Surfers Paradise is an area of fun and playfulness, a popular place for those who come to the Goldie on holidays and also for the locals. A hub of fun by day, and nightclub paradise reigns in the evening - trees light up, and so does popular Cavill Avenue in particular. Want dinner at 10:30pm on a weeknight, and to walk on the sand afterwards? No problem, you can do this here.
The most obvious freebie on Surfers Paradise - just watch out for the bluebottles in January.
Otherwise Surfers Paradise Beach is fantastic, great to soak your feet in the water in the winter months, provided you roll up your jeans first. The beach also boasts better lifeguard facilities, and there is a spacious walking, skateboarding, bike riding and rollerblading track nearby. Fantastic trees also decorate this beauty. Great to kick a few soccer balls, or just walk along the sand. Also the best place to enjoy some take away lunch. The seagulls aren't vile here. This beach is also home to the Surfers Paradise Markets every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. It is good to browse for free.
In Cavill Mall you will find some mini circular silver tables, combined with two brown stools with a chess board permanently plated into each silver service. It takes two to tango to enjoy playing some free chess outdoors, with a few distractions yet not many. The catch: bring your own chess set pieces from home. There are no chess pieces available to borrow or hire. If you don't have your own, you can always borrow a set from your mate. Travellers, you might be lucky as your hotel could arrange some chess pieces for you, although that might come at a fee. Otherwise pack your own. There are no limits to how long you can play, or to how many games of chess you wish to play here. Popular on a sunny afternoon.
Thank you for those boys and girls wearing pink, and kudos to them for helping us all get around Surfers Paradise. A special kudos to them as they are volunteers with a friendly attitude, and many of them are clearly passionate about living on the Gold Coast. This is perfect timing, especially 12 months into construction of the tram/light rail that will take about another 18 months to complete. The roads are a bit chaotic as a result, and Wayfinders are angels to all. Furthermore, you might be given a free pass for free entry to all the Surfers Paradise night clubs, all thanks to the Surfers Paradise alliance, and the Surfers Paradise Licensed Venues Association. Of course you must be aged 18 or over, and free entry is valid (where a cover charge would normally be charged) before 11pm excluding special events.
Occasionally the bean bags come out in the summer months, to sit down and enjoy. Enjoy free Foxtel on the big plasma screen that covers the open space to access nearby Ferny Avenue. Although you're unable to control the channel selection, no one can argue with free Foxtel.
5. Appel Park
Simple yet popular park overlooking the Nerang River
Find yourself at Ferny Avenue right across from the Circle on Cavill, right near Helm Bar and the Vibe Hotel, and you will find yourself at Appel Park with views of the Nerang River. A great place to walk and chill out. The simplest things in life are often the best and do come for free.
A handful of great ideas to enjoy some free time (price and time wise) in beautiful Surfers Paradise.