The days may be getting cooler, but up here on the sunny Gold Coast, that’s no excuse not to have some fun in the sun. We’ve put together a list of our five favourite things to do if you’re looking for some exciting activities nearby your accommodation in Southport, QLD.
The Seaway Dive Site
Nestled at the mouth of Southport’s Nerang River, The Seaway is recognised as Queensland’s most popular diving site. With depths of up to 15 metres, the site boasts several diving areas, the most popular of which are the Short Pipe and the Sand Pipe. What’s more, the colder waters in winter actually make the sea life more visible, so you get to enjoy stunning views of stingrays, moray eels, seahorses, turtles, pineapplefish, wobbegongs, dragonets and much more!
If you’re looking for some retail therapy, a trip to The Brickworks Centre should be right up your alley. Unlike the (also popular) Australia Fair Shopping Centre, the Brickworks is bright and airy thanks to its many open-air storefronts. Furthermore, the famous Ferry Road Market offers all the best and freshest fruit, vegetable and flowers to pique your fancy.
Produce by the Pier
Taking place every second and fourth Saturday of the month, Produce by the Pier is a popular weekend market that (according to their website), “champions sustainability and features fresh, high-quality local produce”. The market operates from 8:00am to 2:00pm – rain, hail or shine – and features a wealth of fresh produce supplied by local farmers and food producers. Not looking for fruit or veggies? Make sure you check out the range of gastronomic delights including honey, fine wine, and aromatic coffee beans.
Located in the Broadwater Parklands, the Rockpools Water Playground is guaranteed fun in the sun for kids of all ages. Parents will love the fact that the Rockpools are free to use and also have lifeguards on duty, however kids will absolutely adore splashing through the many water statues and jets that litter the area. The southern end of the park features a bike racing track, pedal trains and massive jumping pillow, while the northern end sports a massive climbing gym for older kids. What’s more, parents can sit back and relax at one of the many seating areas under the bright yellow umbrellas.
No trip to the Gold Coast would be complete without a visit to the famous Sea World, Australia’s premier marine animal park. Based on Main Beach, Sea World is a wonderland filled with exciting exhibits, educational shows, fun rides and, of course, amazing animals. Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a shark? Experience an intimate shark feeding session with the impressive Dusky whaler shark and Bull whaler shark. Want to tire out the little ones? Head over to Nickelodeon Land which features themed rides from Dora the Explorer, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more! If you’re after something a little more relaxing, wander through the park and take a peek at the polar bears, penguins and seals that call Sea World home.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there’s no reason to enjoy some fun in the sun. Reserve your room at Meriton Suites Southport today for the ideal holiday accommodation for your winter getaway.