Another explorer, Captain Matthew Flinders sailed by in 1802. Still, the region was uninhabited by Europeans until 1823 when explorer John Oxley landed on Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast.
The areas red cedar supply caused large numbers of people to the area to move there in the mid 1800s. Later, Southport was surveyed and established as a secluded holiday destination for the upper class Brisbane residents.
Tourism grew rapidly in 1925 when Jim Cavill established the Surfers Paradise Hotel which later became a shopping mall and resort apartment complex.