Situated on the southern most part of the British colony of Queensland, Southport still harbors the old world charm of Australia. Carrying on the tradition of being Gold Coast’s earliest and most fashionable seaside destinations, the place is home to one of the Gold Coast's largest shopping complexes, Australia Fair, as well as happening cafes and restaurants, Southport Yacht Club, exclusive Marina Mirage boutiques and buzzing nightlife. The place was originally called as Nerang Creek Heads, however, its name was changed to replicate the English resort of the same name. The region also nestles beautiful parklands bordered along the Broadwater, rendering immense opportunities for recreation and surfing. North to it lies the famous Surfers Paradise as Southport overlooks the shimmering Broadwater and the Southport Spit which divides the Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean.
This district in Gold Coast is a mélange of history, glamour, sea side activities and languid culture reflected in its parklands.
Essential travel information and Southport tips for your visit
- There is no nude bathing permitted in Queensland.
- Australian beaches are beautiful. Never underestimate the power of the Pacific Ocean. Always swim between the red and yellow flags in a patrolled beach and heed life guards’ advice.
- Visiting the Gold Coast Theme Parks are going to eat into your budget. You can get special 3 theme Park passes for unlimited visits to Movieworld, Seaworld and Wet and Wild.
- Surprisingly, there is more to the Gold Coast than beaches. Head into the “hinterland” for great rivers, swimming holes, hiking, and parks. During the weekend, you can snap up some local produce at a farmer’s market. For the more adventurous, you can tackle one of the many rainforest walks available on Tamborine Mountain.