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Check Out How Southport Is Changing!
of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach on the Nerang River and Broadwater -
it is one of the oldest suburbs in the Gold Coast.
Caffemio is under the Pivotal Point building which is on the northern side of Australia Fair. Caffemio is typical of the kinds of cafes you will find.
This one is especially good on a Saturday morning when it is quiet!
Cafes such as these under Pivotal Point are creating a new feel to the area
If you like hot chocolate their Italian Hot Chocolate is worth a visit - rich and thick! Two thumbs up from my chocoholic husband!
The area is traditionally a business hub. During the week it is busy with Gold Coasters shopping or catching a bite to eat whilst ducking out from the office.
The newly completed Broadwater Parklands directly opposite Australia Fair Shopping Centre provides an impressive range of activites and interests including a kiosk, wetlands, playgrounds and pier. It is also home to the entertainment part of the Gold Coast 600 (Gold Coast Indy replacement motor racing event) during October each year.
Broadwater Parklands also hosts shows, exhibitions, concerts and outdoor cinema sessions from time to time.
Southport Beach play boats on the sand
by the swimming enclosure.
Marine Parade runs adjacent to the Broadwater but the two are separated by parklands, walking and cycle track.
All along Marine Parade you will find areas of interest such as:
The main types of accommodation here are apartments close to or on Marine Parade including some holiday apartments.
Southport is central to many of the
attractions whilst being a bit
away from the main hubbub.
Georges Paragon on Marine Parade -
greek seafood restaurant
It is not a place to stay and walk to restaurants and activities.
Although, there are some good restaurants in the area including the fabulous seafood at Georges Paragon which now has a restaurant under the Pivotal Point Building, as well as one at Surfers and one at Sanctuary Cove.
I highly recommend you hire a car if you base yourself in Southport.
don't like the hassle of driving yourself you will be able to find
options quite easily here. There are quite a few roadworks at the moment as the new Light Rail system is being installed in and around Southport. When it is finished it will really improve the public transport system.
Southport Olympic Pool - 50m lap pool, play pool and diving pool
Playgrounds by the Broadwater
Ferry Road Markets in Brickworks
There are several different types of accommodation in the Southport area including Backpackers, Apartments and tourist parks including cabins and camping sites.
There is a cluster of apartments near the Nerang River close to the Sundale Bridge which crosses the Nerang River and heads into Main Beach and Surfers Paradise. The other main cluster of accommodation is further north along the Gold Coast Highway on the way towards Labrador.
A selection of accommodation in the area is shown below including my comments.
Blue Water Bay Luxury Apartments and Villas
Blue Water Bay Apartments and Villas are Self-rated 4 star with one and two bedroom apartments and two bedroom villas.
Not all accommodation is air-conditioned so check before booking. Complex facilities include split-level swimming pool, heated spa, tennis court, barbecue, gym and sauna.
Rays Resort Gold Coast
The Rays Resort on the Broadwater formerly Breakfree Rays Resort Apartments is 3½ Star, 1 bedroom air-conditioned apartments. All apartments have balconies.
Located on the busy Gold Coast Highway, just north of the Southport CBD area. Facilities are set
around tropical gardens with four BBQ areas, swimming pool, spa, gym
and undercover secure parking.
This is a
popular resort and quite well situated close to good transport links.
Harbour Side Resort is 3½ Star accommodation with studio, one and two bedroom air-conditioned apartments located on Marine Parade in Southport at the northern end close to Labrador.
This part of
is a two lane major road. Cross the road to the Broadwater
area with children's playgrounds, cycle and walkways.
enclosure at Southport is about a 15 minute walk, so is Australia Fair.
Resort facilities include in ground pool and spa, half tennis court, BBQ and entertainment pavilion.
Click here for more information about Harbour Side Resort including rates and availability.
Other apartments in the area include the popular and new Meriton Serviced Apartments and Brighton on Broadwater Shores apartments located within the Shores Precinct right next to the Sundale Bridge on the way into Surfers Paradise. Both are newly opened in 2011, luxury complexes with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Excellent choices for GC Marathon Accommodation and Gold Coast 600 (ex Gold Coast Indy) accommodation.
Alternatively, Southport Waters which is also located near the Sundale Bridge provides 2 bedroom roomy apartments with full kitchens in a older style complex.
And for the more budget concious there's Aquarius Backpackers.
All of these accommodation options in Southport are particularly handy for the Gold Coast Marathon each July, which starts in the Broadwater Parklands Precinct and for the Gold Coast 600 event in October each year, although you will not have track views!
Tourist Parks - Cabins, Caravan and Camping Sites
Broadwater Tourist Park
Broadwater Tourist Park absolute
Broadwater Tourist Park has 19, 4½ star cabins including one with disabled access and facilities.
This tourist park offers over 200 camp sites including powered sites for caravans and campervans, un-powered sites for camping and 12 en-suite sites with private bathroom including shower, toilet and vanity.
As you can see from this photo there are some waterfront cabins.
Southport Tourist Park
Southport Tourist Park is located just north of Broadwater Tourist Park, but does not have waterfront. It has a selection of cabins and basic resort facilities.
The only golf course in this suburb is Southport Golf Club which is a private members and
guest only golf
club. You will have to know someone from this club to get a game on this course.
Resort Golf Clubs - Open 7 days
Public Golf Courses
Private Golf Clubs - Members and Guests only
Semi-Private Golf Clubs - Limited opportunities for non-members
Southport has beach frontage to the Broadwater along Marine
Parade. There is a safe water swimming enclosure opposite Australia
Fair. To be fair, it isn't the best beach in the Gold Coast, but at least there is one!
Approximate travel times by motor vehicle - please note travel times can be affected by many factors including traffic hazards and roadworks. These are just an indication.
Directions for Car TravelFor directions and other information I recommend you use Google Maps Australia. This will open in a new window, select the Get directions tab. Type in your starting point and where you want to go. I find the format the easiest to use and follow.
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