers Paradise
You could easily spend a week in Surfers Paradise and never leave, but if you do want to visit nearby beaches or attractions, the easiest way to get around is by the G:Link Train.
As mentioned above for discounted tickets on the G:Link you will need a Go Card. If you have travelled from the Brisbane Airport by the Airtrain, you should already have one of these cards.
If you decide to purchase a Go Card you will need to purchase one for each person in your group, which will cost $10 per adult and $5 per child, which is refundable when you return.
When to Visit Surfers Paradise
The short answer is anytime is the perfect time to visit the Surfers Paradise. With an average of 300 sunny days a year, you will generally experience gorgeous weather year round.
If you want to come when it’s nice and warm and perfect for swimming visit during the Spring (September to November) or Summer (December to February). In fact even March and April can be warm enough for swimming. People from colder climates may even find the weather warm enough to swim year round.
Keep in mind the Surfers Paradise can get super busy during both the Queensland and New South Wales school holidays, particularly from the end of December to mid January. During this time expect long queues at attractions and higher prices on accommodation.
For me, my favourite time of year to visit Surfers Paradise is during February where the ocean is at its warmest, the days are warm and there are no school holidays.
Thank you to the Novotel, Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, Infinity, King Tutt’s Putt Putt, Gold Coast Snow Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Time Zone, Pancakes on the Rocks and Liv Eat for hosting our visit. Of course all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in anyway.
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