11 reasons locals love Southport

Randy Wallhole
To put it bluntly, you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a Randy Wallhole bagel. There are eight flavours to choose from which means you can eat one every day of the week (and two on Sundays). Go for the Pulled Bas first up, it’s got Smokey BBQ pulled beef, peri mayo and apple slaw. Wash it down with some of the best coffee on the Coast and be on your merry way.
Where: 4/21 Nind Street, Southport 

Not Tonight
But yes, tonight. It’s Southport’s epic little boutique craft beer bar with the dark divey vibes we Gold Coasters have come to know and love. Head in on a Wednesday for trivia with the crew or sway from side to side to live music from Friday to Sunday. The crew is friendly, the drinks list is long and there’s a GLink station right out the front so no one has to drive. Best.
Where: 50b Nerang Street, Southport 

Broadwater Parklands
Whether you’re four or 40, theres tons of fun to be had at Broadwater Parklands. For starters, you can sit and stare out at the yachts you’ll never set foot on. Then, there’s the bouncy pillow (maybe don’t go on there without a child), a kiddies train, a water playground and weekly events from theatre shows to foodie markets. See, fun.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport

Café Catalina
Right on the waters edge, Café Catalina is a pooch lovers paradise serving up the tastiest of modern Aussie eats. On a Sunday, kick back on a beanbag with a cocktail in hand and listen to some live local tunes while gazing lovingly at the setting sun. Or at your date, whatever. Chow down on the Spaghettini with grilled local prawns, chilli, garlic, capers and lemon, too good.
Where: 10/11 Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast Hwy, Southport

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Southport’s new centre of swimming is something for all of us to be proud of. It’s as pretty as a collection of swimming pools can be and, as the home of all the Commonwealth Games water activities, it’s world class. The architecture is sleek and there’s a training room featuring pits filled with foam for the divers to practice in. You aren’t allowed in there, but that’s a fun thing to know right?
Where: Marine Pde, Southport 

Brickworks Centre
Where to start. There are SO many excellent places to peruse at the Brickworks starting with Ferry Rd Market where you can nab yourself everything from beautiful flowers to the freshest breads and seafood and fruit and veggies galore. God it’s good. Within the Centre, there’s also stunning homewares, fashion and design stores and health and beauty services. Oh, there’s also some cool events coming up so check ‘em out.

Soul Centre Yoga & Pilates Studio
Sounds soothing doesn’t it? Wait until you’ve actually taken a class there. Run by one of the most-loved yoga teachers on the Coast, Laura Humphreys, Soul Centre has a huge range of classes from beginners yoga to barre (eek). The team also run some interesting events and workshops including one called 50 Shades of Yoga, which we’ll leave to your imagination.
Where: The Brickworks, Ferry Rd, Southport

JFX Central
Oh hey most delicious Japanese food at very reasonable prices. A Coast-wide fave, JFX has been dishing up the goods for quite awhile now. From sashimi and salads to Wagyu beef tasting plates and truly great gyoza, they really do cover all then bases and the some. The Stone Pot Rice Bowls come highly recommended or, if you’re particularly peckish, go the BBQ Buffet. All the good things.
Where: B5/56 Scarborough St, Southport

Boomerang Art
Filled with absolutely beautiful Aboriginal fine art, the intricacy of the pieces at Boomerang Art is mind-blowing. The artists are from a community called Utopia, 300 km north of Alice Springs who rely on commercial galleries for support. Local couple Werner and Elena Obermeier opened the gallery in 1996 and have since created close relationships with the people of Utopia. We guarantee you’ll be mesmerised from the moment you set foot inside.
Where: 21 Margaret St, Southport

Escape Hunt
Imagine being wrongly accused of murder, chained to a wall and having to rely on your friends’ detective skills to free you. Who you gonna call? Welcome to Escape Hunt, Southport’s brain bending game guaranteed to test your problem solving skills like they’ve never been tested before. There’s a few scenarios you might be faced with, all of which involve solving a mystery with a set of intricate clues. It’s the most fun you can have inside a locked room. Make sure to take your smart friends.
Where: 2/162 Scarborough Street, Southport.

Blendlove
The delightful folk at Blendlove believe nothing is worth eating, if it hasn’t been created with love and let it be known that everything they create there, is worth eating. Co-founders Ricki-Lee and Sharlene pride themselves on serving the tastiest, freshest and healthiest plant-based food on the Gold Coast. Everything in their space is made fresh daily without the use of refined sugars, artificial colours or preservatives. One of the very best.
Where: 253 Ferry Rd, Southport

Words by Kirra Smith