Chinese New Year Festival

Chinatown is set to come alive with colour, cuisine and cultural entertainment 21 February 2015.

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Gold Coast Chinatown

Chinese Lanterns

The $6.8 million Chinatown precinct is an integral part of the revitalisation of Southport as an international CBD for the Gold Coast. Chinatown is being developed in partnership with the community, private sector and government. It will offer an authentic Asian experience and create a unique destination on the light rail corridor in the heart of the CBD.

Chinatown is already encouraging Chinese and Asian tourists and fostering international relationships and investment, reinforcing the City as a destination to do business, be entertained, to live and be educated.

Chinatown will provide a sense of home for the Chinese and Asian community that permanently reside on the Gold Coast. As part of the Mayor’s second home strategy, Gold Coast Chinatown will bring a sense of safety and community to the thousands of international students studying at Gold Coast universities, English language schools and colleges.

This modern Chinatown is focused on Young and Davenport Streets in Southport. It will be a place for the Gold Coast to celebrate its diversity through culture, design, people and food. Chinatown will be an exciting mix of restaurants, cultural festivals and boutique; a place of cultural indulgence and celebration.

A four metre high statue of Confucius was recently unveiled and soon, three paifangs - traditional Chinese gateways - will mark the entries to the precinct.

Gold Coast Chinatown will be true to the Gold Coast spirit and will represent our new world relationship with the Asia-Pacific region.


Chinatown is set to come alive with colour, cuisine and cultural entertainment. Upcoming events include:

Chinese new year festival dragon

Chinese New Year Festival - Saturday 21 February 2015, 3pm to 9pm

This event marks the new lunar year in the Chinese calendar and celebrates the Year of the Goat.

The festival throws open the gates of the new Gold Coast Chinatown and provides a place where the local community, international students and visitors can come together to share unique cultural and dining experiences.

Chinese dimsim on plate

A highlight of the festival will be the Asian-infused street food market, where you can enjoy a multicultural feast under the stars with live entertainment. The precinct will be transformed into a delicious and inspiring cultural bazaar right in the heart of the CBD.

The program includes arts and culture experiences, live music, roving entertainment, artistic performances and interactive activities, with fun for the kids.

This festival welcomes everyone to celebrate our local multicultural community. Bring along family and friends, a picnic blanket and your festive spirit as we celebrate the inaugural Chinese New Year Festival in the new Gold Coast Chinatown.

Chinese night marktes

Highlights include:

  • Asian-inspired street food market
  • Live roving entertainment and street performances
  • Arts and cultural performances on the main stage – every hour between 3pm and 9pm
  • Interactive cultural workshops
  • Interactive cooking displays
  • Outdoor cinema
Chinese red tassels

Event details:

Date:         Saturday 21 February 2015, 3pm – 9pm
Location:   Young and Davenport Streets, Southport (Gold Coast CBD)
Cost:          Free event
Parking:     Free public parking is available at the Athol Paterson, Mal Burke,
                   Carey Park and Broadwater Parklands car parks.
                   Free parking from 3pm at Australia Fair East car park (exit
                   before 12am, midnight). Access via Marine Parade, Southport.
Ride the G: Disembark at the Southport Station, Nerang Street


Chinatown Street Markets - commencing in April 2015

The Chinatown Street Market will be a blend of multicultural cuisine from across Asia.

Weaved amongst street food vendors will be an eclectic mix of stalls selling traditional and modern merchandise - from handmade ornaments to internationally sourced accessories - and live entertainment.

Sister Cities

City of Gold Coast currently has nine Sister Cities Agreements.

The City, through the Mayor’s Office, is working closely with our sister cities and partnership cities to inspire the cultural embellishments of Gold Coast Chinatown. A number of Chinese delegations have visited the City to assist with cultural design ideas for the gateways, street furniture, decorative lighting and public art.

The City has been working with Jining City, which has donated a carved statue of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius. The Mayor officially accepted the statue on his recent visit to Jining City, which is the birth place of Confucius.

City of Gold Coast is working closely with other cities to design and donate the Paifang and other public art for the precinct.

Precinct Plan

The Gold Coast Chinatown Precinct Plan 2013 includes the streetscape design, retail and events strategies plus investment attraction activities and management.

For more information contact the Gold Coast CBD Team:

Phone: 1300 CBD TEAM (1300 223 832)

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