Located just north of Main Beach, The Spit, as the name implies, extends into the seaway and the landmass consists mostly of public parkland making it a popular location for fishing, boating and relaxing.
There are two parks, Doug Jennings Park at the northern end and Philip Park on the ocean side. The seaway along the Doug Jennings Park is popular for fishing, people fish off the rocks at the northern end, and at the southern end the rock wall ends and it returns to a sandy shoreline.
Near the small cafe and convenience store, there’s a walkway which leads down to the sand pumping jetty which is a pier that’s quite popular for fishing. There’s also a rock wall at the northern tip which you can take in the fresh ocean breeze and walk out a look back at Surfers Paradise and the beach.
It’s also a lovely spot to catch a sunset.
There is a 3.5 km walking track on the coastal side which leads through the natural bushland and remnants of a littoral rainforest adjacent to the beach, it’s really quite a pleasant stroll. Detailed info and trail map at http://federationwalk.org.
The popular Seaworld Resort and theme park is located halfway along the Spite on the Broadwater side. It’s also where you’ll find several uniques shops and fine dining at Marina Mirage, the luxury Palazzo Versace, the Sheraton Mirage, and all the activities at Mariners Cove.
The Spit redevelopment and master plan
The Queensland Government has released a master plan for the development of The Spit which features seven precincts and ‘Village Centre’ based around the existing developments of Mariners Cove, Marina Mirage, and Sea World Resort. Highlights include
- Cruise Ship Terminal option
- Light Rail Extension
- Ferry services
- Superyacht berth
- A tower at the top of the Spit as a viewing platform and landmark
- A plaza at the top of the Spit
- Enhancement of Federation Walk
- A Centre for Coastal Resilience
- Improved boating facilities at Muriel Henchman Park
- A Village Centre featuring retail, commercial and tourist activities. This includes shops,
food and beverage outlets, markets, tourist facilities, theme park activities, cultural facilities, and related accommodation and office functions.
View the master plan [PDF] dsdmip.qld.gov.au..
For nearby holiday accommodation also see the listings under Hotels in Main Beach