Gold Coast / Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in Queensland, around 1 hour north from Byron Bay. Nowadays, the Gold Coast is a major destination with its sunny subtropical climate. Gold Coast and more specific Surfers Paradise has become widely known for its surfing beaches and amazing skyline. Moreover, Surfers paradise is part of the nation’s entertainment industry with television productions and a major film industry. But the Gold Coast has more to offer, there is something to do for everybody (theme parks, nightlife, wildlife sanctuary and rainforest hinterland).

What to do?

Visit one of the theme parks

Gold Coast has four of the biggest theme parks in Australia! But, keep in mind that if you are planning on heading to the theme parks you will need to allocate an entire day!

Swim beneath waterfalls in the Gold Coast hinterland

If you have a car, you are lucky! Be sure to check out the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gold Coast hinterland! There are loads of natural waterholes, walking trails, waterfalls and amazing lookouts to explore. Jupiter’s Casino is worth a cheeky visit and a spot of shopping at Pacific Fair never goes astray.

Wildlife sanctuary

With over 1000 native animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the largest collections of Australian wildlife in the world. Established over 60 years ago, the Sanctuary has attracted millions of visitors and continues to promote opportunities to get closer and interact with Australia’s amazing wildlife. Set amongst 28 hectares of lush Eucalyptus and rainforest visitors can see many of Australia’s iconic species on display in their natural habitat. There are many interactive wildlife opportunities throughout the Sanctuary where you can cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo, hold a baby crocodile or snake. Get right up close and personal with Australia’s iconic wildlife with an included Koala cuddle and a photo!


Learn surfing on one of the most amazing beaches in Australia. As stated before Surfers Paradise is known for its surfing beaches. The perfect spot to catch the waves!


Enjoy the stunning view of the Gold Coast, while freefalling from 12.000 feet. Whether the thought excites, inspires or downright terrifies you, everyone feels the same sensation when hovering over the glistening Gold Coast skyline; pure thrill!

Where to stay?

Most backpackers, who are travelling to Surfers Paradise, stay at Bunk Surfers Paradise. This is one of the best hostels in Surfers! This hostel is centred close to the bus transit centre and only a heartbeat away from the beach. Bunk is only a short walk away from all the restaurants, supermarkets, nightclubs and shops in Surfers Paradise. Moreover, at Bunk they organize daily activities and nightly events while accommodating you in comfort at Queensland most iconic beach location.