Surfers Paradise YHA, Main Beach

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Things to do in Surfers Paradise YHA, Main Beach

There is something for every backpacker at Surfers Paradise YHA hostel; white sandy beaches, 24 hour shopping, theme parks (Seaworld down the road) and national parks, adrenalin kicks on the ground, in the air and underwater, city sights and rainforest hinterland. Surfers Paradise is all about action, excitement and adventure! The tour desk at Surfers Paradise YHA hostel can help organise all your tours and activities.

Surfers Paradise is a backpackers party paradise and what better way to enjoy it than with Surfers Paradise YHA? Enjoy the restaurants overlooking the marina or venture into town and party 'til the sun comes up at the pubs, clubs and live music venues of Surfers Paradise.

At the hostel

Bbq night

Traditional Aussie BBQ-Sausages, bread, salad, chips and a drink. Starts at 7pm on the front balcony. Sign up at reception before 5pm.


Movie night

Choice of several movies plus FREE Popcorn. Starts at 8:30pm in the lounge.

TV Room

Wicked pub crawl

Entry to 4 venues.VIP Promotion, sausage sizzle and 1 drink served in each venue. Starts at 6:30pm in Surfers Paradise. Sign up at Reception.

Wednesday & Saturday
Various bars

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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Fraser Island Whitsundays package

Experience the best of the East Coast with this great value Fraser Island and Whitsundays 6 day adventure package. Includes 1 FREE night at Airlie Beach YHA

Travel from Brisbane up the stunning East Coast to explore the magic of Fraser Island and the breathtaking crystal clear blue waters and white sand of the Whitsundays. Get ready, you are about to make some memories!

Day 1: Make your way to Hervey Bay, the Gateway to stunning Fraser Island. Hervey Bay YHA offers a free shuttle from the Greyhound and Premier bus stop to the hostel. Stay at Hervey Bay YHA

Day 2 and 3: Your 2 day/ 1 night all inclusive tour to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, begins! You will be picked up from your accommodation between 7.00 and 8.00am before boarding the ferry for the 50 minute cruise across the Great Sandy Strait. Look out for playful dolphins, turtles or the elusive dugong. Make sure you have everything you need for the day as your 4WD tour starts as soon as you arrive on the island. 

From here, you will spend two action packed days discovering shipwrecks, ancient rainforests, freshwater lakes and pristine white sandy beaches. This unforgettable trip takes in some of Fraser Island's most famous locations, including Lake McKenzie, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head, and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped back to Hervey Bay YHA around 9.30pm.

Day 4:After spending the day exploring Hervey Bay, it's time to board the night bus and get on the road north as you make your way towards Airlie Beach to embark on a once in a lifetime 2 day/1 night sailing adventure.

Day 5: Use your FREE NIGHT at Airlie Beach YHA to explore the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays. With breathtakingly scenic walking trails, a huge lagoon with free BBQs, and world famous backpacker beer gardens, Airlie Beach allows your holiday to be as relaxed or adventure-seeking active as you feel like!

Day 6: Your 2 chilled out days of sensational sailing around the unparalleled Whitsunday Islands starts at 8.30am from Abel Point Marina. Spend the next two days snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Of course, no trip to the Whitsundays is complete without a visit to the postcard-perfect Whitehaven Beach! On a budget? No worries! Bring your own alcoholic drinks on board the boat (no glass). After sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef and making memories to last a life time, you return to Airlie Beach by approximately 4.00pm.

What to Bring:

1 small overnight bag with clothes and toiletries. Don't forget swimwear, hat, towel, sunscreen, and of course, your camera.

Important Information:

This itinerary is based on using the Greyhound Bus service but does not include transport between Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach. Ask us about our exclusive discounts on Greyhound's East Coast Hop-on Hop-off pass.

Please let us know if:

  • You have any dietary requirements
  • You need a different itinerary from the one listed above- just tell us what tour dates you need and we will do our best to make it happen;
  • You are travelling on and need any tips, or tours booked. We are here to help;

Are you travelling the opposite direction? No worries, contact us directly and we can personalise an itinerary that works for you.

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Gold Coast Rainforest and Mount Tamborine day tour

Venture places only a four wheel drive can take you on this guided day tour through the Gold Coast's Lamington National Park and Mount Tamborine.

This full day tour takes you off the beaten track through Gold Coast's ancient rainforests and along secluded four wheel drive tracks. 

After pick up from Surfers Paradise YHA we head inland past spectacular views of the volcanic plateau of Mount Tamborine.

We stop for wine tasting and a morning tea break then venture into the rainforest on a guided walk to Curtis Falls while learning about the native forest.

