Surfers Paradise is without a doubt the most famous locality on the Gold Coast. With its unmistakable skyline of high rises, extensive range of attractions and activities, restaurants to satisfy every taste bud and world famous beach, there is so much to see and do 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. After you have taken a selfie under the famous Surfers Paradise sign, taken a tour on the iconic amphibious Aquaduck, tasted a Burger at Hard Rock café and strolled through the beachfront markets, 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.
Budds Beach Surfers Paradise
Located at the end of Palm 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 of the Gold Coast Highway along the banks of the Nerang River.
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.
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.
The calm and protected waters of Budds Beach are perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking and Go Vertical 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.