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Southport Queensland

The CBD and central entertainment hub of the Gold Coast that has a romantic history.


At a Glance

Southport was one of the southernmost port in Queensland, thus the name. Historically, it was also Gold Coast’s most popular seaside attractions, most known for its theatrical entertainment. Today, Southport remains one of the most popular urban destination in Gold Coast with plenty of places for shoppers and foodies to explore.

There are many places of interest inside this modern city with unparalleled natural beauty. One such place is the Chinatown precinct, that holds bustling weekly markets that sell a wide assortment of things - from food to handcrafted goods of oriental nature - that attracts up to 30,000 visitors on a regular weekend!


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Where is Southport?

 

Southport is a suburb and the central business district near the midpoint of the Gold Coast, and has one of the city's largest communities. It is located on the Nerang River and is south of Brisbane in the center of the Gold Coast city area. Close by is the famous Gold Coast beach as well as the rest of the Gold Coast surrounding it. Car hire is the fastest option to get there and will allow a quick drive of only an hour, yet the train, although slower maybe an easier and cheaper option.


 

Things to see in Southport

 

The Rockpool

The Rockpools water park is nestled within the picturesque town of Southport right on the beach. It is one of the best places to take your children to cool off on a hot sunny day. The Rockpool water park is suitable for children of all ages and also they can play with splashes and play. Children over 5 can do the racing track by bikes and scooters and rides down to the southern ends of the parkland. There is also a swimming lagoons which is on the beaches where both children and parents can spent time together but it has been offers the protection the marine animals.

The Rockpool

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Gold Coast Chinatown

Come and enjoy an authentic Asian food experience with your family and friends at the Chinatown Street Markets. Gold Coast Chinatown - in the heart of Gold Coast CBD - will come alive with Asian culture, children’s activities and entertainment. The Markets will offer a blend of cuisines from across Asia, or why not try one of the many restaurants in Gold Coast Chinatown and enjoy the atmosphere.

 

Surfer Paradise Beach

Throughout the year, our beach welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around the World.There will be lifeguard morning until evening during the weekdays and patrol lifeguard during the weekends and public holiday. There always a safe beach by putting flags on the beach. It is a great location to have a meal out or coffee/drink by the beach with a spectacular view early mornings it is just inviting, expansive, soft and easy. The beach itself is ok to swim at but a better place to swim in the morning because the wind can spoil it in the arvo, sometimes there's a bit of a drop/gully too, but a convenient place with all the attractions , shops and eateries nearby.

Gold Coast Chinatown

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Springbrook National Park

Spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, impressive views, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this heritage an outstanding place to visit. Springbrook National Park is located about 100km south of Brisbane and comprises four sections on and around the plateau; Springbrook section extends along the crest of the plateau, Mount Cougal section to the southeast and Natural Bridge and Numinbah sections to the west

Springbrook National Park

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What's the weather like?

 

As the Gold Coast region is a relatively small area, most places in this region experience similar climates. The Gold Coast region is known for having humid subtropical climate with hot summer and warm winters. Rainfall is relatively rare except in the summer months where residents experience ‘the Summer blues’ as precipitation may be significant in forms of thunderstorms and sustained heavy rains. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum of 21°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 13°C.

 

Get to know Southport's history

 

Southport, named so as it is the southernmost port in Queensland, is the CBD of Gold Coast. As timber was in abundance in the area in the late 1800s, Southport was a hub for the timber industry, housing several timber mills and a port to ship timber to Brisbane.

According to archaeologists, the area around Gold Coast were settled by native Australians for at least 23,000 years. It was first sighted by Captain James Cook in 1770 and Matthew Flinders in 1802. However, their sighting has generated little interest to colonisers and settlers. It was not until 1823 when John Oxley landed there, that settlers began to flock in the area. The abundance of redcedar in the hinterland attracted loggers to the regions, more settlers were drawn in as the surrounding valleys and plains were suitable for agricultural use, bolstering the cotton, sugar and cattle industries.

The region started to grow exponentially as coastal roads were built to connect the region to Brisbane. The completion of the Surfers Paradise hotel complex has also led to a tourism boom in the region. Post WWII, the region became a wildly popular destination by servicemen, resulting in significant inflation in real estates and goods and services in the area. That is the reason the area earned its name as ‘Gold Coast’ in the 1950s.

The recent years, the region began to boom as a result of improved infrastructure, growth in tourism and increased foreign investment, with several theme parks and high rise buildings being built. Today, Gold Coast is one of the most popular international tourist centre in the world.