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At the northern end of the city, close to iconic Surfers Paradise and two minutes drive from Main Beach, Southport was officially the first settlement on the Gold Coast. Overlooking South Stradbroke Island, Southport makes for an idyllic holiday spot as it is positioned at the outflow of the Nerang River on the western side of the infamous Broadwater. Although it is recognised as the business centre of the Gold coast, a number of boat ramps and jetties have sprung up making it ideal for any kind of water sport.


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The Southport shoreline, covers nearly three kilometres of parks, walkways and leafy suburbs that fringe the edges of the area, giving it that special holiday feel. Family activities, cultural events and recreation have become a key focus for residents of Southport, with parklands providing a high quality space.


Centrally located to the Gold Coast's world famous surf beaches and exciting nightlife, n ot much of the historic beginnings to Southport remain. Instead the district is now home to the massive shopping complex Australia Fair, an award-winning marina, trendy eateries and boutiques.


Ideally located to the northern suburbs of the Gold Coast, Southport is a good base for those wanting to reach Labrador, Biggera Waters, Anglers Paradise, Runaway Bay, Hollywell and Paradise Point.


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