Few tourist resorts can claim to have it all. Many promise a paradise but on closer inspection, usually fail to live up to expectation. Queensland's Southport is the refreshing exception to this rule.
Although often overshadowed by it's iconic neighbour, Surfers Paradise, Southport offers a family haven on the fringe of a buzzing metropolis. From shopping and dining in the Australia Fair retail complex, to relaxation and tranquillity along the sandy shores of the Narang River, this spot serves up the very best of both worlds.
But what really makes Southport stand out from the crowd is its carefully planned family recreation areas. Set against impressive views of The Broadwater, this vibrant family zone oozes that traditional sea-side vibe, whilst still managing to maintain it's cool contemporary image.
Children of any age will enjoy the long stretch of state-of-the-art play equipment, (which includes a liberty swing, splash zone and peddle railway), whilst the well maintained walkways and cycle paths promise to entertain the young at heart.
The netted swimming zone and 'junior bike circuit' offer the assurance that safety is paramount at Southport beach, and it is this attention to detail that will keep the residents of Queensland coming back for generations to come.