If you’re heading to Queensland’s gorgeous Gold Coast
for a well-deserved beach break, you should totally consider staying in Southport. The CBD of the Goldie, Southport may not be right on the open beachfront, but it does have sweet water views across the calm Broadwater. Nestled at the northern end of the glitzy strip, Southport is way more low-key than the craziness of Surfers Paradise. So book your accommodation in Southport for a different kind of Gold Coast holiday.
The secret’s out—the Gold Coast is pretty awesome! And now you can stay there without spending a ton of cash when you book accommodation through our sister site, Wotif. Score a sweet Gold Coast hotel deal today and slap on your bathers—you could be at the beach tomorrow!
If you don’t consider yourself a surfer, or simply don’t like battling with the waves, you’ll def love swimming at Southport. The waters are calm and protected thanks to the long sandbar that divides the inlet from the Pacific Ocean. There’s even a swimming enclosure here! But if you’re not into getting wet at all, you’ll love even just taking a stroll by the water’s edge, as walkways and pretty parklands line the shore. Without even planning it, you’ll discover that most weekends there is some kind of event going down in the parklands, whether it’s a concert, seminar, or one of the weekly Produce by the Pier markets which happen on Saturdays.
Heaps of families love Southport’s waterfront area – especially with the water playground – but don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t pack a picnic for a lazy afternoon here too! And don’t miss the 100-metre long pier to toss your bait or dangle your feet off. Because really, we all know that it’s easier to buy fresh seafood and here, there’s tonnes of it, from restaurants to fish and chips shops. Wondering about what other goodies you can buy? Head to Australia Fair Shopping Centre. It’s one of the biggest on the Gold Coast, with 230 stores and a cinema complex, and its right here in Southport.
But of course, a trip to the Gold Coast – or the GC as some peeps call it – isn’t complete without exploring a little further afield. If you’re keen to party the nights away, Surfers Paradise
is just 10 minutes away, and the Jupiters Casino a little further. For some luxurious pampering, boutiques and dining, head to Main Beach
, which is just on the other side of the Broadwater. And if it’s more sun and surf you’re chasing, the whole Gold Coast is right at your fingertips, from Broadbeach
to Burleigh Heads
To get yourself around this long strip of endless summer, it’s easiest to hire a car, but there are also buses. In 2014 there’ll even be a brand new light rail service! Come see why everyone loves the Gold Coast and get a piece of the action from a peaceful perch in Southport. Book your Southport hotel with us below!