Located just north of Main Beach, The Spit, as the name implies, extends into the seaway and the landmass consists mostly of public parkland making it a popular location for fishing, boating and relaxing.
There are two parks, Doug Jennings Park at the northern end and Philip Park on the ocean side. The seaway along the Doug Jennings Park is popular for fishing, people fish off the rocks at the northern end, and at the southern end the rockwall ends and it returns to a sand shoreline.
Near the small cafe and convenience store there’s a walkway which leads down to the sand pumping jetty which is a pier that’s quite popular for fishing. There’s also a rockwall at the northern tip which you can take in the fresh ocean breeze and walk out a look back at Surfers Paradise and the beach.
There is also a 3.5 km walking track which leads through the natural bushland/rainforest adjacent to the beach, it’s really quite a pleasant stroll.
It’s also where the Sea world resort and theme park is located.
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 Miragehotel, 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.
Location: the spit, gold coast.