The Southport Spit (referred to by locals as The Spit) is located north of Main Beach and stretches all the way up to the Gold Coast Seaway. The Spit is a permanent sand structure that separates the Gold Coast Broadwater from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
While most of the beach along The Spit is often uncrowded, the northern end includes an off-leash dog area which is a popular place for many dog owners. Also at the northern end of The Spit is the Gold Coast sand pumping jetty which forms part of the Gold Coast Seaway’s Sand Bypassing System.
There are three main surfing spots at The Spit – the south side of the jetty, the north side of the jetty and just off the southern Seaway wall. Each of these surf spots are directly created by the engineering intervention with local coastal processes. The beach breaks to the central and southern end of The Spit can often provide an uncrowded line-up.
The Spit is also home to Sea World, Sea World Resort, the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa, Palazzo Versace, Marina Mirage and Doug Jennings Park.