The Local’s Guidebook

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The Local’s Guidebook

Eats & Drinks

The Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co is a classic burger shack, serving the freshest, juiciest and most mouth-watering burgers around.
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Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co
3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd
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The Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co is a classic burger shack, serving the freshest, juiciest and most mouth-watering burgers around.
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and freshly prepared American cuisine like their Legendary Burger, savory sides, delicious salads and cocktails.
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Hard Rock Cafe
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Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and freshly prepared American cuisine like their Legendary Burger, savory sides, delicious salads and cocktails.
One of Australia’s favourites. Burgers, pasta and a signature prime rib in an informal steakhouse chain with a saloon bar. The perfect location with great views, for solo travellers, couples, families and large groups.
Hog's Breath Cafe Surfers Paradise
9 Cavill Ave
One of Australia’s favourites. Burgers, pasta and a signature prime rib in an informal steakhouse chain with a saloon bar. The perfect location with great views, for solo travellers, couples, families and large groups.
Lively gastropub serving American fare such as finger foods & burgers, plus unique cocktails & craft beer you need to try.
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House of Brews
17 Orchid Ave
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Lively gastropub serving American fare such as finger foods & burgers, plus unique cocktails & craft beer you need to try.
Voted one of Australia's best burger joints and craft beer bars. Positioned under the iconic Q1 building and just a stones throw from the famous Surfers Paradise beach.
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Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar
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Voted one of Australia's best burger joints and craft beer bars. Positioned under the iconic Q1 building and just a stones throw from the famous Surfers Paradise beach.
One of the very best dessert destinations, Max Brenner Chocolate Bar encourages you to experience chocolate with all of your senses. Whether you are visiting Max Brenner’s for a special occasion or just treating yourself to a nice dessert, there are some things you must try on the Max Brenner’s menu. The place is absolute heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Enjoy a variety of options including their classic European chocolate fondue for two, chocolate pizza, deluxe sundaes, hot chocolate, milkshakes and more. A real treat for everyone.
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd
One of the very best dessert destinations, Max Brenner Chocolate Bar encourages you to experience chocolate with all of your senses. Whether you are visiting Max Brenner’s for a special occasion or just treating yourself to a nice dessert, there are some things you must try on the Max Brenner’s menu. The place is absolute heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Enjoy a variety of options including their classic European chocolate fondue for two, chocolate pizza, deluxe sundaes, hot chocolate, milkshakes and more. A real treat for everyone.
Located at the brand new Star Casio. Enjoy The Star ’s stunning new menu, or cocktails with a view in the uber-chic lounge bar, high above the glittering Gold Coast. Combining sublime sophistication with a cool coastal flair and the freshest seasonal produce – the food, view, extensive wine list and welcoming service will have you returning again and again.
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Nineteen at The Star
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Located at the brand new Star Casio. Enjoy The Star ’s stunning new menu, or cocktails with a view in the uber-chic lounge bar, high above the glittering Gold Coast. Combining sublime sophistication with a cool coastal flair and the freshest seasonal produce – the food, view, extensive wine list and welcoming service will have you returning again and again.
Offering affordable family dining, big breakfasts and of course their famous pancakes. As well as sweet & savoury pancakes & crepes, steak, ribs, chicken, fish & salads.
Pancakes in Paradise
3046 Surfers Paradise Blvd
Offering affordable family dining, big breakfasts and of course their famous pancakes. As well as sweet & savoury pancakes & crepes, steak, ribs, chicken, fish & salads.
