The essential one-page guide to Southport on the Gold Coast – including hotels, attractions, things to do and where to stay.

The long time business district of the Gold Coast is one of the Gold Coasts larger suburbs and features a mix of business, residential, recreation and tourism. The most well known street in the suburb is Scarborough St. which features the popular Australia Fair shopping center and it’s surrounding streets are packed with cafes, restaurants and shopping.

 

Australia Fair (http://www.australiafair.com.au) is one of the Gold Coast’s largest malls featuring many of Australia’s top retailers, plus cafes, restaurants and entertainment. It has hundreds of stores and two large food courts. It’s a mall that targets the value shopper with major stores including Jay Jays, Cotton On, Just Jeans, Roger David, K Mart, Sportsgirl, Sussan, and many more. There are aslo a wide range of good value beauty services.

You’ll also find lots of shops surrounding the mall along Scarabourough St and along Nerang St, which include variety stores and more eateries.

 

Across from Australia Fair is the Broadwater Parklands wich is a newly developed park featuring loads of attractions and things to do for families including BBQ facilites, Bouncy Pillow and Rock Pools for kids, plus much more. Best of all, it’s free to go there and there is also free wi fi available in the park.

Right next to Broadwater Parklands is Aquatic Park which features Olympic standard swimming pools, childrens splash pool, creche, cafe and fully equiped gymnasium. The fees are quite reasonable and anyone can get a membership or just pay for a single visit, you can see the schedule of fees here

 

The area also features mangrove wetlands, sculptures, boat ramp, beach volleyball court, fishing area, swimming enclosure, adventure playground and parking. There is also the ‘Big Wedgie’ at the northern end of the park offer super water slides.

Southport has long been a popular base for Chinese and centering on the intersection of Young and Davenport Streets you’ll find Chinatown, it’s still growing and more restaurants are opening up all the time and there are normally live shows at night on weekends.

The Top 5 Places to stay in Southport

Meriton Serviced Apartments Southport – central location, facilities include fitness centre, indoor and outdoor resort style pools, hot tub and sauna. – Como Crescent
Aqualine Apartments On The Broadwater – has great family rooms, facilites include outdoor pool, BBQ and terrace – 136 Marine Parade
Blue Water Bay Villas – facilities include a heated spa, sauna and gym – 150 Marine Parade
Earls Court Serviced Apartments – Close to transport. Large rooms, suitable for families – 131-133 Nerang Street
Broadwater Tourist Park – a superb location overlooking the Broadwater, some villas are right at the waters edge – Marine Parade

Source: www.goldcoastinfo.net