Considering the multitude of high-rise apartments towering over the beach many believe Surfers Paradise is not the quite the nirvana it claims to be.
The truth is though the area boasts a stunning 3km sandy coastline, as well as equally gorgeous neighbouring beaches - Broadbeach to the South and Main Beach up North.
The area was originally known as Elston in 1889 but by 1933 it was given the more appropriate title Surfers Paradise. Today Surfers is a popular tourist destination with a bustling business and shopping district centred around Cavill Mall. Simply venture Northside or Southside, stroll down the Esplanade, explore Central Surfers or head to West Quay.
Surfers regularly makes the news during Schoolies Week when 50,000 school leavers merge on the city and discover drinking for the first time. It’s no wonder the city is swarmed as it does boast an impressive nightlife. There’s plenty of swish bars where you can enjoy a cocktail, nightclubs to cater for your dancing needs, bars for those just after beer and even some strictly adults only entertainment.
Fortunately for those who prefer a good night in there’s plenty to do during the day. Apart from the obvious beach activities you can take a stroll or ride along the Esplanade followed by a drink in one of the walkway’s bars. If you’re looking for retail therapy Surfers has over 500 stores - fashion, shoes, surf - where you can dispose of any unwanted cash. For full relaxation try any of the suburb’s day spas or masseuses. End the day with a meal. Most cuisines and price ranges are catered for.
If you like fast cars then head straight to the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit where any remaining sense of serenity in the area is blown clear away. Replacing the International Raceway which was destroyed in 2003 the Circuit is a challenging 4.47 kilometre track. Over the years IndyCar, Grand Prix and V8 Supercar events have raced around the city streets.
Fast cars, bars and beach. It’s no wonder the mythical city the post apocalyptic refugees were seeking in Mad Max 2 was Surfers Paradise.