Guidebook for Southport

Luciana
Guidebook for Southport

Shopping

You will find fresh produce markets, Merlot coffee, a delicatessen with very nice European goods, a great bakery, fresh juice/ sandwich bar, a chocolate/ patisserie shop, a gift/ flower shop, make up and fashion stores, pilates studio and the gym in this great shopping spot. It is a little upmarket centre with quality, gourmet stuff. For more affordable shopping options, check out Trade Secret and Discount Chemists.
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Brickworks Ferry Rd
107 Ferry Rd
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You will find fresh produce markets, Merlot coffee, a delicatessen with very nice European goods, a great bakery, fresh juice/ sandwich bar, a chocolate/ patisserie shop, a gift/ flower shop, make up and fashion stores, pilates studio and the gym in this great shopping spot. It is a little upmarket centre with quality, gourmet stuff. For more affordable shopping options, check out Trade Secret and Discount Chemists.
Newly renovated Pacific Fair is now better than ever. Tonnes of great retail/ food/ specialty stores, luxury retail and surprisingly, some good restaurant food....we recently tried Rivea and were pleasantly surprised.
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
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Newly renovated Pacific Fair is now better than ever. Tonnes of great retail/ food/ specialty stores, luxury retail and surprisingly, some good restaurant food....we recently tried Rivea and were pleasantly surprised.

Essentials

This is the closest shopping centre, with 200+ stores including Kmart, Woolworths and the Cinemas. It is currently being upgraded/ renovated.
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Australia Fair Shopping Centre
42 Marine Parade
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This is the closest shopping centre, with 200+ stores including Kmart, Woolworths and the Cinemas. It is currently being upgraded/ renovated.
Another shopping centre close by, not as big as Australia Fair but with some good stores including Target, Aldi, fresh produce market, local doctors and Woolworths.
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Southport Park Shopping Centre
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Another shopping centre close by, not as big as Australia Fair but with some good stores including Target, Aldi, fresh produce market, local doctors and Woolworths.

Drinks & Nightlife

This cool bar is situated on the ground floor of the QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. It is a very short Uber ride from my place, serves good drinks/ cocktails and bar snacks, good music and dancing vibe on weekends.
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Stingray Lounge
7 Staghorn Ave
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This cool bar is situated on the ground floor of the QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. It is a very short Uber ride from my place, serves good drinks/ cocktails and bar snacks, good music and dancing vibe on weekends.
For a night of clubbing fun, drinks and dancing, you can't go past the best club in Broadbeach. It is always a good night there.
EAST
88 Surf Parade
For a night of clubbing fun, drinks and dancing, you can't go past the best club in Broadbeach. It is always a good night there.
A place to check out for your beer needs in the heart of Surfers Paradise! Live music on weekends.
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House of Brews
17 Orchid Ave
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A place to check out for your beer needs in the heart of Surfers Paradise! Live music on weekends.
At Jupiters you can gamble your heart away, see one of their shows, dance the night away at the Atrium bar, hang with the cool crowd at the Garden (good Aperol spritz and cocktails), or eat at Cucina Vivo or Kiyomi - both very good.
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The Star Gold Coast
1 Casino Dr
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At Jupiters you can gamble your heart away, see one of their shows, dance the night away at the Atrium bar, hang with the cool crowd at the Garden (good Aperol spritz and cocktails), or eat at Cucina Vivo or Kiyomi - both very good.

