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Main Beach
Gold Coast

Southport featuring a sandy beach, tropical scenes and swimming

Golden beaches, a glistening Pacific ocean and sparkling skyscrapers; this Gold Coast suburb may be shiny but isn’t all flashy.

Visit Main Beach in the city of Gold Coast in Queensland to relax on its beautiful beach, experience its nightlife and enjoy its family-friendly nature attractions.

Main Beach is one of the more popular beachside suburbs of the Gold Coast. This northern suburb is just a few hours south of the state capital Brisbane and its marina is easily reached by boat. What makes Main Beach so attractive, however, is that it is surrounded by water. The aptly named Narrowneck isthmus is all that connects the suburb to mainland Southport.

Originally known as Southport East, Main Beach has been a vacation spot for more than a century. The Southport Surf Life Saving Club and local Main Beach Pavilion are lasting icons of those early days.

Join the locals for a jog at sunrise or pre-dinner strolls at sunset. Go for a swim between the flags or learn how to surf with one of the many surf schools that line the beach. You can even sign up for epic Jetpack, Jet Ski or Jet Board adventures.

For something different, head to the Marina Mirage Waterfront Shopping and Dining precinct, which also has farmers markets on Saturday mornings. You can also buy your seafood straight from the fishing trawlers at the Gold Coast Fishermen’s Co-Operative at The Spit.

The Spit is the northern boundary point of Main Beach and marks the start of the Broadwater of the Nerang River. Go fishing or take a boat trip from Doug Jennings Park on the northern tip, or get your fitness up in the ocean-facing Philip Park. The Gold Coast offers excellent whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities, even close to shore.

The kids can have safe marine encounters in nearby Sea World and watch the Thunder Lake Stunt show. To let them mellow out afterwards, follow the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve to spot special seabirds in the dunes.

Take an evening stroll along Tedder Avenue for elegant alfresco dining. Try local prawns paired with a crisp white wine from the hinterland to celebrate all that’s good about the Gold Coast.


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Sea World Resort
Sea World Resort
4.5 out of 5
Sea World Drive Main Beach Gold Coast, Main Beach, QLD
The price is $120 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Philip Park and Sea World. Marina Mirage Shopping Centre and Sand ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,216 reviews)
"Great stay as usual"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Sea World Resort
Palazzo Versace
Palazzo Versace
5 out of 5
94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, QLD
The price is $263 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
Located in Main Beach, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marina Mirage Shopping Centre and Sea World. Surfers Paradise Beach and Chevron Renaissance ...
4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)
"An amazing vibe ! Loved the entire weekend."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Palazzo Versace
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach, QLD
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The price is $188 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
Offering direct access to the beach, this Main Beach hotel is connected to a shopping center and within a 15-minute walk of Philip Park and Sea World. Surfers ...
4.4/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"The rooms and hotel style are very dated but property location is unreal."

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast
Xanadu Main Beach Resort
Xanadu Main Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
59 Pacific Street, Main Beach, QLD
The price is $337 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Main Beach, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tedder Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. Sea World and Chevron Renaissance are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (696 reviews)
"The apartments are so spacious and clean"

Reviewed on May 29, 2021

Xanadu Main Beach Resort
Pacific Views Resort
Pacific Views Resort
4 out of 5
5 Woodroffe Avenue, Main Beach, QLD
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This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Tedder Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. Chevron Renaissance and Sea ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (523 reviews)
"Beautiful views and easy access to the beach and cafes. The resident cat was my highlight though."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Pacific Views Resort
Oscar on Main Resort
Oscar on Main Resort
4.5 out of 5
01 Hughes Avenue, Main Beach, QLD
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This family-friendly Gold Coast apartment building is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Tedder Avenue, Mariner's Cove Marina, and Macintosh Island ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (251 reviews)
"Great location and fabulous views"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

Oscar on Main Resort
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