A must try! Paradox Coffee Roasters Cafe brings you delicious handcrafted food and mouth watering coffee. Hearty and unpretentious, their menu offers a range of meals to suit any appetite no matter how big or small.
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Paradox Coffee Roasters
10 Beach Rd
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A must try! Paradox Coffee Roasters Cafe brings you delicious handcrafted food and mouth watering coffee. Hearty and unpretentious, their menu offers a range of meals to suit any appetite no matter how big or small.
Dessert Cravings? Churros, Desserts & Cakes, Premium Shakes, THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE, Fairtrade Coffee, Dessert Share Plates, Ice Cream & Sundaes, look no further. Better yet it’s under a 1 minute walk away from Mantra Circle on Cavill.
San Churro
3184 Surfers Paradise Blvd
Dessert Cravings? Churros, Desserts & Cakes, Premium Shakes, THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE, Fairtrade Coffee, Dessert Share Plates, Ice Cream & Sundaes, look no further. Better yet it’s under a 1 minute walk away from Mantra Circle on Cavill.
Enduring venue with beach views, serving up traditional pub eats, some of the best cocktails, wine & beer in a relaxed setting.
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SANDBAR
52 The Esplanade
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Enduring venue with beach views, serving up traditional pub eats, some of the best cocktails, wine & beer in a relaxed setting.
If you’re looking for a venue with delectable food, one-of-a-kind drinks and live entertainment, this is the place. Offering a wide range of local and imported beverages, Steampunk offers a vibrant atmosphere for a mid-week pick-me-up or a weekend finale.
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Steampunk Surfers Paradise
3113 Surfers Paradise Blvd
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If you’re looking for a venue with delectable food, one-of-a-kind drinks and live entertainment, this is the place. Offering a wide range of local and imported beverages, Steampunk offers a vibrant atmosphere for a mid-week pick-me-up or a weekend finale.
Surfers Pavilion has fast become a neighbourhood favourite, with it’s light and bright space, relaxing views over the river menu and feasts and drinks. There are all the classics like fish and chips, seafood platters, juicy burgers and a menu for the little ones. The ideal waterfront venue is perfect for family dining or getting a group of friends together to kick back and enjoy some mojitos in the sun. Get in early to find a spot, with walk-ins only.
Surfers Pavilion
34 Ferny Avenue
Surfers Pavilion has fast become a neighbourhood favourite, with it’s light and bright space, relaxing views over the river menu and feasts and drinks. There are all the classics like fish and chips, seafood platters, juicy burgers and a menu for the little ones. The ideal waterfront venue is perfect for family dining or getting a group of friends together to kick back and enjoy some mojitos in the sun. Get in early to find a spot, with walk-ins only.
The Island Rooftop is the Gold Coast’s largest open air rooftop bar and boasts the best cocktails, eats, entertainment and good-times. With views overlooking the CBD and the famous Main Beach coastline, The Island Rooftop has unrivalled atmosphere, offering a truly unique Gold Coast experience.
The Island Glasshouse
3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard
The Island Rooftop is the Gold Coast’s largest open air rooftop bar and boasts the best cocktails, eats, entertainment and good-times. With views overlooking the CBD and the famous Main Beach coastline, The Island Rooftop has unrivalled atmosphere, offering a truly unique Gold Coast experience.
Euro-chic chain for fresh pastas, pizzas, delicious cocktails & more. Set in modern surroundings with an open kitchen and views on central surfers paradise.
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Vapiano Soul
8 Cavill Ave
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Euro-chic chain for fresh pastas, pizzas, delicious cocktails & more. Set in modern surroundings with an open kitchen and views on central surfers paradise.
Energetic, chic operation offering pub grub & cocktails, plus outdoor seating & live music. Located right at the feet of Mantra Circle on Cavill.
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White Rhino Bar & Eats
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Energetic, chic operation offering pub grub & cocktails, plus outdoor seating & live music. Located right at the feet of Mantra Circle on Cavill.
Japanese BBQ restaurant and sushi bar with live cooking displays, in an elegant modern hotel.
Yamagen Japanese Restaurant
7 Staghorn Ave
Japanese BBQ restaurant and sushi bar with live cooking displays, in an elegant modern hotel.

