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Chill Out in Australia

The Gold Coast of Australia is a full of resorts in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.Surfers Paradise may be the place for you if exotic nightlife, plentiful restaurants and cafes, beautiful beaches and whirlwind attractions for both adults and children sound like the perfect holiday. Surfers Paradise is often called the playground of Australia and with good reason: Its beaches are filled with activity, and the shores are lined with theme parks, family friendly attractions, clubs and markets. Visitors to this little slice of paradise have virtually limitless possibilities when it comes to Surfers Paradise accommodation. After all, this is one of Australia’s favorite holiday destinations.

Hotels located along the beachfront range in price from $107 to $164. Resorts and five-star hotels range from $230 to $479 or more. Beds in backpacker’s resorts and youth hostels range from $19.98 to $32.19. Furnished apartments start at $90 per night. Costs can vary widely depending on when you book your rooms and when you plan to visit. Many of the most sought-after hotels in Surfers Paradise are located near the beach or in the city’s centre.

Surfers Paradise is a comparatively young city. Born in 1933, the area was originally named Elston but was rechristened by Jim Cavill, a hotel magnate who had big plans for this stretch of beautiful beach. Before that, it was a large if unsuccessful farm, settled in the 1800s. While the land, nestled against the banks of the Nerang River and alongside broad expanses of white sandy beach, was unsuitable for farming, it proved remarkably successful as a tourist destination. Cavill built the Surfers Paradise Hotel, and markets and other attractions began to spring up around it. Development began in earnest during the 1950s and 60s when the town exploded from a small, pleasant coastal village to the major holiday destination it is today.

Watersports are one of its main draws, thanks to its three-kilometre stretch of flawless beach and laid-back lifestyle. Surfing, strolling, sunning and swimming are favourite pastimes. When the sun goes down, the action heats up in the clubs, bars and restaurants on and off the beach and gives visitors to this city a wealth of possibilities for entertainment. Galleries, which feature local and Aboriginal artists, are an enticing distraction from all the busyness of the night.

When the intoxicating blend of surf, sand and nightlife become too much, check out one of the hundreds of attractions, including racing simulators, ghost tours, extreme jet boats, karaoke, putt putt golf, bowling, bungy jumping and haunted and fun houses. If you are in the market for quieter activities, try the Surfers Paradise beachfront markets, which line the foreshore in the evening and feature homemade jewellery, bath and beauty products, art, fashion and more as live entertainers keep the mood lively and the shoppers engaged.

PHOTO: The endless sand and blue of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.


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