Southport - Beach in Main Beach Gold Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Southport QLD

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Immediately south of Narrow Neck is the 2 km long Southport (Main Beach) section (1591B). The Southport Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1919, the Southport Nippers Club and a dressing shed lie just off the beginning of The Esplanade. They are fronted by a large car park, a fenced... Read more

Immediately south of Narrow Neck is the 2 km long Southport (Main Beach) section (1591B). The Southport Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1919, the Southport Nippers Club and a dressing shed lie just off the beginning of The Esplanade. They are fronted by a large car park, a fenced foredune reserve and the beach. The beach, like the entire system, has a rip dominated inner bar and outer bar.

Swimming

The eight surf lifesaving clubs and 16 lifeguard towers attest to the potential hazards along this long beach. Rips are present whenever waves are breaking and deep rip channels may run out from the shoreline. Swim only in patrolled areas and avoid the rip holes and outer trough. Stay close inshore and on the attached portion of the bar.

Surfing

Beach breaks extend the full length of the beach. Conditions are best on the outer bar, with a moderate swell and offshore winds. The Nerang entrance wall can produce some better quality bars and breaks. There are plans for Queensland's first surfing reef on the beach at Narrow Neck.

Fishing

Beach fishing is a very popular pastime along the length of the beach, with conditions best when there are rips across the inner bar. The Nerang jetty and entrance wall are very popular spots to fish the channel or surf.

General

This is undoubtedly Australia's most heavily developed and utilised beach. It offers a huge range of accommodation, attractions and facilities, together with the surf lifesaving clubs and lifeguard towers, as well as 16 km of beautiful beach and surf. However the surf is hazardous, so be careful as to when and where you swim.

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Tower 40 - Main Beach Southport Lifeguards

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Tower 39 - Breaker Street Lifeguards

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Tower 38 - North Narrowneck Lifeguards

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Tower 37 - South Narrowneck Lifeguards

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Information

About

Main Beach, QLD 4217

Includes beaches:
The Spit-miami, The Spit, Surfers Paradise, Northcliffe, Broadbeach, Kurrawa, Mermaid Beach, Nobby's Beach, Miami Beach

Length:
0km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld1591B

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • High surf
    High surf
  • Large unexpected waves
    Large unexpected waves
  • Heavy shorebreak
    Heavy shorebreak
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Littoral currents
    Littoral currents
  • Fixed rips
    Fixed rips
  • Flash rips
    Flash rips
  • Travelling rips
    Travelling rips
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Shallow Water
    Shallow Water
  • Shallow Sandbars
    Shallow Sandbars
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Beach erosion
    Beach erosion
  • Beach exposure
    Beach exposure
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Caravan park
  • Bike path
  • Lookout
  • Natural shade
  • Artificial shade
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus
  • Seawall

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering
  • Picking Plants Prohibited
  • No Naked Flames
  • Camping Prohibited
  • No Removing Shellfish
  • Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
  • Shared Footway
  • Fires Prohibited
  • No Alcohol
  • No Horses
  • No Trailbikes

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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