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Broadwater Parklands

The Gold Coast's world class Broadwater Parklands offers a range of diverse locations and facilities for hire, designed for everything from large events to small picnics.

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Broadwater Parklands

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

The health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast community, our customers and City employees is our first priority.

The City is receiving advice from the Federal Government and Queensland Health on a daily basis to inform our response to the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the city.

Parks remain open with visitors encouraged to take recommended health and social distancing precautions.

From Saturday 16 May the following City park services and facilities will resume:

  • all playgrounds, gym equipment and barbecues open
  • skate parks and outdoor basketball courts open
  • sports fields and parks are open for use by families, friends and members of the same household (up to 10 people) for outdoor non-contact activity. Fields and parks are not open for organised sporting activity such as training and matches.
  • park bookings are open for up to 10 people
  • Broadwater Parklands is open however the bouncy pillow and rockpool wet play will remain temporarily closed. Rotary chapel open for weddings up to 10 people and Southport Pier open
  • free tree scheme reopened.

Water fountains/bubblers: Based on advice from Queensland Health, these will remain turned on; however users should practice appropriate hygiene. The City will increase cleaning frequency.

Soap dispensers are available in some public amenities in our most popular parks.

Complaints about non–compliance with current social distancing regulations should be referred to Police link hotline 131 444.

For the latest update on City's response visit

Located on the Broadwater side of Marine Parade, Southport (opposite Australia Fair), the Gold Coast's world class Broadwater Parklands offers a range of diverse locations and facilities for hire, designed for everything from large scale events to small family gatherings.

There are plenty of shady spots for a picnic. You can also make use of the free barbecue facilities, and please note that dogs must be walked on a leash unless otherwise signed.

The centrally located Parklands not only offers magnificent views and wide open spaces for community events, but there are also a number of more intimate locations such as the Pier and the Rooftop, featuring the spectacular backdrop of the Surfers Paradise skyline.


Check out our image gallery to see more of what the Broadwater Parklands has to offer.

Pandanus Point
Broadwater Functions
Bouncy Pillows


Broadwater Parklands - Dining on the pier

Whether it's a concert, a corporate function, a wedding or just a family barbecue, Broadwater Parklands has the perfect location to suit your needs. Download our Broadwater Parklands fees and charges brochure.

Find the Broadwater Parklands booking forms below.

The park offers a wide variety of recreational options including picnics and barbecues, strolling on the rooftop terrace to take in the spectacular views of Surfers Paradise, fishing off the pier, swimming, and lunchtime sports on the Great Lawn.

Kids will love splashing around in the popular, fun-filled Rockpools – a great way to cool down on a summer day.

The southern reclamation area is now 2.8 hectares of useable open space – that's the equivalent of four touch football fields end to end. Located on Marine Parade, Southport, the three-kilometre stretch of parklands along the foreshore is an ideal destination for all to enjoy.

Find the Broadwater Parklands map below.


See our Southport CBD and Broadwater Parklands mobility map for the location of accessible toilets, change facilities, accessible car parking spaces, pathway gradients, location of kerb ramps and key buildings and services. Transport information for light rail stations, bus stops and bus routes is also featured.

The Parklands also has a special, Changing Places toilet, which includes an adjustable height change table, ceiling tracking hoist and shower. A Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) is required for access. For more information, see our Changing Places toilet - Broadwater Parklands page.


In response to the current health crisis and in the interests of community safety, the Rockpools are now closed until further notice.

Broadwater Parklands Event Facilities

This is an exciting, sculptural water playground. The water play area is designed with cool water fountains and vibrant marine-themed equipment. It includes a creek bed and several tidal rockpools for children to splash, dam and explore.

The Rockpools are manned by lifeguards during opening hours and are completely free. Current opening hours can be found in this month's scheduled events.

Bouncy pillow

In response to the current health crisis and in the interests of community safety, the Bouncy Pillow is now closed until further notice

Broadwater Parklands Event Facilities

The Bouncy pillow has the following opening hours:

1 December to 31 January: 7am to 7pm
1 February to 31 March: 7am to 6pm
1 April to 30 August: 7am to 5pm
1 September to 30 November: 7am to 6pm

Northern Pavilion

Broadwater Parklands - Northern Pavilion

This new community space offers sweeping Broadwater views and adds an all-weather option to the range of existing spaces available to hire at Broadwater Parklands.

The Northern Pavilion accommodates 60 to 70 people at a sit down dinner or 100-120 for a stand up function with 10 round tables and 60 white plastic chairs available to use as part of your booking.

Glass roller doors open on three sides to allow ocean breezes and views of the Broadwater.

Positioned beside the Rotary Broadwater Chapel, the Northern Pavilion offers a convenient venue for a wedding reception.

Northern Pavilion
Broadwater Parklands
Marine Parade
Southport (entry via North Street)

Dining options

Due to current government restrictions, please note the following changes:

The Fish Shak is now offering a takeaway service only, Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday).

Shak Expresso and Café Catalina  are now offering a takeaway service only, Monday to Sunday.

The Fish Shak and Shak Expresso

The Fish Shak eatery offers only the best locally caught fresh seafood, straight from the trawler to your plate. Dine in or grab some fish and chips for a picnic in the park.

Shak Expresso is an espresso and ice cream bar offering freshly-made barista coffee using a unique blend of Piazza Doro beans. Shak Espresso is open seven days a week.

Phone: 07 5532 0109

Café Catalina

Cafe Catalina is a full service restaurant here in Broadwater Parklands with the outdoor bar embracing its fantastic position on the Broadwater side of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Phone: 07 5571 0390



Free Wi-Fi

Free, super fast wi-fi is available at the Broadwater Parklands 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Surf Network offers speeds up to 30Mbps and great daily data usage limits of 4 gigabytes (upload and download).

Details are available on our Free wi-fi page.

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