This area has a rich and romantic history, which in the 1890s, attracted the well-heeled for its sideshow theatres and pier. Now the bustling CBD for the Gold Coast, Southport’s eclectic appeal still remains. Just north of Surfers Paradise, this business, shopping, dining and residential hub overlooks the dazzling Broadwater and Southport Spit, mixing a touch of city spice with natural beauty.
Shop at Australia Fair Shopping Centre or stroll the streetsto discover some fantastic new eateries and boutique shops. Cross over Marine Parade and you can escape to the manicured Broadwater Parklands where you can wander along seaside tracks, splash with the kids in the water park or visit the Aquatic Centre with three pools, gym and café.
At night, the precinct transforms into a food mecca with authentic multicultural restaurants dotted throughout the glowing streets. From Korean and Vietnamese to Italian and Turkish, it truly is a foodie explorer’s heaven.
Chinatown Gold Coast
Chinatown Gold Coast The $6.8 million Chinatown precinct is an integral part of the revitalisation of Southport as an international CBD for the Gold Coast. Chinatown is being developed in partnership with the community, private sector and government. It will offer an authentic Asian experience and create a unique destination on the light rail corridor in the heart of the CBD.
Chinatown is already encouraging Chinese and Asian tourists and fostering international relationships and investment, reinforcing the City as a destination to do business, be entertained, to live and be educated.
Chinatown will provide a sense of home for the Chinese and Asian community that permanently reside on the Gold Coast. As part of the Mayor’s second home strategy, Gold Coast Chinatown will bring a sense of safety and community to the thousands of international students studying at Gold Coast universities, English language schools and colleges.
This modern Chinatown is focused on Young and Davenport Streets in Southport. It will be a place for the Gold Coast to celebrate its diversity through culture, design, people and food. Chinatown will be an exciting mix of restaurants, cultural festivals and boutique; a place of cultural indulgence and celebration.
A four metre high statue of Confucius was recently unveiled and soon, three paifangs – traditional Chinese gateways – will mark the entries to the precinct.
Gold Coast Chinatown will be true to the Gold Coast spirit and will represent our new world relationship with the Asia-Pacific region.
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is located on Marine Parade adjacent to Southport Broadwater. It has a 50-metre Olympic pool with diving towers, 33- and 25-metre pools and a 15-metre indoor teaching pool. These pools are heated. There is a children’s aquatic playground which includes a wading pool.
Southport Broadwater Parklands
There is a major park located along the shore of the Southport Broadwater. The state government has allocated A$16M with matched funding from Gold Coast City Council (over $32 million in total), to invest into the parklands. The works will include building a pier along the Southport Mall alignment. The park will be known as Broadwater Park.
Health and Knowledge
Located on the eastern edge of the suburb is home to the Gold Coast’s health and knowledge precinct. Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus is home to over 18,200 students and offers student living accommodation. Griffith University is the city’s largest University. Located across the road is the Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH). GCUH is a large 800 bed teaching hospital that opened in 2013.