Southport is designated as a Principal Regional Activity Centre within South East Queensland. Click on the links to the left for more information.
Priority Development Area
City of Gold Coast has commenced preparations for a priority development area (PDA) declaration under the Queensland Governments Economic Development Act 2012. The purpose of the PDA is to remove barriers and provide developer confidence to position Southport as the Central Business District of the Gold Coast and facilitate economic development. City of Gold Coast has established a dedicated sub-committee chaired by Councillor Dawn Crichlow to progress this outcome with State Government.
Gold Coast Chinatown
Southport is vibrant and culturally diverse and Chinatown will be the place where the Gold Coast community can celebrate the best of Asian culture and design. Located in the centre of the Southport CBD on Young and Davenport Streets, the Gold Coast Chinatown is adjacent to one of the busiest light rail stations, Australia Fair Shopping Centre and the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.
Visit our Chinatown page for more information.
The construction of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit system is a major development for Southport. Once complete, Stage One of the project will connect Southport to other key areas of the city, including Griffith University, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Click here to view an animation of the light rail system running through Southport.