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Published March 14th 2014
Hit the dancefloor with the sailing social set
Set course for due north at Tedder Avenue in Main Beach and that is where the sailing social set spend their Sunday afternoons. The view out across the 300-berth marina is sensational, with Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace just up the road. This is definitely The Life, and one of the few places you can indulge in the uber-cool Moet Ice.
Southport Yacht Club is definitely exclusive, and a popular spot for Main Beach matrons, but it is far from stuffy. Sunday live entertainment will see the over-50s kicking up their heels and partying like it's 1999.
Live entertainment by the very popular duo Street Cafe (2/3/2014)
The live music goes from about 2-6pm, and the Sunday Roast Carvery comes on at 5.30pm, just as the munchies set in. For a bargain price ($13.95 members, $15.95 non-members) the chef will carve you a generous serving of roast beef, pork or lamb.
Call me crazy, but I'm not a big fan of a roast dinner, so I filled my plate with something I could photograph and then taste. Well, to my surprise I finished the whole plate. The roast lamb was tender and tasty, and all the veges were cooked to perfection. Nothing was oily or overdone. It was a perfect roast dinner. I am still not a convert, but now I appreciate why it is such a popular dish.
As the crow flies, Southport Yacht Club is due north of Tedder Avenue in Main Beach. However, if you approach along Tedder you will find yourself in a bit of a pickle and forced to head in the wrong direction back towards the Gold Coast Highway. Here are the best ways to approach by car.
If heading south over the bridge from Southport, turn left at the first set of lights and you will soon see the Club up ahead on your left. If heading north from Surfers Paradise, this is the set of lights after the Tedder Ave turnoff. You can also approach from the beach esplanade (Main Beach Parade) or from Seaworld, but you need to be quick to turn into the parking lot once you get through the roundabout.
Gold Coast visitors and frugal locals might like to catch the 750 bus that runs to the south, between SeaWorld and Mudgeeraba, or the 704 which runs to the north, between SeaWorld and Helensvale. Check the Translink Journey Planner for up-to-date details and timetables.
Click here for MEMBERSHIP details:
The Southport Yacht Club operates two distinct premises, the Main Beach Clubhouse and the Hollywell Sailing Squadron clubhouse.
Social members (and their guests) can access facilities at both clubhouses, including the swing moorings. Annual membership is from 1st April each year, with social membership currently at $252 (as at March 2014). At the discretion of the club, visitors may be signed in at Reception to dine or attend special functions. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, but always best to call ahead to avoid disappointment (07) 5591 3500.
Sailing members have access to many additional marina facilities, including the Dux Anchorage and picnic area on South Stradbroke Island. The higher fee structure for sailing members reflects these extra benefits.
Main Beach Clubhouse
Phone: 61 7 5591 3500
Fax: 61 7 5532 7507
Address: 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach
Queensland 4217 AUS
Thanks for the wonderful review! The roast dinner certainly is extremely popular on both Wednesday & Sunday's.
Just a couple of notes our Social Membership is only $225 and to access Dux or the marina you will require a Gold membership (not sailing).
Our membership for the 2014/2015 year is about to open with some very exciting & exclusive partnership benefits included!
Check our website for more information:www.southportyachtclub.com.au we look forward to seeing you all in the Club again very soon!