Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate and has become widely known for its surfing beaches, high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland. The city is part of the nation’s entertainment industry with television productions and a major film industry. The city hosted the 21st Commonwealth Games which ran from 4 to 15 April 2018.
Southport is recognised as the central business district of the City of Gold Coast.
Southport is known as the Gold Coast Broadwater. The Broadwater houses the Southport Yacht Club
and a number of marinas on the southern bank of the Nerang River in an area now known as Main
Beach. The area is used for fishing, boating, and water sports. Located opposite Southport on the far
side of the Broadwater on The Spit, is the theme park Sea World.
Southport has numerous main roads that connect Southport with other suburbs. Gold Coast Highway
travels the full length along the coast on the Gold Coast connecting Southport with all the coastal
suburbs on the city. Smith Street Motorway is a motorway grade extension of smith street connecting
the suburb to the Pacific Motorway that connects the city to Brisbane.
GOLD COAST CAMPUS
LEVEL 2 (Suite 203), 9-15 BAY STREET, SOUTHPORT QLD 4215
How to get there
There are two major bus stations – Southport and GCUH. The Southport bus station is located in the heart of the suburb on Scarborough Street which provides regular and high frequency services to mainly the northern suburbs. GCUH bus station is situated on the western part of Southport, servicing Gold Coast University Hospital and the northern part of the Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. All services are a part of the Translink integrated fare system including Tertiary student travel (concession).
Helensvale train station is the Southport’s nearest railway station, located 11 km from the Southport CBD. The railway line provides a connection to Brisbane city and Brisbane Airport. The Light Rail extension to Helensvale now operates integrally with the University Hospital to Broadbeach South line, with connections at Helensvale to Brisbane (Roma Train Station).