Gold Coast Chinatown

Gold Coast Chinatown is set to come alive again with colour, cuisine and cultural entertainment for our annual Chinese New Year Celebration.

Gold Coast Chinatown

Chinese Lanterns

Gold Coast Chinatown is an integral part of the revitalisation of Southport as an international CBD for the Gold Coast. Chinatown continues to evolve, offering authentic Asian experiences through an exciting mix of restaurants, cultural festivals and celebration.

Gold Coast Chinatown is one of the world's first modern Chinatowns, uniquely located in the heart of Southport. Chinatown is the place on the Gold Coast to celebrate diversity through culture, design, people and food.

View our Chinatown local business map.

Free events

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday 20 February 2016, 4pm - 9pm

Gold Coast Chinatown is set to come alive again with colour, cuisine and cultural entertainment for our annual Chinese New Year Celebration. This event marks the new lunar year in the Chinese calendar - the Year of the Monkey.

Chinatown will be transformed into a cultural marketplace with an Asian-infused street food market, live music and dancing, roving entertainment and activities for the whole family.

This year’s event includes:

  • Asian food stalls (with ten more vendors than last year)
  • free outdoor cinema showing Kung Fu Panda 2
  • dance and cultural performances on stage between 4pm and 9pm
  • interactive cultural workshops
  • activities including sumo suit wrestling and ping pong
  • kids can enjoy free activities such as ping pong, colouring in, jumping castle and face painting
  • 9pm fireworks display.

Event details

Date: Saturday 20 February 2016, 4pm – 9pm
Location: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport (Gold Coast CBD)
Cost: Free event
Ride the G: Disembark at the Southport Station, Nerang Street
Parking: Free public parking is available at the Athol Paterson, Mal Burke, Carey Park and Broadwater Parklands car parks.

Chinese New Year Facebook competition

Think you're pretty clever? Answer the question on our Facebook page for the chance to win 1 x $100 gift voucher to Maruya Japanese Restaurant, terms and conditions apply. Make sure you post your answer with the hashtag #chinesenewyeargc. Good Luck!

Chinatown Street Markets - Returning 5 March 2016

The Chinatown Street Market features a blend of multicultural cuisine from across Asia, live entertainment and an eclectic mix of stalls selling traditional and modern merchandise - from handmade ornaments to internationally sourced accessories.

The 2016 markets are held on the first Saturday of every second month starting in March.

2016 Market dates:

5 March 2016
7 May 2016
2 July 2016
3 September 2016
5 November 2016

Time: 4pm - 9.30pm
Location: Gold Coast Chinatown, Young and Davenport Streets, Southport.

Light rail: Ride the G and disembark at the Southport Station, Nerang Street.
Bus: Contact Translink for bus transport options from different areas of the city.
Taxi: Contact Gold Coast Cabs.
Cycling: Ride your bike and park in one of the many bike rack around the precinct.

Parking: Free parking in City of Gold Coast car parks from 5pm. Visit our City parking map for details.

Local traders will extend their hours during market times. Applications for 'Asian-inspired' food and merchandise stallholders are currently closed.

Chinese Food

Thai Food

Japanese Food

Taste your way through Asia with a selection of cuisine from Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea and more.

China town markets

China town music

China town dragon

Experience Asian culture with live music and 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 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 includes the streetscape design, retail and events strategies plus investment attraction activities and management.

Download and view the Gold Coast Chinatown Precinct Plan (PDF 16mb)

For more information contact the Gold Coast CBD Team:

Phone: 1300 CBD TEAM (1300 223 832)

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