High on the Tamborine Forest Skywalk.

Beyond the beach crowd

From the rainforest to theme-park thrills, a week on the Gold Coast entertains Daniel Scott and his children.

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All natural ... South Stradbroke Island, with Couran Cove Island Resort in the foreground.

Barefoot, by boat

From the clamour of the Gold Coast, Susan Johnson escapes to the splendid isolation of South Stradbroke Island.

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Southport (including Main Beach, The Spit, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Runaway Bay, Hollywell, Paradise Point, Boykambil, Coombabah, Sanctuary Cove, Coomera and Oxenford)
Centre of the Gold Coast's major tourist attractions.
Located 75 km south of Brisbane, Southport is a commercial and administrative centre at the northern end of the city of the Gold Coast. It is situated behind the waterway known as The Broadwater (at the mouth of the Nerang River) which is, in turn, sheltered from the ocean by a lengthy sandy promontory known as The Spit which extends almost to the southern tip of South Stradbroke Island. The small opening between The Spit and Stradbroke forms the opening of The Broadwater which boasts a superb marina, Sea World and the Sheraton Mirage Hotel.

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