Entertainment & Activities

Sea World is the closest theme park - you can see a show, aquariums, take a helicopter ride or participate in other seasonal events (ie Carnivale Street Party).
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Sea World
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Sea World is the closest theme park - you can see a show, aquariums, take a helicopter ride or participate in other seasonal events (ie Carnivale Street Party).
We did this a few times as a group and it was good fun. In the heart of Surfers in the Chevron Renaissance Towers.
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Infinity Attraction
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We did this a few times as a group and it was good fun. In the heart of Surfers in the Chevron Renaissance Towers.
These are night markets with a festival atmosphere on the northern end of the Gold Coast, featuring FREE live music, street food, hangout spots and shops (ie clothes, candles, gifts). $3 entries, 4-10pm every Friday and Saturday. Worth a look!
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NightQuarter
1 Town Centre Dr
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These are night markets with a festival atmosphere on the northern end of the Gold Coast, featuring FREE live music, street food, hangout spots and shops (ie clothes, candles, gifts). $3 entries, 4-10pm every Friday and Saturday. Worth a look!
Marketta is a night market with a festival feel, situated in Miami on the southern end of the Gold Coast. This place is super cool and features live music/ entertainment, nice street food and offers in the area of art, fashion and design. Morning sessions till 2pm on Mon, Tue and Thu. Morning and afternoon sessions on Wed, Fri and Sat 5pm onwards. Definitely worth a look.
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Miami Marketta
23 Hillcrest Parade
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Marketta is a night market with a festival feel, situated in Miami on the southern end of the Gold Coast. This place is super cool and features live music/ entertainment, nice street food and offers in the area of art, fashion and design. Morning sessions till 2pm on Mon, Tue and Thu. Morning and afternoon sessions on Wed, Fri and Sat 5pm onwards. Definitely worth a look.
Take a tour at Sea World for a fun activity where watching vessel takes you out to the water to look for beautiful whales in the local area. If you are like me and appreciate nature and love to see animals free & in their natural habitat, this is definitely something to try.
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Sea World Cruises
130 Seaworld Dr
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Take a tour at Sea World for a fun activity where watching vessel takes you out to the water to look for beautiful whales in the local area. If you are like me and appreciate nature and love to see animals free & in their natural habitat, this is definitely something to try.
Learn to surf classes are held on the Spit beach, only a few kilometres from my place towards Sea World. They hold 2-hr beginner classes and can take photos of you trying to give surfing a go! Normally their classes are on daily from 10am-1pm. Good luck! Not as easy as it looks :-D
Get Wet Surf School
Learn to surf classes are held on the Spit beach, only a few kilometres from my place towards Sea World. They hold 2-hr beginner classes and can take photos of you trying to give surfing a go! Normally their classes are on daily from 10am-1pm. Good luck! Not as easy as it looks :-D
I have not yet tried this but was walking my dog down Broadwater Parklands when I saw a class going on. This is definitely something i will be trying out, I video-ed it to share with friends. Looks like so much fun! These guys are located at Waterways Drive at Main Beach and have to be worth a go!
HydroFly Gold Coast
I have not yet tried this but was walking my dog down Broadwater Parklands when I saw a class going on. This is definitely something i will be trying out, I video-ed it to share with friends. Looks like so much fun! These guys are located at Waterways Drive at Main Beach and have to be worth a go!
This place is in the heart of Broadbeach, right across the Casino - check out their website for events coming up while you are here! They hold discounted designer sales, comedies, concerts, travel expos, professional events, exhibitions and conferences.
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Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy
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This place is in the heart of Broadbeach, right across the Casino - check out their website for events coming up while you are here! They hold discounted designer sales, comedies, concerts, travel expos, professional events, exhibitions and conferences.
Take a cruise at Seaworld for a leisurely day onboard cruising the waterways of Gold Coast. You will see some of the most amazing waterfront homes on the Gold Coast, cruise past Stradbroke Island and possibly spot sea eagles, wild dolphins and beach combing wallabies. We took my cousin on this cruise when he was visiting and we all loved it.
Seaworld Dr at Mariners Cove
Take a cruise at Seaworld for a leisurely day onboard cruising the waterways of Gold Coast. You will see some of the most amazing waterfront homes on the Gold Coast, cruise past Stradbroke Island and possibly spot sea eagles, wild dolphins and beach combing wallabies. We took my cousin on this cruise when he was visiting and we all loved it.
This is a challenging and fun attraction that I definitely recommend for the lovers of adventure. This is an adventure ropes course where you climb cable ladders, balance on rope bridges, crawl through tunnels and catch a flying fox. It is full on but lots of fun especially in a group!
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Thunderbird Park
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This is a challenging and fun attraction that I definitely recommend for the lovers of adventure. This is an adventure ropes course where you climb cable ladders, balance on rope bridges, crawl through tunnels and catch a flying fox. It is full on but lots of fun especially in a group!

