Suburb Profile: Surfers Paradise

Location and boundaries

Surfers Paradise is bounded by Commodore Drive and the Gold Coast Highway in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, First Avenue, Monte Carlo Avenue and the Nerang River in the south, and Bundall Road and the Nerang River in the west.

Name origin

Surfers Paradise was named to promote the beach and surfing attractions of the area. It was originally known as Elston.



Land area

582 hectares (6 Km2)

Population density

33.80 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for timber-getting, farming and sugar cane growing. Population was minimal until the 1880s and 1890s, following land subdivision. Growth took place during the 1920s, spurred by improved access and a tourism boom. Significant development occurred from the 1950s, with several canal-based residential developments and many high-rise developments built during the 1960s and 1970s. The population declined during the early 1990s as the dwelling stock stabilised. The population increased between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area. The population was relatively stable between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Surfers Paradise is a residential, tourist and commercial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Surfers Paradise Beach, Northcliffe Beach, numerous shopping centres (including Capri Commercial Centre, Centro Surfers Paradise Shopping Centre, Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Circle on Cavill, Piazza on the Boulevard and The Mark Shopping Centre), The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society Museum, Council offices, Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Appel Park, Chevron Island Park, Eileen Peters Park, Evandale Park, John Fraser Memorial Park, Macintosh Island Park, Les Rogers Memorial Park, Lex Bell Oval, Neddy Harper & William Duncan Park, King Tuts Putt Putt, Sling Shot Bungee and one school.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14