Broadwater Parklands

Broadwater Parklands is a massive green space and leisure area located on the Broadwater at Southport. It’s free to visit and explore the park and there is also free wifi available, along with BBQ’s, and lots of trails to explore. It is also home to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre which offers swimming, diving, and fitness classes with entry starting from under $7 for adults.

The Broadwater Parklands is often home to major events like the annual Gold Coast Show.


Features and facilities at the park

  • Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
  • Café Catalina
  • Fish Shak Restaurant
  • Rockpools – free water play area
  • Bouncy Pillow
  • Swimming lagoon
  • Anzac Park and Cenotaph
  • BBQ’s – there are numerous BBQ and picnic areas
  • Southport Pier
  • Boat ramp
  • Pontoon
  • Playgrounds
  • Chapel
  • Bait and dive shop
  • Southport Bathing Pavilion
  • Mangrove Wetland
  • Environmental Education Trail and Education Pavilion
  • Beach volleyball court
  • Roof Top Lookout

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 Getting there

You can reach the park quite easily via the G:Link to the Broadwater Parklands station which is at the southern end of the park or take the 700 bus to Broadwater Parklands bus station.  You can plan a journey on the public transport network easily with this Journey Planner

Broadwater Parklands Map

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Broadwater Parklands Location Map

Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215, Australia

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The Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia underwent a major redevelopment that was completed in 2016

– The redevelopment began in 2013 and took around 3 years to complete at a total cost of $33.7 million.

– It involved revamping the 28-hectare parklands area along the Nerang River in Southport.

– Major upgrades included a new events plaza, children’s playground, rockpool and water play areas, BBQ facilities, walking/cycling paths, fitness stations, and extensive landscaping.

– The redevelopment aimed to transform the parklands into a world-class recreational space and events venue for residents and visitors.

– Funding for the $33.7 million project came from all three levels of government – federal ($10 million), state ($10.4 million) and the City of Gold Coast ($13.3 million).

– It was one of the largest public space upgrade projects undertaken on the Gold Coast and celebrated the region’s 60th anniversary in 2019.