Cavill Avenue

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Cavill Avenue pedestrian mall
Pedestrian mall in 2017

Cavill Avenue is a street and a pedestrian mall in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is in the heart of the Surfers Paradise shopping and entertainment district. It was named in honour of the man credited as the founder of Surfers Paradise, James Cavill, known as Jim Cavill. [1]


In 1887, German immigrant Johann Meyer operated a ferry across the Nerang River. From Southport, travellers would follow the Meyer's Ferry Road (now Ferry Road) to a spit of land that created a narrow point in the river (28°00′04″S 153°25′29″E / 28.0011°S 153.4247°E / -28.0011; 153.4247 (Meyer's Ferry)) (the narrow spit is no longer in existence due to changes in the river and the creation of Chevron Island but is in the vicinity of the Gold Coast Arts Centre). From that point, Meyer's ferry would take the travellers across the river to Meyer's Ferry Road at Elston (as Surfers Paradise was then known) along which the travellers would walk to the surf beach. Businesses established along Meyer's Ferry Road at Elston which created the main street of Surfers Paradise now known as Cavill Avenue. Although the surf beaches of Elston were a popular destination, the lack of road access limited the extent of residential and commercial development.[2][3]

It was not until 1925, when the Jubilee Bridge was built across the Nerang River between Southport and Main Beach, that Surfers Paradise was opened up for tourism and associated development. [4] During the same period Jim Cavill built the Surfers Paradise Hotel on the south eastern corner of Ferry Road and the South Coast Road.

In 1945, in response to a letter from Mr. E Shersby to name streets after local pioneers, the Southport Town Council decided to rename the section of Ferry Road east of the Nerang River, and in front of the Surfers Paradise Hotel, in honour of Jim Cavill. [5] It was decided to name the section of Ferry Road west of the Nerang River after Johann Meyer. [6]


Between the Surfers Paradise Beach and Orchid Avenue, Cavill Avenue is a pedestrian mall. The Centro Surfers Paradise is a major shopping centre on pedestrian section of Cavill Avenue. The Circle on Cavill is the second shopping center on the street, located at the western end of the road, near the Gold Coast Highway.

Located near the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cavill Avenue is the G:link Cavill Avenue Station. The G:link is the Gold Coast's new light rail system connecting Broadbeach with Helensvale via Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Southport, Gold Coast University Hospital and Parkwood

The Soul is a 243 m tall skyscraper and the second tallest skyscraper on the Gold Coast behind Q1. The building is situated on the Esplanade just to the north of Cavill Avenue. At the river end of the street are the two towers of Circle on Cavill.


The mall is the centre of the annual Schoolies celebrations. According to crime statistics the mall is an alcohol fueled violence hotspot.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Death of man who named Surfers Paradise". Townsville Daily Bulletin. Vol. LXXII. Queensland, Australia. 7 March 1952. p. 2. Retrieved 11 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Surfers Paradise history". Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ "History: Understanding the Gold Coast". Cultural Precinct Gold Coast. Gold Coast City Council. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  4. ^ "SOUTHPORT JUBILEE". Queensland Times. Vol. LXVI, no. 12, 286. Queensland, Australia. 28 November 1925. p. 7 (DAILY.). Retrieved 11 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "TOWN COUNCIL MATTERS". South Coast Bulletin. No. 907. Queensland, Australia. 24 October 1945. p. 2. Retrieved 11 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "SURFERS' PARADISE". South Coast Bulletin. No. 911. Queensland, Australia. 28 November 1945. p. 1. Retrieved 11 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Lisa Cornish (12 January 2014). "Brisbane's Fortitude Valley heads the Queensland list of street violence hotspots". The Courier-Mail. News Ltd. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.

Coordinates: 28°00′07″S 153°25′47″E / 28.00199°S 153.42976°E / -28.00199; 153.42976