Beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife and a cutting-edge dining scene all make Surfers Paradise a much-loved haunt with locals and visitors alike. But let’s not forget those breathtaking, world-famous views, too!
Bird’s Eye View
Without a doubt, the best ‘bird’s eye view’ vantage point to take in the spectacular 360-degree views of the Gold Coast’s beaches, hinterland and beyond, has got to be the SkyPoint Observation Deck at Q1. Located on Level 77 of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise, SkyPoint is Australia’s only beachside observation deck where you can sit back, relax and grab a bite to eat from the licensed Seventy7 Cafe & Bar and quite literally, drink in the view.
The breezy vibe of Cocoon Ultra Lounge Bar is riverfront dining at its best. Enjoy the stunning vista of the Nerang River on Cocoon’s chilled white seating which effortlessly spills from the interior onto the deck. Rather than offering entrée and mains, Cocoon serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends – perfect for a summer soiree!
Helm Bar & Bistro also overlooks the picturesque Nerang River. The funky bar offers sweeping sunset views of the Gold Coast, making it a hotspot for an after-work drink, casual meal or live entertainment. Previously the Titanium Bar; Helm Bar & Bistro is no longer a burly sports bar – the newly renovated riverfront enclave has revitalised itself with a refined lunch and dinner menu including mouthwatering dishes like oysters, herb-crusted ocean trout, and a signature Peking Duck pizza.
Another prime location taking in the gorgeous view of the Nerang River is Howl at the Moon. Whether you choose to enjoy a glass of wine by the river, watch your favourite sport on the big screens or dance the night away, the new Howl at the Moon Surfers Paradise venue on the riverfront entertainment precinct is sure to impress.
Famous for their flame-grilled steaks and ribs, Hurricane’s Grill & Bar, located right on the Surfers Paradise esplanade is a glorious dining experience offset with equally remarkable ocean views. Watch the waves roll in as you dig into your Portuguese-inspired meal. Hurricane’s Founder, Tony Teixeira, has made it his mission over the past two decades to ensure a unique grill-style experience. “Our goal is to provide the same high levels of service our customers have come to expect, always striving to serve the tastiest dishes, using the best quality produce and ingredients available,” Tony says.
For those looking for a quintessentially ‘Surfers’ experience, the new Rooftop bar at Seascape at Soul Boardwalk, is a must-visit. The latest installment of the Rooftop completes the multi-level Seascape Restaurant + Bar with an oasis where guests can enjoy unrivalled views of the Surfers shoreline and beyond. Whether you’re fresh off the beach and ready for a snack, or out with friends looking for drinks at sunset, The Rooftop has you covered.
As its name suggests Surfers Sandbar is directly opposite the beach and is restaurant and café that’s all about location, boasting uninterrupted water views. Known for its amazing Sunday Session, with chilled music, amazing seafood specials, and particularly memorable Margaritas, Sandbar is the perfect venue for a casual afternoon in the sun.