Why Surfers Paradise is Awesome for Backpackers

If you’re chasing golden beaches, glowing sunrises and a laid-back lifestyle for your next backpacking adventure, allow us to give you an insight as to why you should be adding Surfers Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast to your must-stay list!

Think affordable accommodationbuzzing nightlife, beachfront markets, convenient transport, and everything in between, and nestled perfectly among it all is our travel haven, Budds in Surfers, a backpackers’ home away from home.

1. Affordable accommodation

guests at Budds in Surfers Paradise hostel
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Surfers Paradise isn’t just about glitzy resorts and luxury hotels; it also offers a variety of affordable accommodation options tailored to budget-conscious backpackers. Among those is our Budds in Surfers, which offers affordable accommodation options that won’t put a dent in your travel budget.

With a range of dormitory-style rooms, private rooms, budget-friendly rates, and in-house activities, you can kick back knowing you’ll have a comfortable, safe and fun place to stay without breaking the bank. We’ve done the hard work so you relax and enjoy all that this vibrant coastal city has to offer without worrying about your wallet.

2. Central to All the Best Beaches

Sunset view of the beach to Surfers Paradise Gold Coast
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Surfers Paradise is suitably named, offering some of the most iconic beaches in Australia and among those is the famous Surfers Paradise Beach, a stretch of golden sand and rolling waves under that warm Gold Coast sun. With Budds Hostel conveniently located, you’re just a small walk away from these golden shores, making it easy to catch those early morning waves or simply soak up the warm Gold Coast sun.

If you prefer to kick back without the waves, Budds Beach is a short 280m walk, offering calm waters and glowing sunsets, perfect for those afternoon sunsets and having a go on the stand-up paddle boards.

3. Buzzing Nightlife

Backpackers enjoying club nightlife in Surfers paradise
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When the sun sets, Surfers Paradise truly comes alive, with the nightlife being nothing short of spectacular, beckoning travellers from all corners of the globe to dance, mingle and lose themselves in its energetic atmosphere. From the iconic beachfront bars and riveting nightclubs to laid-back lounges and cosy pubs, Budds in Surfers is just a short 1km walk from all the action, keeping you safe and the parties close, so dance the night away or unwind with a few drinks, knowing you’ll never be too far from home. Wondering which spots to hit? We’ve done all the hard work; here’s where you’ll find us each week!

Weekly Nightlife Schedule:

  • Monday: Karaoke at Avenue
  • Tuesday: Beer Garden
  • Wednesday: Finn McCools
  • Thursday: Bedroom Night Club
  • Friday: Aqua nightclub
  • Saturday: Retros nightclub
  • Sunday: Lost Kingdom

Also check out our guide to the Top places to party in the Gold Coast and Sundown Sips: Navigating The Best Happy Hours In Paradise.

4. Surfers Paradise Markets

Crwod of people at the markets along The Esplanade Surfers paradise Gold Coast
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The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are a treasure trove of eclectic stalls lining the shoreline, offering everything from handmade crafts and fashion accessories to artisanal homewares and souvenirs. With a short stroll in the sun from Budds in Surfers, you can easily spend your weekends browsing through these stalls, you‘ll find artisans and designers showcasing their unique creations, giving you the opportunity to pick up one-of-a-kind treasures to remind you of your time in Surfers Paradise.

Markets are still on when it’s raining, however check out our guide What to do in the Gold Coast in the rain for other rainy day activities.

5. Easy to Access Public Transport

Light rail pulling into the platform in Surfers Paradise
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Getting around the Gold Coast couldn’t be easier, thanks to its efficient public transport system. With buses and trams connecting you to most of the coast, you’ll have no trouble exploring the city and venturing further up or down the coastline. If you feel like slowing down and taking the more scenic route, you’ll find Lime Bikes just about anywhere, and with a click, scan and select, you can cycle down the coast, taking in all the salty air and sun rays.

You’ll easily find a few bus stops and the Cypress Avenue Tram Station just a short walk from Budds in Surfers, making your stay comfortable and convenient whilst living up the Gold Coast Backpacker life.

6. Backpackers Hub

Backpackers around the pool area at Budds
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Surfers Paradise isn’t just paradise to the Gold Coast locals, it’s a central hub for backpackers chasing that coastal life, attracting travellers from all corners of the globe. In the heart of it all lies Budds in Surfers, a beacon for like-minded adventurers; with daily in-house activities, you won’t have a hard time mingling, sharing stories, and making lifelong friends.

Swap travel tips in the communal kitchen or bonding over a game of pool in the common area; you’ll quickly feel at home in this vibrant backpacker community.

7. Everything Within Walking Distance

Drone view of the heart of Surfers Paradise Gold Coast
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Nothing screams a laid-back coastal life more than one where everything’s right at your fingertips, and one of the best things about Surfers Paradise is that everything you need is within walking distance.

From affordable accommodation, supermarkets and attractions to cafes, bars, and restaurants, you’ll find everything you need right at your doorstep. Save your pennies on transport and allocate your budget to more exciting adventures and experiences, making your backpacking journey even more memorable.


So there you have it! Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast is a dream destination for backpackers, offering sun, surf, and endless adventures. And with Budds in Surfers as your base camp, you’ll have the perfect combination of comfort, convenience, and connection. Like we said, Surfers Paradise isn’t just paradise to the locals; pack your bags and chase that coastal life; Surfers Paradise is one you won’t want to miss.

Book your stay today and begin your Surfers Paradise Gold Coast journey at Budds in Surfers – you’ll have the time of your life!