Things To Do

Mini golf with a bar, plus karaoke. What more could you ask for? Right on Cavill Avenue, Holey Moley Surfers Paradise has teed up 18 unique and crazy holes for you to putt your stuff around. Whether you’re strutting your putt or smashing out some tunes in our private karaoke room, you’ll be able to do it while sipping the night away courtesy of their fully-equipped cocktail bar.
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Holey Moley Golf Club Surfers Paradise
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Mini golf with a bar, plus karaoke. What more could you ask for? Right on Cavill Avenue, Holey Moley Surfers Paradise has teed up 18 unique and crazy holes for you to putt your stuff around. Whether you’re strutting your putt or smashing out some tunes in our private karaoke room, you’ll be able to do it while sipping the night away courtesy of their fully-equipped cocktail bar.
INFINITY is a unique and mind-blowing journey into spectacular, interactive, futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder – an extraordinary series of 20 multi-sensual play environments filled with unique special effects, emotive atmospheric sound fields, sensuous aromas, ultra-groovy music and amazing illusions that appear to go all the way to infinity! It’s a walk-through experience that you enjoy at your own pace while you discover clues to find your way from one intriguing environment to the next - a fun experience suitable for all ages over 8.
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Infinity Attraction
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INFINITY is a unique and mind-blowing journey into spectacular, interactive, futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder – an extraordinary series of 20 multi-sensual play environments filled with unique special effects, emotive atmospheric sound fields, sensuous aromas, ultra-groovy music and amazing illusions that appear to go all the way to infinity! It’s a walk-through experience that you enjoy at your own pace while you discover clues to find your way from one intriguing environment to the next - a fun experience suitable for all ages over 8.
Up for an escape room experience? You are left in a room with your team and it’s up to your teams brains to crack the code and get you out. Find clues, solve puzzles and escape the madness in 60-minutes.
Padlockd Escape Rooms
3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard
Up for an escape room experience? You are left in a room with your team and it’s up to your teams brains to crack the code and get you out. Find clues, solve puzzles and escape the madness in 60-minutes.
Sea World is famous for quality family fun and entertainment, its more than just a theme park also offering unique animal adventures. It’s the perfect day activity for families looking to spend some quality time enjoying the Gold Coast together. There is a variety of things to do including rides, animal displays and shows. Get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins, polar bears, sharks, stingrays and more! The park also promoted conservation and helps rescue and rehabilitate sick and orphaned local wildlife.
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Sea World
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Sea World is famous for quality family fun and entertainment, its more than just a theme park also offering unique animal adventures. It’s the perfect day activity for families looking to spend some quality time enjoying the Gold Coast together. There is a variety of things to do including rides, animal displays and shows. Get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins, polar bears, sharks, stingrays and more! The park also promoted conservation and helps rescue and rehabilitate sick and orphaned local wildlife.
10 bowling lanes, a 15 person karaoke room and 2 escape rooms. Then, add our killer cocktail bar and delicious food offerings courtesy of new pop-up Rando Sandos, plus giant AV projectors, pool tables and a weekend nightclub atmosphere, it’s easy to see why Strike Surfers Paradise is a firm favourite with the locals.
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Strike Bowling Surfers Paradise
9 Ferny Ave
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10 bowling lanes, a 15 person karaoke room and 2 escape rooms. Then, add our killer cocktail bar and delicious food offerings courtesy of new pop-up Rando Sandos, plus giant AV projectors, pool tables and a weekend nightclub atmosphere, it’s easy to see why Strike Surfers Paradise is a firm favourite with the locals.
Large indoor family theme park with numerous interactive games, activities & attractions, including Ten Pin Bowling, Laser Skirmish, arcade games and more! Presented with an up-market fit-out, a bright, colourful and cozy ambience is created for family entertainment. Win fabulous prizes from the extensive range of unique and branded quality products from its prize counters. Equipped with the latest and classic games, Timezone offers its customers a truly fun-filled experience.
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Timezone Surfers Paradise
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Large indoor family theme park with numerous interactive games, activities & attractions, including Ten Pin Bowling, Laser Skirmish, arcade games and more! Presented with an up-market fit-out, a bright, colourful and cozy ambience is created for family entertainment. Win fabulous prizes from the extensive range of unique and branded quality products from its prize counters. Equipped with the latest and classic games, Timezone offers its customers a truly fun-filled experience.

