About Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is the major centre on the Gold Coast, a surf-meets-city destination that hosts national and international cultural and music events, as well as some of the best night spots in the country, and some of the best accommodation in South East Queensland. Each year, millions of visitors head to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach for a swim and a surf, before a short stroll to a diverse array of restaurants, retail outlets, bars, pubs and clubs.

Locals and visitors are kept busy with a year round calendar of events, highlighted by free family entertainment, the month-long Surfers Paradise Festival, the Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars race, and a stunning New Year's Eve fireworks display. 

Surfers Paradise Festival

The Surfers Paradise Festival is held each year in March and April. Staged over four weekends, major events focus on music, art, food and entertainment, whilst minor events bring the city to life with comedy acts, fashion shows, cooking lessons, and more. With one weekend of entertainment, one of live beach concerts, one of arts and culture, and one of food and wine, there is a vast array of things to see and do. In 2013, the Surfers Paradise Festival will be held from 27 March to 21 April. For more information, visit www.surfersparadisefestival.com

History of Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise began as a small coastal getaway for merchants using the Nerang River to transport goods from North Queensland. Originally named Elston, the town was renamed in 1933 after founding father Jim Cavill pushed for a change that would better market the destination to holiday makers. Today, the name Surfers Paradise brings to mind sun, surf, and sand, alongside the fashion, dining and accommodation options that make this surf-city such a popular tourists destination.


Surfers Paradise is known for its hot and sometimes wet climate. With summer temperatures hitting the mid to high thirties, and a yearly average of 25, Surfers Paradise is a warm escape from the colder climates found in southern Australia.

On very hot summer afternoons, passing showers and amazing thunderstorms often light up the sky. Generally, these last a brief half hour period, helping to cool down the streets on a warm summer night.