Main Beach Property Market

Main Beach property market Qld 4217

Main Beach Suburb Profile

Are you considering buying a property in Main Beach, Queensland?  With its stunning beachfront location and vibrant community, the Main Beach suburb profile makes it a highly sought-after suburb that offers a fantastic lifestyle.

However, navigating the Main Beach property market can be challenging, especially if you’re new to the area. That’s where Savvy Fox comes in! As a trusted buyers agent, our team has extensive knowledge and experience in the Main Beach property market. Let us help you make informed decisions on your journey to securing the best property for you and take the stress and worry out of the process for you!

Main Beach Property Market

Main Beach Overview

Originally Main Beach was known as Southport East. It was officially renamed Main Beach in 1967, so named because it was the main surf beach for the town of Southport. It was after some heavy duty reclamation of land around the mouth of the Nerang River in the 1950s, followed by the construction of the Sundale Bridge in the 1960s to access the narrow strip of the sand strip, and the subsequent land division projects, that a decision was made to establish a separate suburb of Main Beach.

These days, Main Beach is a bustling community of people who enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle, a great selection of outdoor activities, fine dining, and centrality to everything else the Gold Coast has to offer.

Lifestyle In Main Beach

Main Beach Property Market

There’s so much to love about the Gold Coast and the choice of place to live is not an easy one. Main Beach however offers a unique lifestyle with several distinguishing factors for you to consider.

In a nutshell, Main Beach is well known for its luxurious lifestyle, fine dining restaurants and exclusive shopping destinations.

From casual dining at Mano’s Bar & Grill to a fine dining degustation menu at Vanitas (Palazzo Versace Hotel), you’ll find something delicious to satisfy your appetite.

The Marina Mirage is an absolute must to while away a few hours in the sun, sipping on a cocktail, indulging in some serious retail therapy, or just feasting your eyes on the jaw dropping wealth that floats upon the waters of this exclusive marina.

Tedder Avenue is the beating heart of Main Beach – with its lively but relaxed atmosphere, this is where it all happens. From toe tapping live music, engaging street performers, boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, and galleries you can spend an entire day on Tedder and not get bored. And … it’s just a short stroll to the beach or the Broadwater. The beauty of Tedder Avenue (apart from it’s beautiful, shady trees) is that most of the establishments here are locally owned which makes for a true community.

Main Beach has a strong surf culture and is home to one of the oldest surf clubs in Australia. It has hosted the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships multiple times and is a popular spot for surfers of all skill levels. The heritage-listed Main Beach Pavilion, built in 1934, was once, and still is, a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. The Southport Yacht Club, located in Main Beach has been in operation since 1946.

Main Beach Property Market

Just a stone’s throw from the heart of Main Beach are several famous landmarks. Sea World with it’s world-renowned marine centre and theme park attractions lives here. There would be very few people, either living on or visiting the Gold Coast, who have not visited Sea World on at least one occasion. You can also enjoy a short flight over the Gold Coast on one of the Sea World Helicopters and get a bird’s eye view of Gold Coast, or hop aboard one of the boats that venture out to the ocean for a spot of fishing or whale watching. Not keen on the rocking of the ocean waves? Why not take a boat tour of the Gold Coast waterways and enjoy the sunset as you sail past some of the most magnificent homes on the Gold Coast.

The natural surroundings of Main Beach, especially The Spit and its surrounds, make Main Beach a unique habitat for wildlife on this narrow, sandy isthmus. Take Federation Walk through the sand dunes and out along the groin beside the sand-pumping jetty and you’ll catch the fishermen on their way in or out of the mouth of the Nerang River, watch the surfers, or if you’re early enough, catch the rising sun.

Overall, Main Beach is a great place to live – it’s secluded from the boisterous Surfers Paradise and Southport, but only a stone’s throw from some of the most iconic destinations on the Gold Coast.

Geolocation Factors

This quick overview of the geolocation factors of Main Beach will help you determine whether it’s the right place for you.

Main Beach is situated on a narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Broadwater to the west.

The suburb is 3km south of Surfers Paradise (thought of as the capital of the Gold Coast) and close to Southport on its immediate left. As mentioned above, Main Beach was originally Southport East but was renamed in 1967. It is 67km from the Brisbane CBD.

