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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Lookout
“Panoramic view from Australia's highest point. If you're feeling adventurous.. why not tackle the Skypoint Climb (personally recommended)”
  • 89 locals recommend
Lodging
“From the 77th Floor the view of the Gold Coast is very special. Iconic photo opportunities. You can get there by bus and train (very comfortable). Get the bus from VILY to Southbank. Then get the train to Nerang (Gold Coast Line). Then the 740 Bus to Surfers paradise. Walk the 2K to Q1. Pay the fee and travel in the lift to the 77th floor. Spectactular views await you there.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Nature
“You can go to the top floor of the Q1 on the Gold Coast, SkyPoint is a major attraction that offers 360 views of the Surfer's Paradise and surrounding areas.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great Italian family restaurant in Surfers Paradise. Bookings essential on weekends. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Resort
“An observation deck 230 meters off the group at the top of the Q1! With 360 degree views of the Gold Coast, this place offers great sightseeing as well as a restaurant for dining in. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Lodging
“The SkyPoint Observation Deck is located on Level 77 of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise. SkyPoint is Australia's only beach side observation deck where you can sit back, relax and grab a bite to eat from the licensed Seventy7 Cafe & Bar and enjoy the unsurpassed 360 degree views of the Gold Coast beaches to the hinterland and beyond. SkyPoint located on top of the iconic Q1 Building, one of the world's tallest residential towers, takes you to the highest point above the Gold Coast and offers spectacular 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland. It lost its title as the world's tallest residential tower to the 337-metre building The Marina Torch in Dubai on 29 April 2011.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to eat
“They have a lookout on the top floor. It's a bit expensive but worth it for the views.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of the better options in Surfers Paradise when it comes to hotel restaurants, Voco’s Clifford’s Grill & Lounge has a sleek inner-city vibe and a grill house menu with an American twist. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Cheap and cheerful, with poolside seating next door to the towering Q1 Hotel, Longboards has served many a satisfied burger-loving customer with finger-licking appetizers and cheeky burgers like The Budgie Smuggler and The G-Banger. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
“This is the newest Restaurant bar and social scene in Surfers. It is GREAT, we have been there at least seven times in two months and never been disappointed. Highly recommended. Best part: out front!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Convenience Store
“Pretty much has anything you would need in case the grocery store was closed. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Hanazono Teppanyaki is recognised as the premier Gold Coast teppanyaki bar and grill. They specialise in Japanese cuisine cooked fresh at your table Teppanyaki style.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is one of the new Restaurant bars and social scene in Surfers. It is GREAT, we have been there at least seven times in two months and never been disappointed. Highly recommended. Best part: one tram stop south of BT.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Great Italian family restaurant in Surfers Paradise. Bookings essential on weekends. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Resort
“An observation deck 230 meters off the group at the top of the Q1! With 360 degree views of the Gold Coast, this place offers great sightseeing as well as a restaurant for dining in. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the better options in Surfers Paradise when it comes to hotel restaurants, Voco’s Clifford’s Grill & Lounge has a sleek inner-city vibe and a grill house menu with an American twist. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Cheap and cheerful, with poolside seating next door to the towering Q1 Hotel, Longboards has served many a satisfied burger-loving customer with finger-licking appetizers and cheeky burgers like The Budgie Smuggler and The G-Banger. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Hanazono Teppanyaki is recognised as the premier Gold Coast teppanyaki bar and grill. They specialise in Japanese cuisine cooked fresh at your table Teppanyaki style.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is one of the new Restaurant bars and social scene in Surfers. It is GREAT, we have been there at least seven times in two months and never been disappointed. Highly recommended. Best part: one tram stop south of BT.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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