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

DJ Night

DJ Night at Fisho's! Live DJ, free drink and free pool competition. Located directly behind the hostel.

Fisherman's Wharf

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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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 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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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. 

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8 Day Express East Coast- Brisbane to Cairns

Want to see the best of Australia's East Coast but short on time? This is the perfect trip for you! Includes Fraser Island, The Whitsundays, 7 nights accommodation and 9 meals. Can also be booked Cairns to Brisbane.

Being short on time and money wont stop you seeing the best of Australia's East Coast with this bucket list package that will see you exploring Fraser Island's most beautiful spots and living the dream, sailing the stunning blue waters of the Whitsundays.

The below itinerary is for Brisbane to Cairns. Please contact us if you are travelling from Cairns to Brisbane (same cost).

Day 1: Start your east coast adventure with a night at the award winning Brisbane City YHA. Whether it's a relaxed night in or a night out on the town tasting locally brewed craft beers, Brisbane is sure to impress.

Day 2: Board your Greyhound bus to Noosa at 11am. Arriving just a couple of hours later and giving you plenty of time to explore this stunning coastal town. Includes free shuttle from Greyhound bus stop to Noosa Heads YHA.

Day 3: You will be picked up from your hostel at 6:30am for your all-inclusive 2 day/ 1 night Fraser Island self- drive 4WD adventure. With an all you can eat menu, beach house accommodation, and awesome local guides to show you all the hidden, less crowded treasures of Fraser Island including crystal clear lakes, towering rainforests, and even coloured sands the memories of this trip will last a lifetime! This tour prioritises preservation over profit and provides an amazing opportunity to experience indigenous culture

Day 4: After two amazing days exploring Fraser Island you will be dropped back to Noosa Heads YHA at approximately 6pm.

Day 5: Spend the day exploring Noosa, take a canoe tour of the tranquil Noosa Everglades, hire a surfboard or go stand- up paddle boarding, walk the stunning Noosa Headland for epic coastal views before making your way back to the hostel for your free shuttle to the Greyhound bus departing at 5:25pm

Day 6: Arrive Airlie Beach @ 9:45am. Store your bags at Airlie Beach YHA and go and explore all that this town has to offer before hitting the world famous Airlie Beach nightlife or getting an early night in your comfortable hostel accommodation.

Day 7: Your 2 day/ 1 night Whitsunday Sailing tour departs from Abel Point Marina at 8:30am. Step aboard a multi award winning eco accredited safari vessel and learn to sail, enjoy kayaking at your own leisure, snorkel over some of the best reefs around the islands and visit the world-famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout. This breathtaking trip also includes delicious meals and plenty of time and space for both relaxing and socialising, when under sail this boat is a truly spectacular sight to see.  

Day 8: You will arrive back from an unforgettable sailing tour at approximately 4pm giving you plenty of time to collect your bags from the hostel and relax before catching the bus to Cairns at 8:40pm

Day 9: Your bus arrives in Cairns at 5:35am. Cairns Central YHA offers free luggage storage when travelling on this package, so store your bags and take advantage of their free Wi-Fi to share all your amazing memories from the week just gone. Alternatively, keep the adventures going with a full day outer reef tour.


Staying on in Cairns? Add a full day outer Great Barrier Reef snorkelling tour and full day rainforest and waterfall tour for only $250. These two tours will show you the best that Tropical North Queensland has to offer. 

Check in for your full day outer reef trip at 7:15am from the Reef  Fleet Terminal. Experience a unique reef adventure with a personalised day exploring two pristine Great Barrier Reef locations without the crowds. Get up close to a giant maori wrasse, follow a turtle over colourful coral formations, spy a manta ray. Return to Cairns at approximately 4:30pm

The Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Tour will pick you up from Cairns Central YHA @ 8:15am. This full day tour Explores the stunning scenery of the Atherton Tablelands while bushwalking through ancient rainforest and swimming in pristine waterfalls and crater lakes. Returns to hostel at approximately 7:30pm.

This package does not include transport. Include your Greyhound Hop on Hop Off Bus Pass for just $333.00.

FREE things to do in Main Beach

  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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