Having a subtropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year and high humidity in the summer months, It is a popular destination for beach goers and water sports enthusiasts. In fact, The Spit, which forms part of Main Beach, is considered the best fishing spot on the Gold Coast! Definitely no need to wonder – every type of marine craft imaginable is available here for any type of marine activity.

Main Beach is close to several major transport hubs, including the Gold Coast Airport (Bilinga); the Pacific Motorway (M1) making easy access to Brisbane and Brisbane and the Brisbane Airport; the Gold Coast Highway, which hugs the coast; and the Light Rail (which runs from Helensvale to Broadbeach). Buses are also well connected, covering the entire Gold Coast.

Within this small suburb, theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are easily accessible, some only walking distance away.

Main Beach 4217 – *Real Estate Statistics

Main Beach Real Estate

Before purchasing a home in Main Beach, it’s important to consider the Main Beach property market statistics.

Most homes in Main Beach are apartments (92%) with only 7.4% of dwellings being separate houses.

The following statistcs are from the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 Census and Property Values.


Insufficient data for houses. There were only two houses sold in the past 12 months.

Units/ Apartments

  • The median sale price for a unit in Main Beach is $1.3m.
  • The median price change (1 year) in Main Beach is 15.56%
  • The median weekly rent for a unit is Main Beach is $800pw.
  • The median gross yield in Main Beach is 3.2%.

*Data Disclaimer: At Savvy Fox we update the data found on these posts regularly, however we understand the real estate industry is dynamic.  Therefore, it’s subject to change. Use these figures as a general guide only. We will happily discuss the latest changes to the local property market on your FREE 30-minute strategy call.

Demographics Of The Area

The suburb of Main Beach is approximately 3.1km2, with 17 parks covering approximately 39.5% of the area.

The population of Main Beach as at the 2021 census was 3,998 compared with 3,864 in 2016 – a growth of just under 5%. In terms of cultural diversity, the majority of residents were born in Australia, followed by England, New Zealand and South Africa.

The predominant age group is 60–69 years, primarily couples with no children.  Generally, residents have a professional occupation or are retired.

As at the 2021 census approximately 67% of homes are owned outright (46.4%) or with a mortgage (20.2%) with 31% of homes rented. The average mortgage repayment is between $1,800–$2,399pm. It is noted above that Main Beach is predominantly units/apartments.

Overall, Main Beach is a wealthy and predominantly English-speaking suburb with a high proportion of apartment dwellings.

Weather In Main Beach

Main Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with warm summers and mild winters. The summer months (December-February) are the hottest, with average temperatures ranging from 20-28°C (68-82°F), while the winter months (June-August) are the coolest, with average temperatures ranging from 10-21°C (50-70°F). Overall, Main Beach has a relatively mild climate with plenty of sunshine throughout the year.

Schools In Main Beach

There are no schools located within the suburb of Main Beach itself, but there are several educational institutions located nearby that cater to students of all ages.

These include:

Southport State School – This is a co-educational public primary school located in nearby Southport, which is about 3km from Main Beach.

St. Hilda’s School – This is an Anglican day and boarding school for girls, located in nearby Southport, which is about 3km from Main Beach.

The Southport School – This is an Anglican day and boarding school for boys, located in nearby Southport, which is about 3km from Main Beach.

Keebra Park State High School – This is a co-educational public high school located in nearby Southport, which is about 4km from Main Beach.

Griffith University – This is a public research university located in nearby Southport, which is about 5km from Main Beach. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines.

Bond University – This is a private university located in nearby Robina, which is about 15km from Main Beach. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines.

For a more detailed range of schools in neighbouring suburbs, see our articles of interest ‘Best Primary Schools On The Gold Coast’ and ‘Best High Schools On The Gold Coast

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Buyer's Advocate In Main Beach

Main Beach is a small coastal town with a unique community. Main Beach in a word – STUNNING!

The lifestyle is high-class and locals get to enjoy and live in the some of the most luxurious real estate on the Gold Coast (or Australia for that matter). With this comprehensive property market overview, you can make smart decisions about your home investments. 

If you’re ready to settle down in Main Beach, contact Savvy Fox today. With over two decades of buyers and property experience, we’ve got the know-how to find you the best home and the best deal.

About the author of this post...

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Jacqueline Dwyer
Jacqueline is a respected and award-winning Real Estate Buyers Agent, Registered Property Valuer and Auctioneer. She heads up Savvy Fox property group a team of property professionals who work exclusively for you, the buyer.

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