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SouthportGold Coast

This stretch of coast in the heart of the Gold Coast offers the perfect mix of sun-soaked beaches, wildlife encounters and leisurely shopping.

Southport, formerly known as Nerang Creek Heads, is the fashionable central business district of the Gold Coast. Southport offers the perfect mix of city and beach and gives easy access to some of the country’s most exciting theme parks. Take a dip in the ocean, go shopping or enjoy thrilling rides and shows.

Go fishing, hire a boat or enjoy one of the many water sports on offer at the Broadwater. This stretch of coast houses the Southport Yacht Club as well as various marinas. A little further south is Surfers Paradise, one of the Gold Coast’s most stunning places to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

Take the children to Broadwater Parklands with its jumping pillow, playground and BMX circuit. The Rockpools is an exciting water playground for children of all ages. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the wide-open grassy areas or stop for a bite at the café. To escape the sun for a few hours, visit Australia Fair Shopping Centre and browse some of its 200 retail stores or watch a movie in the Senstadium Cinema.

Add a little adventure to your holiday and take a Splash Safaris Sea Kayaking Adventure. The tour will take you across the Broadwater to the beautiful white sandy beaches of South Stradbroke Island. Snorkel around Tipplers Passage or take a bushwalking trail around Couran Cove. Keep a look out for dolphins, eagles, stingrays or brahminy kites along the way.

In Sea World, in nearby Main Beach, enjoy close encounters with marine animals or let the kids splash in the water playgrounds. You can even take a parasailing lesson, rent a Jet Ski to cruise along the Broadwater or take a helicopter ride.

Southport is located just north of Surfers Paradise and overlooks the Broadwater and the Southport Spit. The nearest train station is located about 11 kilometres (7 miles) from the Southport central business district at Helensvale. Trains run frequently to Brisbane city and airport.


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Meriton Suites Southport, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Southport, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2 Como Crescent, Southport, QLD
The price is AU$123 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Located in Southport, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach, Chevron Renaissance and Sea World. Cavill Avenue and SkyPoint Observation ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,311 reviews)

"We had a great stay, we’re on the 50th floor and the view was beautiful. The hotel was very clean, we loved the pool and the spa and front desk people were lovely. We’ll definitely stay here again once we’re in Southport."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Meriton Suites Southport, Gold Coast
Mantra at Sharks
Mantra at Sharks
4 out of 5
Corner Musgrave & Olsen Avenue, Southport, QLD
The price is AU$115 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.

Located in Southport, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Parkwood International Golf Course and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Broadwater Parklands. Gold Coast University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (424 reviews)

"Basic room was bit dirty, and over priced for what I got."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2021

Mantra at Sharks
Woodroffe Hotel
Woodroffe Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Garden Street & White Street, Southport, QLD
The price is AU$115 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Southport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Australia Fair Shopping Centre and Broadwater Parklands. Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Surfers ...

4.2/5Very Good! (412 reviews)

"It was great. Would definitely stay there again. Loved the location - close to shops and easy drive to Seaworld."…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2021

Woodroffe Hotel
Broadwater Tourist Park
Broadwater Tourist Park
2 out of 5
169 Marine Parade, Southport, QLD
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This family-friendly Gold Coast campsite is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Australia Fair Shopping Centre and Broadwater Parklands. Surfers Paradise ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (191 reviews)

"Friendly and professional staff, property was clean with good facilities. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Broadwater Tourist Park
Arrival Accommodation Centre
Arrival Accommodation Centre
2.5 out of 5
69 QUEEN STREET, Southport, QLD
The price is AU$78 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Southport, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach, Slingshot and Sea World. Cavill Avenue and Ripley's Believe It or ...

2.8/5 (76 reviews)

"It was a very good accommodation which gave us convenient access to kids facility and restaurants by walking. Staff members are lovely and everything was very good with the price I paid. Very satisfied. Thanks. We’ll come back here again in the future."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2020

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Aquarius Gold Coast
Aquarius Gold Coast
2 out of 5
44 Queen Street, Southport, QLD
The price is AU$95 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Located in Southport, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach, Chevron Renaissance and Sea World. Cavill Avenue and SkyPoint Observation ...

3.8/5Good! (142 reviews)
Great location

"Very easy location close to beach, awesome!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020

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