Holiday Destination: Main Beach
Nestled between the sparkling blue waters of the Southport Broadwater and the magnificent Pacific Ocean, this unique village is only minutes north of the heart of Surfers Paradise.
With the sophisticated ambience and leafy streets you could be forgiven for thinking you’re strolling through Sydney’s Double Bay or Toorak in Melbourne.
Widely regarded as the most sought after location in Queensland, Main Beach allows you to simultaneously bask in a lifestyle of relaxed beachside living whilst being in the hub of high end shopping and dining.
From designer boutiques and speciality stores, to the tempting array of fabulous eateries, Main Beach's Tedder Avenue offers a chic yet relaxed atmosphere by day or night.
Strut yourself down here during the day in your favourite board-shorts and thongs and then start your evening in a pair of high heels with martini in hand while dining at some of the most high end Gold Coast hotels.
Things to do in Main Beach
Go below the surface to discover the fascinating adventure of Sea World as you’re exposed to sharks, dolphins, penguins and polar bears. Watch the marine shows, experience the rides and take the kids to the world’s first SpongeBob parade.
You can also purchase theme park passes to visit Sea World, Movie World and Wet n Wild while saving a heap off admission prices.
Many of the Whale Watching tours leave from Marina Mirage and take you to view the majestic whale migration each year. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of Migaloo, the rare white whale who passes by the Gold Coast on his annual migration.
Most cruises and water activity operators (like jet skis, jet boating, fishing and sailing) also depart from the Marina, taking you through the Gold Coast canals and Seaway.
With the exception of Sea World, Main Beach tends to shrug off the ‘touristy’ image of the Gold Coast. No "We Luv the Gold Coast" T-shirts or stuffed koala bears are sold here.
It is the elite end of the Gold Coast with an intoxicating atmosphere made for fine dining.
Dining & Nightlife
Settle back and watch the world go by from one of the many trendy wine bars and restaurants. Breakfast on a sunny sidewalk, relax over lunch in a shaded grove, languor under the fairy lit umbrellas for an elegant dinner for two or catch up with friends for coffee and cake at the famous Main Beach Bakery.
If you’re after dinner with a view at Marina Mirage then enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at Glass Dining And Lounge Bar, with surrounding windows displaying views of the boating harbour. There is a range of cultured dining with authentic European cuisine on offer and modern Italian restaurant Ristorante Fellini winning awards and popularity for a number of years now.
Tedder Avenue is home to some decadent dining amongst a modern chic atmosphere. For a taste of delicious modern Australian cooking visit Tedder & Woodroffe Lounge and Dining for some of the freshest produce accompanied with an extensive international wine list.
Gold Coast Gondolas offer diners an exclusively private experience. The luxury Gondolas take you on a smooth journey of the majestic canals while you relax on sheep skins and plush cushions, dine on fantastic food and enjoy the passing views.
Just over the bridge from Southport, Main Beach manages to keep itself separated from the wild partying of the nightclub strip, making for a more elegant night out.
Shopping options at Main Beach
Both Marina Mirage and Tedder Avenue are adorned with boutique shops offering flowers, jewellery, furniture and high end fashion. With shops and window fronts arranged as if pieces of art, Main Beach is a shopper’s haven from the crowds of the large shopping centres.
Just a short walk from both Versace and the Sheraton it’s no wonder that Marina Mirage is home to designer boutiques and some of the world’s top fashion labels. Boasting labels such as Holiday, Ridley… and Edwards Imports the Marina is shopping at its most elegant.
Lined with lush semi-tropical shade trees and lit with glittering night time fairy lights, Tedder Avenue is home to the quietly wealthy, the loudly rich, the famous and the infamous. Keeping to the chic lifestyle of Main Beach, Tedder offers trendy boutique shopping and award winning al fresco dining.
Browse the gift shops, cast yourself in exclusive Australian, New Zealand and European designer wear before pampering yourself at one of the leading beauty salons.
Book Main Beach Tours & Attractions
Enter the wonderful world of Sea World and be not only delighted by the magical animals which call this place home but also the thrilling rides and entertaining shows. Sea World is the only place in Australia where you can get up close and personal with a myriad of sea and land animals.
There are plenty of options when it comes to whale watching on the Gold Coast. With tours ranging from just a few hours to a whole day, in various sized vessels and in various sized groups, there is an tour for everyone! Departing from Main Beach daily from May to November!
Gold Coast Jet Boating Ride
The Gold Coast is the adventure capital of Australia and Jet boating is the new, must do activity for the whole family! Experience the ultimate dose of extreme adrenaline packed adventure on your jet boat ride (departing from Mariners Cove) including extreme 360 degree spins, awesome wake surfing, high speed drifting and incredible 'Beach Buzzing'.
Jet Boat Ocean Thrill Ride with Optional Helicopter Flight
Queensland’s only off shore ocean jet boating experience with magnificent sites of the Gold Coast from the outer ocean side. Departs from Marina Mirage, Main Beach and travels out through the Gold Coast seaway to the freeness and wildness of the beautiful clear blue ocean waters.
Sea World Helicopter Tours
Sea World Helicopters have a variety of tours ranging from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, taking in the sights of the Gold Coast from Sea World, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin Valley and the Tweed Coast. Custom charter flights can also be arranged. For an extra small fee, a DVD video of your flight can be purchased so you can take your experience home to relive again and again!
Gold Coast Scenic Flights
This sightseeing flight takes you to see the most spectacular coastal scenery, see the famous beach of Surfers Paradise, Moreton Bay and travel along the picturesque South Stradbroke Island. During June-November you may be lucky enough to spot pods of whales as they migrate along the humpback highway and dolphins regularly play alongside the seaplane as it takes off and lands on the water!
Take a look through the below map of Main Beach on the Australian Gold Coast showing every street, beach and property. This map shows the whole suburb, which is about 1km square.