Surfer's Paradise is in the centre of the Gold Coast. Critics say it is too built up, which is probably true, but I liked it. The weather was fabulous & no hurricanes. Kris was working, so I stayed close to the Marriott where we were staying (belive me, this was NOT a sacrifice).
The organisers invited spouses to the evening events. I enjoyed the evening dinner cruise but LOVED the "Behind the Scenes Night Tour" of Currumbin Sanctuary. I held a young crocodile, viewed a gigantic crocodile, fed kangaroos, enjoyed an Aboriginal dance troupe, and petted a koala bear. I am always ready for close (but safe) encounters with "wild" animals.