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Southport

If you squint into the sunshine and cast your mind back a little over a century ago, you can almost picture the Southport of old; one of the Gold Coast's earliest and most fashionable seaside destinations.

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.

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