Suburb Profile: Southport

Location and boundaries

Southport is bounded by Musgrave Avenue and Loders Creek in the north, The Broadwater and the Nerang River in the east, Slatyer Avenue, Wardoo Street and Southport-Nerang Road in the south, and Olsen Avenue in the west.

Name origin

Southport is thought to be named for its location as the southern-most port of the Queensland Colony, or after an English seaside resort. It was originally known as Nerang Creek Heads.



Land area

1,428 hectares (14 Km2)

Population density

19.83 persons per hectare

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the construction of the railway line from Brisbane and tourism, with the area becoming the main commercial centre of the City. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly from the 1970s. The population continued to gradually increase from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly high-density housing.

Land use

Southport is a residential and commercial area, with small areas of industrial land use and many parklands.

Major features

Major features of the area include Australia Fair Shopping Centre, Southport Park Shopping Centre, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE (Ridgeway and Southport Campuses), Central Queensland University (Gold Coast Campus), Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus), Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, Gold Coast Hospital (Southport Campus), Allamanda Private Hospital, Pacific Private Hospital, Southport Golf Club, Gold Coast Athletics Track, Gold Coast Rugby Union Club, Southport Football Club, Southport Leagues Club, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, Parklands Gold Coast, The Broadwater, Southport Swimming Pool, Arthur Angrove Park, Broadwater Parklands, Carey Park, James Overell Park, Mitchell Park, Musgrave Park, Wally Fankhauser Sports Park, Washington Waters Park and numerous schools.

* 2011 Usual residents

Source: 15/11/14