Food Scene

This place has the best views & is situated minutes down the road on Broadwater Parklands. You can kick back with a beer and fries or do a healthier option and catch a seat at brunch for some of their delicious restaurant options.
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Cafe Catalina
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This place has the best views & is situated minutes down the road on Broadwater Parklands. You can kick back with a beer and fries or do a healthier option and catch a seat at brunch for some of their delicious restaurant options.
Ferry Rd Markets are in the Brickworks Centre - great for fresh produce, lunches, good coffee and sweet treats.
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Ferry Rd Market
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Ferry Rd Markets are in the Brickworks Centre - great for fresh produce, lunches, good coffee and sweet treats.
If you love your chocolate, this is definitely a place to visit while on the Gold Coast. Located in the beautiful Marina Mirage, you will have trouble choosing from their delicious menu.
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
74 Seaworld Dr
If you love your chocolate, this is definitely a place to visit while on the Gold Coast. Located in the beautiful Marina Mirage, you will have trouble choosing from their delicious menu.
This is the best Italian place on the Gold Coast, for sure. Handmade & fresh, authentic food from pasta to their must-try cheese gnocchi and a selection of excellent pizzas. A must check-out while here.
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Gemelli Italian
2685 Gold Coast Hwy
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This is the best Italian place on the Gold Coast, for sure. Handmade & fresh, authentic food from pasta to their must-try cheese gnocchi and a selection of excellent pizzas. A must check-out while here.
Fine dining, beautiful water (and yacht! views) and Providore cafe/ bakery are amongst gems of this spot. Max Brenner I already mentioned earlier & if you like more of a pub, laid back vibe, check out Fishermans Warf just outside of the shopping complex, on the water.
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Marina Mirage
74 Seaworld Dr
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Fine dining, beautiful water (and yacht! views) and Providore cafe/ bakery are amongst gems of this spot. Max Brenner I already mentioned earlier & if you like more of a pub, laid back vibe, check out Fishermans Warf just outside of the shopping complex, on the water.
The best Thai place on the Coast, in the heart of Bundall about 10 mins drive from my place. It is tucked away the Sorrento Village Shopping centre. No MSG, just good thai flavours, very nice food!
Sukhumvit Thai
The best Thai place on the Coast, in the heart of Bundall about 10 mins drive from my place. It is tucked away the Sorrento Village Shopping centre. No MSG, just good thai flavours, very nice food!
For lovers of super healthy, vegan, clean foods - this little cafe on Ferry Rd Southport is a place to go. Smoothies, protein shakes, clean cakes, coffees and super salads. Nicely done up so the atmosphere works too.
Blendlove
253 Ferry Rd
For lovers of super healthy, vegan, clean foods - this little cafe on Ferry Rd Southport is a place to go. Smoothies, protein shakes, clean cakes, coffees and super salads. Nicely done up so the atmosphere works too.
For a ridiculously good range of doughnuts, including the one smothered in Nutella, this is a must-go place in Surfers.
Doughnut Time
For a ridiculously good range of doughnuts, including the one smothered in Nutella, this is a must-go place in Surfers.

Parks & Nature

If you want options with beaches, you are at the right place!!! Gold Coast has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. If you love busyness and crowds, opt for Surfers Paradise, Burleigh, Broadwater, Broadbeach or Tallebudgera or for quieter preferences, check out the Spit (Seaworld Drv) or beautiful Kirra.
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Surfers Paradise Beach
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If you want options with beaches, you are at the right place!!! Gold Coast has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. If you love busyness and crowds, opt for Surfers Paradise, Burleigh, Broadwater, Broadbeach or Tallebudgera or for quieter preferences, check out the Spit (Seaworld Drv) or beautiful Kirra.
Broadwater Parklands are situated on Marine Pde, and boast beautiful views to water, Surfers and Main Beach. Great location for picnics, BBQs, walking, running, skateboarding, riding a bike or just lounging around on one of the cool outdoor benches/ recliners.
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Broadwater Parklands
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Broadwater Parklands are situated on Marine Pde, and boast beautiful views to water, Surfers and Main Beach. Great location for picnics, BBQs, walking, running, skateboarding, riding a bike or just lounging around on one of the cool outdoor benches/ recliners.
Main Beach is a central beach of the Gold Coast. It is a great spot for a more chilled beach atmosphere and nowhere near as crowded as Surfers or Broadbeach. This spot is more relaxed yet central so you will find restaurants, shops and cafes a short walk away at Tedder Ave. A place to check out while on the Gold Coast.
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Main Beach
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Main Beach is a central beach of the Gold Coast. It is a great spot for a more chilled beach atmosphere and nowhere near as crowded as Surfers or Broadbeach. This spot is more relaxed yet central so you will find restaurants, shops and cafes a short walk away at Tedder Ave. A place to check out while on the Gold Coast.

Arts & Culture

The Arts Centre screens more alternative movies and documentaries, in 'old school-feel' theatres which can be a refreshing break from giant, commercialised cinemas. They hold exhibitions/ artwork, dance events and comedy nights & there is a small cafe onsite onsite.
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HOTA, Home of the Arts
135 Bundall Rd
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The Arts Centre screens more alternative movies and documentaries, in 'old school-feel' theatres which can be a refreshing break from giant, commercialised cinemas. They hold exhibitions/ artwork, dance events and comedy nights & there is a small cafe onsite onsite.
Sunday nights at Burleigh beach are so beautiful....with bongos and fire twirling! Just before that, walk the Burleigh Hill and check out the sunset from this very cool spot. Very beautiful.
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Burleigh Beach
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Sunday nights at Burleigh beach are so beautiful....with bongos and fire twirling! Just before that, walk the Burleigh Hill and check out the sunset from this very cool spot. Very beautiful.
This event is on in October, at the Evandale Parklands in Bundall. A really fun day out with amazing food, cultural entertainment and music.
Greek Festival Gold Coast
This event is on in October, at the Evandale Parklands in Bundall. A really fun day out with amazing food, cultural entertainment and music.