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Surfers Paradise QLD

Surfers Paradise

Postcode: 4217

Surfers Paradise is a suburb on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland. Colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb is famous for its many high-rise apartment buildings and wide surf beach. The central feature of the Surfers Paradise CBD is Cavill Mall, which runs through the centre of the main shopping precinct.

The Gold Coast Oceanway travels along a beachfront alignment between Narrowneck and Surfers Central but then diverts inland to travel along a narrow corridor along Garfield and Northcliffe Terraces behind the beachfront highrises. Gold Coast City Council proposed to create a new Oceanway pavement along the public road reserve between the highrise buildings and the dunes but there was considerable opposition from local residents.

The Surfers Riverwalk travels along the Nerang River foreshores through Surfers Paradise. Since 1991 the Champ Car World Series has run an annual race on the streets of Surfers Paradise, an event currently known as the Lexmark Indy 300.

In the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, the paradise that the refugees hoped to reach is Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise beach was voted as one of the best beaches in the world by the American Travel Channel. Surfers Paradise beach was judged Queensland’s Cleanest Beach in 2006 by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.