Southport is a suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Richard Gardiner was the first European to settle in the area which was known as Nerang Creek Heads. In 1869, Gardiner built a home and a wharf at the river end of Queen St. Following Gardiner's lead, the Loder family joined him, then many others.
The village was renamed Southport in 1875 after the English seaside resort town. By 1890 the place had become the place for the social set, mainly due to its beautiful views and perfect weather. It was named Southport because it was the southernmost port of the colony of Queensland. Southport is recognised as the central business district of the Gold Coast City.
Southport is situated just north of Surfers Paradise and is a great place to stay and visit if you want to be close to the action of the Gold Coast, without being in the heart of the clubbing action.
Southport has a range of attractions to offer for visitors to the area. Along the Broadwater there is a host of beautiful parkland, featuring picnic areas and walkways. For those with a desire for adventure then the Broadwater offers a range of watersports.
Southport is also home to a selection of shopping malls and boutiques, as well as some modern cafes and restaurants. Australia Fair is a large shopping mall which features over 230 stores, supermarkets, food court, cinema and even a hotel, with Southport Mall featuring a range of shops and cafes for a relaxed and friendly day.
Trade Secrets, the Brickworks, is another popular shopping mall which offers upto 50% discount on fashion labels.
For entertainment you can head to the Parklands Showground on Smith Street, which offers Greyhound racing every Wednesday afternoon and Harness racing every Thursday afternoon. There are also other events held here throughout the year, which are very popular.
There is also a selection of accommodation in Southport ranging from hostel accommodation to apartments and hotels.