Southport, on Queensland fabulous Gold Coast is a wonderful place to stay for a few days during your Australian Holiday. It is located at the northern end of the Gold Coast and fronts onto the Southport Broadwater which is the inland waterway that extends from the Gold Coast through to Brisbane, inshore of South Stradbroke Island. Southport is the commercial center of the Gold Coast but it also has a lot going for it as a tourist destination. It is the closest center to the regions world famous theme parks. Dreamworld, Movie World and Wet n Wild waterpark all lie a short bus ride to the north and Seaworld is right in the middle of town and located on the fabulous Southport Spit region on the ocean side of the Broadwater.
In Southport itself, there are lots of places to stay in great hotels and holiday apartments right on the waterfront and overlooking the Broadwater and most of these are walking distance from the commercial center. This side of the Broadwater is quieter than the beach side and the other resort areas like Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach that lie just to the south. This makes Southport an ideal family destination. On the Southport spit you will find sensational accommodation at places like the Sheraton Mirage, Palazzo Versace hotel and Sea World Nara Resort. Therese resorts are right on the ocean beachfront so you can go surfing right from your door. There is also some fabulous up market shopping centers on the spit which adjoin the Southport Yacht Club and a number of fabulous marina's that are filled with magnificent cruisers and yachts. The Gold Coast Seaway has been constructed here to stabilize the bar and make ocean access from the Broadwater much safer. There are plenty of cruises available here also and you can choose from square rigged sailing ships plying the calm waters of the Broadwater, floating restaurants with sensational menus for your lunch or dinner, or you can take a whale watching or fishing expedition onto the open ocean. Tours also operate from Southport into the magnificent Gold Coast hinterland to see the rainforests and waterfalls that the region is famous for.
Southport has plenty to offer both the day tripper and the holiday maker looking to stay for a holiday for a week or two. If you are visiting the Gold Coast as part of an Australian holiday, then don't forget to include Southport on your itinerary.
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