Main Beach, located just north of Surfers Paradise, is a popular location with visitors and locals alike. Along Tedder Avenue, you will find a variety of shops and a street packed with dining and nightlife options.
Head along Sea World Drive and on your left you’ll see there is Mariners Cove Marina featuring waterfront restaurants, marine & boat sales and a vast array of activities including helicopter tours, jet ski hire, boat hire, fishing charters, and cruises.
Right beside Mariners Cove is Marina Mirage, a modern two-level shopping mall with an al-fresco feel, features an array of up-market fashion and accessory stores, fine and casual dining, gifts and homewares, beauty and salon services.
Just past Sea World Resort and it becomes and the area known as The Spit which includes Doug Jennings Park. The area provides spaces for relaxing, walking tracks such as Federation Walk, fishing and beautiful views out to the Seaway and Wavebreak Island. There are also scuba diving sites in the waters here.
Most importantly, let’s not forget the main attraction of the area, the beach. Actually, it’s a really nice stretch of beach that is far less crowded than Surfers Paradise. It’s about 2km long stretching from Narrow Neck at the northern edge of Surfers Paradise through to The Spit in the north and it’s very popular with windsurfers.
On the beachfront here at the northern end of MacArthur Parade, you’ll find The historic Main Beach Pavillion and the Southport Surf Life Saving Club which offers bar, gaming, and bistro meals.
For safe swimming, always swim between the flags and to check when lifeguards are in operation by visiting the Beach Safe website here: https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/qld/gold-coast/main-beach/southport.
Things to do in Main Beach
- Take a tour, boat cruise or adventure ride from Mariners Cove Marina
- Enjoy a night of waterfront dining at Marina Mirage
- Explore the undeveloped native coastal areas and walking tracks of the Spit
Restaurants and Dining in Main Beach
For dining in the Main Beach, there really are too many options with the key areas being Tedder Avenue, Mariners Cove Marina, and Marina Mirage.
The Top Restaurants in Main Beach
Glass Dining and Lounge Bar – waterfront dining – Marina Mirage 74 Sea World Dr
Terraces Restaurant – popular seafood buffet – 71 Sea World Dr, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
Domani’s – Italian/modern Australian – U 4 18 Tedder Ave, Main Beach
Fellini Ristorante e Bar – Fine Italian dining in an amazing location overlooking the marina and Broadwater – Marina Mirage 74 Sea World Dr
Shuck – Seafood – a popular spot for social drinks, people watching and casual fine dining – 20 Tedder Ave, Main Beach
Vanitas – Italian cuisine, award-winning fine dining – 94 Sea World Dr, Palazzo Versace
The best coffee in Main Beach
- Local & Co – 20-22 Tedder Ave – The popular cafe offers healthy, organic, paleo & gluten-free options for breakfast and lunch plus coffee and wine
- Julius Meinl – specialty coffee stand at Marina Mirage
The top places to stay in Main Beach
If you are looking for luxury, then you are in the right place, Main Beach has it in spades.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast features a pool, pool bar, kids pool, gym, onsite restaurants, a health spa and direct beach access.
The Palazzo Versace has an Aurora Spa Retreat, a 24-hour fitness and wellbeing centre, a private marina, a Versace Boutique, swimming pools, spa pool, award-winning restaurants, bars.
Sea World Resort offers a very family freindly resort with amenaties such as swimming pool, water slide, hot tub, sauna, gym, spa, childrens playground, a buffet restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, and a cafe.
The area is serviced by the G:Link light rail and public buses with the main stops being
- G:Link Main Beach station near the intersection of Tedder Ave on the Gold Coast Hwy
- Main Beach bus station near the intersection of Tedder Ave on the Gold Coast Hwy
- Tedder Avenue near Cronin Ave bus station
- Tedder Avenue near Hughes Ave bus station
- Main Beach Pde near Stafford St bus station
- Main Beach Pde at Main Beach Tourist Park bus station
- Seaworld Dr at Southport Yacht Club bus station
- Seaworld Dr at Mariners Cove bus station
- Sea World bus station
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