Fun (and cheap) things to do in Surfers Paradise – Finding entertainment on a holiday in Surfers doesn’t have to break the bank

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Finding entertainment on a holiday in Surfers doesn’t have to break the bank.

With ample restaurants, attractions and activities that fit any budget, it’s the perfect holiday destination for families looking for an affordable trip away, that’s still memorable and fun!

Here’s how you can penny-pinch like a pro in Surfers Paradise:


No trip to Surfers Paradise would be complete without taking advantage of its most famous asset, the beach. With hundreds of metres of sandy shore to explore, grab a free boogie board at our reception and hit the water! For families, our friends at the Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club are here to keep a watchful eye, just be sure to swim between the flags with your little ones.

Not a fan of the sand? The Esplanade walk is one of our favourites. A 50 minute round trip, enjoy views of the coast (and classic characters of Surfers) on the Esplanade walk. A great way to get your steps up if you ask us!


Held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4-9pm, the beach-front markets on the Surfers’ foreshore showcase wares from the best growers, artists and music makers around. Did we mention there’s free entry?!

Want more markets? The HOTA markets held at the Home of the Arts are just 30 minutes by foot away from us here at the Novotel Surfers Paradise. Every Sunday from 6.30-11am, you’ll find plants, artisan breads, artworks, coffee and some of the best fruit and veg this side of town.


Select a hotel that has your wallet in mind. Did you know that kids under 12 eat free at our buffet breakfast? Our Family Room which sleeps two parents and two children is well priced and comfortable for even the pickiest families. We also have a BBQ area where you can cook your own food.

You can even “Go Green” and be rewarded on check in. Help us reduce our carbon footprint by choosing to not have your room serviced daily and we will reward you with a $25 food and beverage credit to enjoy during your stay. Helping the environment and your wallet.

Hot tip: join ALL Accor’s FREE Membership program and you’ll score 20% off house drinks in BLVD Café & Bar from 3-5pm.You can sign up here.


While it might not fit everyone’s definition of ‘budget fun’, Cavill Avenue’s Paradise Centre is full of discounts and bargains that you can take advantage of. Look out for weekly specials or two-for-one deals, or just find something unique that you can’t get elsewhere! There’s also a Woolies next door if you need any essentials.
Even if you’re penny-pinching these holidays, there are plenty of fun things to do in Surfers Paradise. Take advantage of free attractions, catch some sun at one of Australia’s top beaches – or stay in and enjoy the amenities of Novotel Surfers Paradise.

Need help? Just ask our friendly staff at reception.

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