Budds Beach Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

With its unmistakable skyline of high rises, extensive range of attractions and activities, restaurants to satisfy every taste bud and the world famous beach, there is so much to do here in Surfers Paradise!

What a lot of people don’t realise is that the western side of Surfers Paradise offers its own unique blend of accommodation, cafes and experiences albeit at a much slower pace, creating its own unique vibe to enjoy.

After you have taken a selfie under the famous Surfers Paradise sign, had a dip in the waves then take a short walk over to Budds Beach for a coffee n’ cake at the local’s fav Bumbles Cafe, with a beautiful view of the river.

To burn the calories from the intake of cake, one must then jump on a Stand up Paddleboard or Kayak cruising the waters of Surfers Paradise. Go Vertical SUP will help you out.  The waters here on the river are abundant with marine life and bird life and you will see the most amazing waterfront homes and mansions.

Relax on the sandy beach or on the grassy area of the park, there is a playground and BBQs or simply while a few hours away enjoying the tranquility of the area.

Allow a day to explore the other half of Surfers where the Nerang river winds its way from the canals towards the Broadwater. Calm waters, quiet beaches and hidden cafes offer a welcome retreat after a busy day shopping and snapping photos in Cavill Ave.

Top off the day with the famous Duck Twilight tour – on the iconic amphibious Aquaduck, It’s called Secrets, Scandals & Sunsets, another way to enjoy the River & Broadwater with a bubbles or beverage!

Surfers Paradise Skyline from the ocean
Budds beach

Budds Beach, Surfers Paradise

A hidden gem in the heart of Surfers Paradise

Located at the end of Pine Avenue, less than 1km from the Cypress Avenue light rail station and Surfers Paradise hotels you will find Budds Beach. The beach is a hidden gem in the heart of Surfers Paradise tucked away to the west of the glitter strip along the banks of the Nerang River.

Stand up Paddle or Kayak to explore the richness of this area, you will love the sightseeing and nature spotting. Go Vertical SUP & Kayak will show you the best way to navigate with the river/weather conditions and you will be amazed at what this area has to offer. From the bustle of HOTA (Home of the Arts in Bundall to the serenity of Macintosh Island Park, full of birdlife from Peacocks to Curlews. 

Budds Beach – Popular with local families, couples and retirees Budds Beach provides a peaceful escape from the action and excitement of Surfers Paradise. The calm waters of the Nerang River lap along the golden beach providing a safe swimming area for families and people who prefer calmer waters than the surf beaches on the eastern beachfront of Surfers Paradise and Narrowneck beach.

A truely lovely area to visit and explore! Come visit where the Locals hang out and see why we are proud to show off this gorgeous hidden gem. 

Calm and protected waters

There is also a lovely tree lined park area where you can take a stroll, kick a ball or just lie and rest while sinking into a good book. Kids can have fun on the playground in the park and there are well maintained public toilet and bbq facilities available. Across the road from the park and beach is popular local café Bumbles. Serving meals, coffee and cakes you can choose to dine in or pick up a takeaway coffee to enjoy while sitting in the sun on the beach.

Calm and protected waters

The calm and protected waters of Budds Beach are perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking and Go Vertical SUP is based here.

Our SUP shop is located alongside Bumbles café on the corner of Pine Ave and there is plenty of free car parking on the street.

All paddleboarding and kayaking tours begin and end at Budds Beach. Look out for the bright blue and orange Go Vertical signs and come and say hi to our friendly crew.


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All tours depart from our Bumbles Cafe location: Shop 4, 19 River Drive Budds Beach, Surfers Paradise.

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