Australian Towns & Cities
Queensland: Southport
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

Southport forms part of the greater Gold Coast area, and is an the major business hub in the region. Originally known as Nerang Creek Heads, it was named Southport because it was the southernmost port of the colony of Queensland.

When proclaimed in the late 1800s, the area specialised in cutting timber, which then opened up the area for settlement. Early rural industries included sugar growing and livestock grazing. Southport later became famous for tourist attractions and accommodation and eventually became the central business district for the region.

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Scarborough Street:
Looking southeast on Scarborough St near Nerang St at Southport, March 2005. Significant changes have happened at this location since the construction of a tram line along Nerang St.

Image © Michael Greenslade

Scarborough Street:
Looking north from the Australia Fair pedestrian overpass along Scarborough St in Southport, March 2005. This view has changed extensively since the introduction of a tram line.

Image © Michael Greenslade

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Last updated: 24 Nov 2019 18:27

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