Another isthmus – this time in one of the most popular locations for beach holidays – Queensland’s Gold Coast. And it’s at the business end!
I grew up knowing “The Spit” as the home of Seaworld – where we could go see the dolphins, orcas, seals and rollercoaster!
People have commented on the name, but ‘spits’ are common in Australia. It is a narrow landform, attached to the coast, often near a river mouth. Here it is the gateway from the ocean to Gold Coast Broadwater at Southport.
On our last visit to Main Beach, we ‘discovered’ you could escape into the wilds, only minutes from the skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise.
At five kilometres long, you can really get in a good walk, like we did. We were surprised so much was paved – very popular with cyclists, too. It’s so nice to have an option to walk behind the dunes in the shade, as well as beach walking. Best of all, compared to busier Main Beach and crowded Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach – it was quiet!
If you make it to the end – there is a new new Seaway Promenade. You can stroll out to the viewing platform at the end of the seawall and enjoy views south along the city’s coastline. To the north you can see the scenic beaches of South Stradbroke Island. An impressive four-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle pathway runs the full length of the Promenade.
What do do here:
- snorkel and dive – amongst giant groupers and giant trevally
- swim – with calmer waves on the Broadwater side – generally no lifeguard supervision outside of holidays
- dog friendly beaches with dog exercise areas
- picnic – lovely and some new parks and playgrounds along the way
- fish – with The Seaway voted best place to fish on the coast hauling in yellowtail, kingfish, whitehead and flathead
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