Southport is a suburb and growing central business district around the midpoint of the Gold Coast. Overlooking the dazzling Broadwater and Southport Spit, which divides the Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean it was originally named Nerang Creek Heads. Smith Street exit from the M1 motorway creates easy access for those wishing to travel to and from the state capital Brisbane. Experiencing extraordinary growth, Southport has become a thriving hub on the Gold Coast, with a town plan pushing construction and development to unseen heights in the area as the Gold Coast prepares to take on the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Southport has taken on major infrastructure reform with the opening of the new Light Rail, it will play host to the Games Village and also swimming events at the newly completed Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. Southport is home to the new world class Gold Coast University Hospital, one of Queensland's largest clinical teaching and research facilities and offers locals superior medical care by professionals at the top of their field. Serviced by the two private schools on the Coast, St Hilda’s for girls and The Southport School (TSS) for boys, Griffith University and numerous language schools for international students has made Southport a popular and sought after area. The total revitalization of CBD has seen some 6.8 million dollars poured into the planned “China Town” in Young and Davenport Streets. It will be a place for the Gold Coast to celebrate its diversity through culture, design, people and food. Chinatown will be an exciting mix of restaurants, festivals, indulgence and celebration. Broadwater Parklands, a 3 km stretch offers magnificent views of Surfers Paradise and a variety of recreational options including picnics, BBQ’s, swimming, events, and a diverse range of locations and facilities for hire.