Southport is the commercial heart of the Gold Coast. The neighbourhood is home to the CBD and has mastered the art of balancing business with leisure. Walk around the city centre, explore Chinatown and shop at one of the best malls on the Gold Coast. Southport backs onto Broadwater, a sheltered estuary fringed by sandy beaches and grassy parks.
Things to do in Southport
Enjoy water sports in the calm, sheltered waters of Broadwater. A sandy spit protects the estuary from the Coral Sea and makes it ideal for kayaking, jet skiing and fishing. Broadwater Parklands overlooks the estuary and features emerald-green lawns and gold-sand beaches. Swim in the netted enclosure and splash in the water playground. Picnic tables and barbecue grills make Broadwater Parklands ideal for a family day out.
Get lost in the colourful alleys of Chinatown. Browse shops selling Asian groceries and dine at restaurants serving Peking duck, Cantonese dim sum and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. Colourful lanterns, street art and laneway sculptures add to the authentic atmosphere.
You’ll find everything from bikinis and boardshorts to sunglasses and sandals at Australia Fair. The air-conditioned mall offers a mix of Australian and international brands. Grab a bite to eat at the food court and catch the latest new release films at the multiscreen cinema.
Cross the estuary to Sea World, one of the most iconic theme parks in Australia. Buckle into stomach-flipping thrill rides and get up close with aquatic animals from around the world. The enormous outdoor lagoon is home to sharks, rays and schools of tropical fish.
Getting around Southport
Southport is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Drive to Surfers Paradise in five minutes or ride the tram in 15 minutes. A ferry links Southport with other popular destinations on the Gold Coast, including Surfers Paradise, Marina Village and Sea World. Brisbane Airport is a one-hour drive away.