The Surfers Paradise YHA is a great place to base yourself as you explore the Gold Coast. There are many attractions nearby and a tours desk at reception to fill your calendar, but if you prefer to have a quiet night in or socialise, the hostel hosts nightly activities like movie nights, pub crawls and guest BBQs.
The hostel is one of the smaller YHAs around Australia with around 100 beds. Rooms vary from private en suite rooms to multi-share dorm rooms with bunk beds. The common area includes a balcony looking east towards Main Beach, an indoor eating area and lounge with a television. The kitchen is clean and spacious, with plenty of natural light.
Tours can be booked downstairs at the reception desk, such as sailing, surfing, skydiving and kayaking. There’s a free courtesy bus that shuttles to and from Surfers Paradise, and there’s also free parking and free Wi-Fi available.
- Fishermans Wharf Tavern – a great pub overlooking the Gold Coast Broadwater.
- Main Beach – 300 metres east is Main Beach, practically on the doorstep of the YHA.
- Sea World – 2km north of the hostel is Sea World, a marine animal park with various rides and water activities.
- Australia Fair Shopping Centre – on the other side of the Broadwater marina is a major shopping centre with plenty of shopping opportunities and supermarkets.
- Surfers Paradise CBD – 4km south is the centre of Surfers Paradise, a commercial hub of the Gold Coast and a great place to go shopping, laze on the beach or have a few drinks at the pub.
- Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet‘n’Wild Water World – Movie World is obviously a movie themed park with various rides and shows, while Wet’n’Wild has some of the biggest water slides in Australia. These theme parks are less than 20km from the hostel.
The Surfers Paradise is currently (June 2015) located at 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, but it may be relocated closer to Surfers Paradise soon.