Neighbourhoods

Picture-perfect Broadbeach, located 10 minutes south of Surfers Paradise, is centered around Kurrawa Beach, and balances a relaxed atmosphere with sophisticated accommodation, stylish shopping precincts and a thriving dining and events scene. Framed by pristine white sand, lifeguard-patrolled beaches, and adjacent all-ability playground and park, it’s easy to see why Broadbeach foreshore is a favourite hotspot for families. Don’t miss beachfront arts and craft local markets, yoga classes, surf lessons, and an array of water sports to be enjoyed by all ages. Shop till you drop at the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping & dining destination Pacific Fair, with over 400 stores including the best collection of Australian fashion, luxury and global mega retailers.
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Broadbeach
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Picture-perfect Broadbeach, located 10 minutes south of Surfers Paradise, is centered around Kurrawa Beach, and balances a relaxed atmosphere with sophisticated accommodation, stylish shopping precincts and a thriving dining and events scene. Framed by pristine white sand, lifeguard-patrolled beaches, and adjacent all-ability playground and park, it’s easy to see why Broadbeach foreshore is a favourite hotspot for families. Don’t miss beachfront arts and craft local markets, yoga classes, surf lessons, and an array of water sports to be enjoyed by all ages. Shop till you drop at the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping & dining destination Pacific Fair, with over 400 stores including the best collection of Australian fashion, luxury and global mega retailers.
Get better acquainted with a Gold Coast favourite with a trip to bustling Burleigh Heads. A sleepy surf town no more, this thriving community is a favourite for locals and visitors alike, courtesy of its abundance of offerings both in and out of the water and a unique vibe all its own. The Burleigh foreshore is home to towering fragrant pine trees characteristic of the coast and in this parkland there are plenty of places in which to picnic or barbecue. This is also an ideal spot for regular art and craft markets. Absolute oceanfront dining exists and there’s a burgeoning funky café culture in these parts. New designers are also starting to pepper the shopping areas and an amble along here won’t disappoint. Head inland to West Burleigh in which a large industrial park contains some great shopping and a delicious dining scene. Perhaps this coastal point’s comma should be an exclamation mark instead.
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Burleigh Heads
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Get better acquainted with a Gold Coast favourite with a trip to bustling Burleigh Heads. A sleepy surf town no more, this thriving community is a favourite for locals and visitors alike, courtesy of its abundance of offerings both in and out of the water and a unique vibe all its own. The Burleigh foreshore is home to towering fragrant pine trees characteristic of the coast and in this parkland there are plenty of places in which to picnic or barbecue. This is also an ideal spot for regular art and craft markets. Absolute oceanfront dining exists and there’s a burgeoning funky café culture in these parts. New designers are also starting to pepper the shopping areas and an amble along here won’t disappoint. Head inland to West Burleigh in which a large industrial park contains some great shopping and a delicious dining scene. Perhaps this coastal point’s comma should be an exclamation mark instead.
Nestled between the sparkling blue waters of the Southport Broadwater and the magnificent Pacific Ocean, Main Beach is only minutes north of the heart of Surfers Paradise. The water is this destination's best asset with the white sandy beaches of Main Beach to the east and the calm waters of the Broadwater to the west. This tiny pocket of land can see you surfing one minute and launching a yacht the next. Main Beach is a family friendly beach which is patrolled all year round by lifeguards. If you ever tire of these beautiful waters, Hollindale Park is set back from the beach and has a great playground, picnic area and masses of grass making it perfect for a game of touch footy. Stop by after a day out at Sea World
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Main Beach
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Nestled between the sparkling blue waters of the Southport Broadwater and the magnificent Pacific Ocean, Main Beach is only minutes north of the heart of Surfers Paradise. The water is this destination's best asset with the white sandy beaches of Main Beach to the east and the calm waters of the Broadwater to the west. This tiny pocket of land can see you surfing one minute and launching a yacht the next. Main Beach is a family friendly beach which is patrolled all year round by lifeguards. If you ever tire of these beautiful waters, Hollindale Park is set back from the beach and has a great playground, picnic area and masses of grass making it perfect for a game of touch footy. Stop by after a day out at Sea World
Southport Broadwater Parklands is a world-class community and cultural parkland, loved by Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. Broadwater Parklands is located across from Australia Fair shopping centre, overlooking the Gold Coast Broadwater. It features an extensive playground, cafes, picnic areas and places to walk and swim, making it the perfect place for the kids to enjoy all year round.
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Southport
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Southport Broadwater Parklands is a world-class community and cultural parkland, loved by Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. Broadwater Parklands is located across from Australia Fair shopping centre, overlooking the Gold Coast Broadwater. It features an extensive playground, cafes, picnic areas and places to walk and swim, making it the perfect place for the kids to enjoy all year round.