During my last weekend staying in Brisbane, I decided to check out Surfers Paradise which is located along the Gold Coast in Queensland, to the South of Brisbane.
To get to ‘Surfers’, as it is shortened to by the locals, I took the train to Nerang and hopped on the ‘Surfer’s bus’ which generally carries a fair mix of tourists and locals alike. This journey from Brisbane is quite a simple one, taking just over two hours by train and bus, in roughly equal parts.
For the TV fans amongst you, Surfers looks a little bit like a a cross between Baywatch and Miami Vice, in the respect that there are a large number of attractive lifeguards on watch from those little lifeguard towers and the Seafront seems very distinctly metropolitan (anyone hoping I was going to say that it’s full of sharp white suits with shoulder pads, pet alligators on boats, eccentric drug barons and the soothing sounds of Jan Hammer will be disappointed).
Whilst the high rise landscape overlooking the beach gives the impression of a tourist hotspot, in many ways this skyline (which is actually largely residential) is what give the place it’s unique look and feel and is an intrinsic part of it’s identity.
Despite being very touristy, the beach is big and beautiful, and only at the main entrance to the beach does the place feel busy. If you’re an outgoing type who fancies having some fun playing in the waves with a bunch of strangers, this densely populated part of the beach is a good place to start, but if you’d rather chill and read a book, a five minute walk down the beach is all that’s required to find a nice quiet spot with very few people around. If you do wander further down the beach, be sure not to swim outside of the flagged areas as the rip tides can be quite dangerous.
Anyway, I arrived to some interesting light, armed with my camera and decided to capture the sights of this buzzing, vibrant beach environment in this short photo essay.