Destination: The Spit Gold Coast
The Spit is a 5km long, relatively undeveloped, sandy isthmus starting at Main Beach and finishing at the seaway where Broadwater meets the Pacific Ocean.
Just north of Main Beach, The Spit houses the Fisherman's Wharf, Marina Mirage, the Southport trawler fleet, Peter's Fish & Chips, Palazzo Versace and Sea World, as well as a large 3-4km open area with several dog exercise, picnic spots and places to put in your boat.
There is the Sand Bypass Jetty extending out into the Pacific Ocean, which is popular for fishing and only charges a small access fee, but aside from the upmarket Sheraton Mirage hotel, the eastern end of The Spit is mostly free of development.
The beach is a favourite for surfers as there are good breaks regardless of swell direction, with the conditions more dependent on the strength and direction of the wind. There are plenty of access points for surfers to find beach breaks with very few other surfers in the water.
The northern end is a pleasant spot for picnics, or just to relax and watch the waves on the shore. This end is a good place to get away from the crowds and the beach is dog friendly - read some guidelines about how to use dog exercise areas. Keep in mind there is usually no lifeguard supervision at The Spit outside of holiday season.
Federation Walk meanders along the sand dunes on the ocean side, stretching from Main Beach to the Seaway. It is an easy walk on crushed sandstone path that also attracts mountain bike riders and joggers.
Music festivals are sometimes held here, the most prominent of which being the dance music festival Summafieldayze.
More information on The Spit, Gold Coast
- An environmental history of the Spit by Dr Richard Whitlow (1Mb PDF format)
- Save our spit.com
- Council's history of The Spit (fascinating actually)