Enjoy a BBQ lunch in Spring Gully and when the weather is warm take a refreshing swim in the nearby stream (bring your swimming clothes and towel).

Our final stop is Lamington National Park where you'll visit O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat to hand feed wild parrots and join a guided treetop canopy walk. 

SAVE $13!

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Gold Coast sailing adventure

Learn to sail a trimaran kayak through World Heritage Listed Moreton Bay Marine Park to South Stradbroke Island where a delicious sunset BBQ dinner awaits.

Enjoy nature at its finest on an eco-friendly 2 day, 1 night, sailing and camping tour of the beautiful World Heritage Listed Moreton Bay Marine Park and stunning South Stradbroke Island. 

Learn to sail a trimaran kayak from experienced guides before sailing from Surfers Paradise on the beautiful Gold Coast broadwater. Encounter dolphins and different species of birds along the way to your overnight camping destination on the stunning South Stradbroke Island. Here, you will set up camp for the night, enjoying hot showers, BBQ’s, an amazing sunset view and a relaxing camp fire. The next morning, after a swim and hearty breakfast you will set sail back to Surfers Paradise stopping at wave break island. All you need to bring is swimmers, a change of clothes and an adventurous spirit. 

This sailing camping adventure will take you on the trip of a lifetime.

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Gold Coast Waterfalls and Springbook half day tour

Short on time? Fancy a sleep in? This afternoon tour through the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland is just for you! *SAVE $9*

This package is perfect for those who want to sleep in or hit the beach in the morning then explore in the afternoon. This half day tour takes you high up into the Gold Coast hinterland to visit one of the region's most iconic waterfalls, Natural Bridge.

Bring your walking shoes as you'll venture through Springbrook National Park with an expert guide to 5 different waterfalls, including the 109 metre Purling Brook Falls. Along the way learn about the ancient Gondwana Rainforest and 3000 year old Arctic Beech Trees. 

Enjoy afternoon tea of freshly baked scones at a cosy hinterland restaurant before heading back to the Gold Coast for the night at Surfers Paradise YHA.

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Greyhound pass Melbourne - Cairns

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $27 when you book with YHA!

Travelling Australia's East Coast is a popular route for backpackers and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is a perfect way to do it!

Greyhound makes travelling easy with daily departures so you can travel when it suits you. Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and offer free WIFI and USB chargers at every seat.

Stop at all the must see destinations; Sydney, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach! 

Why rush? Take your time to discover some of Australia's best kept secrets along the way… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lennox Head, Townsville or Mission Beach.

BUY NOW AND SAVE. You have 6 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months.

Pass is valid:

  • For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Melbourne or Cairns
  • For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Melbourne and Cairns
  • Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only
  • Please state which direction you would like in the comments when making the booking. eg. Melbourne to Cairns or Cairns to Melbourne as passes must be issued in the right direction.

There are also Sydney to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

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Learn to surf in Surfers Paradise

This fun, safe, and easy 2 hour surf lesson is the perfect way to experience the thrill of surfing. With qualified coaches and small group numbers, we guarantee that you will stand up on your first lesson.

This 2 hour beginner surf lesson is designed to give you a taste of the thrill of surfing in a fun and relaxed environment. With a 6 student to 1 instructor ratio this is the perfect way to learn to surf. Once you arrive at the beach, the coaches will show you easy techniques to get you up on the board and maximise your standing time. Then it's time to hit the waves with your coach who will help you find the best waves to get you standing on your first or second wave.

What to bring: swimwear, towel, sunscreen, water. 

FREE things to do in Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, QLD

  1. Beach- Grab a FREE body board or soccer ball from reception and head to the beach
  2. Federation Walk- a beautiful 4 kilometres scenic walk from the hostel to the Spit. Great for walking, hiking, jogging, cycling or bird watching through the native vegetation.
  3. Beachfront night Market on the Esplanade –Wednesday, Friday & Sunday Nights from 3pm-8pm. Different local arts and crafts.
  4. BBQ and picnic facilities located across the road from the hostel. There are many FREE BBQ spots along the Coast to enjoy a BBQ or Picnic by the sea.
  5. National Parks. All Hinterland National Parks are FREE of charge. Beautiful tracks through the rainforest and waterfalls. You just need to get yourself there via car or tour.
  6. Lookouts- Burleigh National Park & North Burleigh. Short walking track between the nature and the ocean and an amazing view of Surfers Paradise.
  7. Surf Spots- the Gold Coast is famous for its amazing surf spots, from beginners to professional such as Burleigh Head, Kirra Beach, Snapper Rocks, The Spit, Narrowneck, Surfers Paradise.

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