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Surfers Paradise / Gold Coast - Cities, Towns and Localities

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Located just 83 km from Brisbane, on the fabulous Sunshine Coast and the famed Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise includes Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, The Spit, Broadbeach, Bundall, Carrara, Coomera, Oxenford, and Sanctuary Cove. ‘Surfers’, as it is affectionately called, is a town on a beach that symbolises more than just a tourist destination, but a lifestyle enjoyed by many.

The Gombemberri and the Bundjalung Aboriginal people were here long before colonial occupation. Captain Cook traversed the coastline in 1770 having named Point Dangber and Mount Warning. John Oxley in 1799 and 1802, with the Broadwater noted in 1822 by John Bringle. Then by the 1840s white settlement had commenced with logging of timber, soon to be followed by agriculture in the 1860s. The district was surveyed in 1869 and Southport was established in 1874. In the mid 1870s Cobb & Co coach services were running regularly to and from Brisbane. Then the railway arrived in 1889, although it wasn't until 1923 before the coastal road was completed.

Development continued, with the origins of the town considered to be about 1923 when James Cavill paid 40 for the block of land where he built his famous Surfers Paradise Hotel in an area known as Elston, previously known as Meyers Ferry. The hotel became very popular with its small zoo and gardens. Access to the hotel was improved when a bridge was built across the Nerang River a couple of years later, then in 1933 the locals petitioned to have the name of the area changed to Surfers Paradise.

Today, it is a far cry from those early years, with Surfers now a suburb of the larger city of the Gold Coast, defined by high rise development and being very popular destination to the younger crowd.

Check out our listing of Surfers Paradise accommodation and Gold Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Surfers Paradise Information and Booking Centre
2 Cavill Ave (Cavill Mall)
Toll: 1300 309 400
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Gold Coast Tourism
64 Ferny Avenue
Ph: 07 5592 2699

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Surfers Paradise Attractions

Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club Inc
• Beachside, Paradise Centre, The Esplanade, SURFERS PARADISE QLD 4217
• Ph: +61 7 5531 5966 • Fax: +61 7 5531 9466 • Email
• The claim is the world’s best surf club on the world’s best beach...
• For some popular attractions check out Viator’s Noosa & Sunshine Coast tours - popular destinations include Australia Zoo (home of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter) and Noosa.

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Surfers Paradise Tours/Charters

QLD Tours • Outback • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
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Paradise Dreaming • Kalwun Development
• LABRADOR QLD 4215 • Contact: online form • Ph: +61 7 5528 9744 • Email
• Explore the mysteries and experience the thrill of ancient Aboriginal culture linking the forces of the past with the spirit of the future.
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