Go to Southport for Sun, Sand and Surf
Right at the centre of the Gold Coast and its major tourist attractions is the lovely city of Southport. Here, commerce goes on apace since it is the administrative hub of the north end of the city, however, since it is also nestled in the waterways know as The Broadwater, it is also a tourist hub too. This is the opening to the Nerang River which is protected by the The Spit, a sandy outcrop of land which protects the bay. On the horizon is Stradbroke Island and here the wonderful Sea World theme park is situated along with the marina and some top class holiday accommodation.
Things To Do in and Around Southport
Narrow Neck is an artificial reef that runs off the Main Beach area and protects swimmers and surfers from heavy seas. This then makes it a very family friendly beach area. To the north the holiday maker will find Seaworld Drive which takes theme park lovers right up to the park’s door. Of course, if the holiday maker wants to stay over for a few days, why not rent a holiday home or holiday villa so the family can stay in comfort?
Also along The Spit extends Philip Park which has many pathways to explore. Near Sea World itself, families can cook their own lunch or dinner on the open air barbecues provided. Anglers should look out for the jetty in Doug Jennings Park, also along The Spit, because it sticks out to around five hundred metres into the ocean and affords the keen angler a chance to try his luck on catching something extremely exotic.
As one would expect from a seaside place like Southport, anything that can be done on water is available here. Cruises are on offer in abundance as are water sports of all descriptions. All the equipment can be hired so there is no need to bring your own. After some strenuous workouts, try a lovely seafood lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Sea World itself offers up twenty five hectares of magnificent marine-park, the largest one on this continent, and it has all the rides, entertainment and activities to suit even the most adventurous of people. Here the family can see dolphin shows, penguins and all other forms of sea life along with waterskiing displays etc. If the family wants to stay in accommodation on site, there is free entrance into all the entertainment. One sight not to be missed is the twin polar bear cubs, Ping Ping and Kanook, which entertain guests with their wild play.
Again for the kids, bless them, is Cartoon Network Cartoon Beach. Here they will find the top cartoon characters to hang out with - Johnny Bravo and Tom and Jerry, just to name a few.
Also along the same stretch people will find a great kart track to let off steam. This is only for the adults and can be quite hair-raising so be careful about getting insurance that covers dangerous sports.
Places to Stay in Southport
Here is where to find luxurious accommodation. In fact, it was the coming of hotels and rental accommodation that brought on the tourist boom which still continues up to this day. As land prices started to escalate, someone coined the phrase, the Gold Coast, and this is now what this part of Australia is commonly called.
Right next door to Southport, and actually part of the same area now, is Coolangatta which is also a tourist hub. Because of the immense amount of sunshine per year, tourism is a great income earner for the government and accommodation owners alike throughout the year.
When to Go and How to Get to Southport
The Gold Coast International Airport handles flights from all over the continent as well as those coming from further afield. UK tourists normally come via Heathrow to Singapore or Los Angeles and could well spend a couple of days in that part of the world in some top notch accommodation catching up on their jet lag to arrive in Australia fully refreshed and ready for fun.
Since Southport and its environs boasts a full three hundred days of sunshine each year, it is hard to say when a bad time to visit would be. It may be a good idea to go in the UK winter to get some much needed sunshine.
Lastly, when families travel great distances to get to Australia, from the UK for example, book up rental holiday accommodation and tickets to the parks at the same time as booking the air tickets. Transfers can be booked too and takes the guess work out of how to get their.