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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

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. View the image gallery to see what the Broadwater Parklands has on offer.

Find a map of the Parklands below.


Broadwater Parklands Event Facilities

View the Broadwater Parklands calendar of events to find family-friendly events taking place at this park.


Broadwater Parklands Event Facilities

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.

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. 


Broadwater Parklands Event Facilities

This is an exciting, new, 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.

1 February to 31 March: 8am to 6pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
1 April to 31 May: 9am to 5pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
Anzac Day: opens at midday
1 June to 31 August: 9am to 3pm (closed Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
1 September to 30 November: 8am to 6pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
1 December to 31 January: 7am to 7pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until 9am)
Christmas Day: Opens at midday

*Hours may change due to weather conditions.

Bouncy pillow

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)

Cost of hire:

Type of hire Half day Full day
Private function $600 $1000
Commercial activity $850 $1450
Charity / Non-profit $200 $350
Wedding ceremonies $600 Not applicable
Wedding reception - $1000

Dining options

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. Open every day from 11am to 8pm.

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

Wireless internet is available at the Broadwater Parklands seven days a week. Wireless will be available from April to November between 7am and 7pm and from December to March between 7am and 9pm.

Sessions are 30 minutes in length or 50 megabytes (mb), with a 15-minute cool off period. Coverage areas include The Little Lawn, The Great Lawn, the main car park and the Rockpools.

Full details and connection instructions are available on our Broadwater Parklands WI-FI page.

*Terms and conditions apply.

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