Southport State High School

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Principal's Welcome

Three reasons to choose Southport State High School

  1. Exceptional facilities and location, within ​5 kilometres of Chinatown precinct, Broadwater Parklands, Australia Fair shopping and business precinct, The Spit surf beach and other world-class surf breaks
  2. Selective entry, commitment to excellence in academic, creative arts, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) and sports excellence programs
  3. Partnership and direct entry programs with Griffith University (GU), Bond University and Technical and Further Education (TAFE)​

School Information

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Southport State High School is located in the heart of the Gold Coast.

Our school is known as a gateway to higher education, with direct links to Griffith University, Bond University, TAFE Gold Coast and several language schools.

We are in close proximity to Gold Coast’s Chinatown precinct, Broadwater Parklands, and some of the best surfing beaches in the world, such as The Spit surf beach.

Our curriculum is rich in digital learning experiences to prepare you for our ever-changing world.

We are proud of our supportive and caring community that offers you outstanding academic, sporting and cultural opportunities.

Contact details


Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

  • Griffith University partnership
  • Bond University partnership and Student for a Semester
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast partnership and direct entry program
  • Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University partnership (music)

School facilities

  • Specialist science labs and lecture theatre
  • Specialist junior secondary facility
  • Tennis courts with an in-house tennis professional and access to private coaching
  • Industrial kitchen facility
  • Performing arts theatre
  • Dance studio
  • Centre for Music Excellence
  • Apple Mac editing facilities

Extracurricular activities

  • Innovative leadership program
  • Instrumental music opportunities
  • School musical
  • Dance troupes
  • Interstate and overseas travel opportunities
  • Various sporting opportunities, including netball, basketball and touch football

Holiday adventure programs

EQI holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for international students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian outback adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school and additional fees apply. Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.


  • ​Mandarin (Years7-9)

Special programs

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Sports Excellence Program
  • Australian rules football, touch football, netball and basketball (Years 7–12)
  • Academic Excellence (Years 7–10)
  • Instrumental Music Excellence
  • Creative Arts Academy of Excellence program
  • Vocational Education and Training opportunities
  • Aquatic practices


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

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Last updated 28 April 2022