Just six minutes from the great beach spot Surfers Paradise to the south, and right across the Nerang River from Main Beach, this is one of the best areas to stay if you're looking to spend most of your Gold Coast holiday on the beach. Great parks like Anzac and Washington Waters Park allow you to walk along the river while staring out at all the great boats on the water and swimmers across the way.
If it's the hustle and bustle of a big city atmosphere you're looking for, but while still in sight of the wonderful beaches, give Southport a try. With nearly 30,000 people, Southport is one of the largest communities on Australia's Gold Coast, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time. In fact, Southport is considered the prime entertainment spot on the Gold Coast, so whether you're a night owl or an early riser, Southport will have just the activities for you.