Things to do in Southport

Our most recommended things to do in Southport

Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

1. Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Join this exclusive two-hour Gold Coast lunch cruise departing from a convenient point in the heart of the city and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with fresh local trawler prawns. The cruise route takes you through the extensive Surfers Paradise canal system and then out onto the Southport Broadwater to soak up some beautiful views of the coast's skyline. Sit back and enjoy your buffet lunch, sip on a drink from the fully-licensed bar onboard, and bask in the sunshine on the spacious deck while enjoying informative commentary on surrounding landmarks, including the opulent homes of the city’s rich and famous. You'll sail past a range of iconic regional locations such as Sea World Theme Park, Marina Mirage Shopping Centre, the glamorous Palazzo Versace Hotel and many more on a sightseeing experience that will satisfy your hunger and your curiosity alike.

Gold Coast Airport Arrival Shared Transfer

2. Gold Coast Airport Arrival Shared Transfer

With over 20 years of experience in providing reliable and friendly service, this shuttle service offers guaranteed door-to-door pick up and drop off for all customers. This is a cost-effective and efficient service, as well as the staff members’ extensive knowledge of the Gold Coast’s world-famous attractions and hidden gems that make it such a unique, family friendly place to visit. Your professional driver (wearing a blue top) meets you at a designated location outside of the arrivals area in Gold Coast Airport (OOL). Receive assistance with your luggage as you go to your air-conditioned shared vehicle, which boasts ample legroom and space for luggage storage. Travel to your Gold Coast accommodation in safety and comfort with this reliable and efficient transfer service. Relax and soak up the sights during your ride. Upon booking, you will receive a travel voucher to present to the driver. You can pre-book your return transfer too.

Surfers Paradise: Dinner Buffet Cruise

3. Surfers Paradise: Dinner Buffet Cruise

Board the Spirit of Elston and wind through the picturesque canals of the Gold Coast Broadwater while enjoying a classy and upmarket dining experience. Take in the views of glittering Surfers Paradise skyline by night while enjoying gourmet food prepared by top local chefs accompanied by casual entertainment. Complete the evening with a locally crafted beer or try one of our delicious cocktails. This dinner cruise is perfect for celebrating that special occasion or just enjoying a great night out. The buffet includes seafood such as fresh prawns and New Zealand mussels.

Spirit of Gold Coast 2.5-Hour Whale Watching Tour

4. Spirit of Gold Coast 2.5-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Come join this family-owned and operated business with over 20 years whale watching experience, committed to offering you the best customer service and memories to last a lifetime. With caring and knowledgeable crew who are focused on your comfort and safety as well as guaranteed whale sightings, you can travel with peace of mind. Within minutes of departure, Spirit of Gold Coast will have you up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they embark on their annual migration along the east coast of Australia. This amazing journey is a truly captivating experience, as right before your very eyes these 40-ton Humpback Whales breach, wave their pectoral fins and slap their tails. Join us for the journey of a lifetime - a memorable adventure to be shared with friends and family.

Gold Coast Segway Adventure Tour - 90 minutes

5. Gold Coast Segway Adventure Tour - 90 minutes

Cruise through the beautiful Broadwater Parklands, a hidden oasis which stretches three kilometres along the Gold Coast Broadwater. You'll first learn how to master the art of controlling one of these amazing machines during an in-depth training session. Once rider ready, you'll zoom up and down various pathways and terrain, passing by all the iconic sights within the parklands. Then it’s time to zoom over the Sunland bridge, stopping for some awesome photos with the Surfers Paradise skyline in the background and the beautiful Broadwater. Next stop the famous Main Beach where you'll cruise along the Ocean pathway grabbing some more photos this time of the magnificent Main Beach coastline what makes the Gold Coast so famous. This tour has it all with just the right mix of fun, excitement and adventure!

Queensland: Cruise Though the Gold Coast Broadwater

6. Queensland: Cruise Though the Gold Coast Broadwater

Hop aboard the Spirit of Gold Coast for a journey through the Broadwater. Enjoy the Gold Coast from a unique vantage point while learning fun facts about the area from your guide. During this 2.5-hour journey, you will cruise through The Spit and see various islands including South Stradbroke Island, Wavebreak Island, Ephraim Island, and Hope Island. Get a glimpse of how the rich and famous live cruising past their multi-million dollar homes and super yachts. Enjoy complimentary coffee and biscuits on board as you ride or bring a picnic lunch if you wish.

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What people are saying about Southport

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 163 reviews

The boat arrived on time and we were warmly greeted by the crew. Inside it was very clean. The seating in the dining area was allocated which is a great idea that should be advertised as it will stop the impatient passengers who 'have' to get on first. The bar was well stocked with a great variety, I liked the local craft beers. The buffet was plentiful, fresh and delicious. The upper deck had great seating options from chairs/tables to couches and love seats. The 360' view was fantastic. Overall the boat was very well maintained and even the toilets were spotless. I wasn't expecting much as the price was fantastic but the whole cruise exceeded my expectations and was one of the things I'm glad I did on the Gold Coast.

Excellent way to spend a couple of hours - a fantastic cruise checking out the waterside homes along with a beautiful buffet lunch including fresh king prawns! The friendly professional staff take care of everything. Highly recommended ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Excellent staff/crew, great food, easy relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Unbelievable views of the Gold Coast most people never get to see and appreciate.

Was a great night with great food. The top deck had two great “love seats” in each corner that made for a comfy scenic night with a few cocktails.

The food was awesome and the staff were amazing. A perfect way to celebrate our daughters 30th bday