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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Southport is 33,143, with a population density of 23.20 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Southport is bounded by Musgrave Avenue and Loders Creek in the north, The Broadwater and the Nerang River in the east, Slatyer Avenue, Wardoo Street and Southport-Nerang Road in the south, and Olsen Avenue in the west.

Name origin

Southport is thought to be named for its location as the southern-most port of the Queensland Colony, or after an English seaside resort. It was originally known as Nerang Creek Heads.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the construction of the railway line from Brisbane and tourism, with the area becoming the main commercial centre of the City. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly from the 1970s. The population continued to gradually increase from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing.

Land use

Southport is a residential and commercial area, with small areas of industrial land use and many parklands.

Major features

Major features of the area include Australia Fair Shopping Centre, Southport Park Shopping Centre, TAFE Queensland (Southport Campus), Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus), Queensland Academy for Health Sciences, Gold Coast University Hospital, Allamanda Private Hospital, Pacific Private Day Hospital, Southport Golf Club, Gold Coast Athletics Centre, Gold Coast Rugby Union Club, Southport Football Club, Southport Leagues Club, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, The Broadwater, Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Broadwater Parklands, Apex Park, Arthur Angrove Park, Baden Powell Park, Carey Park, Dr Rudi Levy Park, Eleanor Perkins Park, G R Thompson Park, Harry Bond Park, Henry Wakefield Park, Jack Cronin Rotary Park, James Overell Park, Keebra Park, Lawlor Park, Lilli Pilli Park, Matron and Sister Higman Park, Melrose Park, Mitchell Park, Musgrave Park, Owen Park, Queens Park, Ron Short Park, Sungold Parklands, Ulrick Family Park, Wally Fankhauser Sports Park, Ward Park, Washington Waters Park, Woodroffe Park and numerous schools.