Suburb Profile: Main Beach – South Stradbroke

Location and boundaries

Main Beach – South Stradbroke is bounded by the Canaipa Passage in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, the suburb of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast Highway in the south, and the Nerang River and The Broadwater in the west.

Name origin

Main Beach was named to describe the area – the main surf beach for the town of Southport. It was originally known as Southport East. South Stradbroke is named after the second son of the Earl of Stradbroke.



Land area

3,830 hectares (38 Km2)

Population density

0.94 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1870s. Growth took place in the early 1900s, particularly during the 1920s, spurred by improved access, land auctions and the construction of many holiday houses. Significant development occurred from the 1950s, following land reclamation. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Main Beach – South Stradbroke is a residential, tourist and parkland area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Seaworld, South Stradbroke Island, South Stradbroke Island Conservation Park, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Marina Mirage, Main Beach, Narrowneck Beach, Wave Break Island, The Broadwater, Tedder Avenue retail area, Doug Jennings Park, Hollindale Park and Philip Park.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14