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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 events

There is always something happening at the Broadwater Parklands. Events below marked with an asterisk (*) are free. In addition to the events listed here, there are several Active & Healthy events for you to take part in on a weekly basis.

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Pedal car rides*

Cruise around the Great Lawn on the coolest pedal cars around. With both kids and adult sizes available, the whole family can enjoy the fun.

  • Date: 2, 9, 16, and 23 January
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Location: The Great Lawn

Pop-up playground*

Sparky Do Dah’s pop-up playground is an awesome collection of activities and games like sack races, stilt walking, balance beams - just to name a few. Best suited for kids aged from 3 to 12 years.

  • Date: 3, 10, 17 and 24 January
  • Time: 10am to 2pm
  • Location: The Little Lawn

Circus Workshop*

Roll up and learn how to become a circus performer. This workshop will involve juggling, plate spinning, tumbling and develop your very own inner clown.

  • Date: Friday 4 January
  • Time: 9am to 2pm
  • Location: Beside the bouncy pillow

Movies Under the Stars*

Paddington (2014) - meet up with family and friends or just get out with the kids to movies under the stars, which is on offer right across the city... and best of all they're free.

  • Date: Saturday 5 January
  • Time: 7pm onwards
  • Location: The Great Lawn
  • Contact: Wet weather hotline
    07 5581 7016

Inflatable Basketball Court*

Come on down and shoot some hoops with your friends and family!

  • Date: Sunday 6 January
  • Time: 10am to 2pm
  • Location: The Great Lawn

Land Train*

Choo Choo all aboard, here comes the Broadwater Express! Grab the kids and explore the park on one of our free scenic train rides.

  • Date: 7, 14 and 21 January
  • Time: 10am to 2pm
  • Location: The Great Lawn

DJ Party in the Park*

Be sure to bring the kids down to learn all the iconic dance moves like the Hokey Pokey, Macarena, Nutbush and so much more!

  • Date: 8, 15 and 22 January
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Location: Beside the bouncy pillow

Share, Talk and Read

Parents with children 0-5 years are invited to join the library staff to enjoy some shared reading time and talk with staff for ideas, tips and tricks around early years language development and reading.

  • Date: Wednesday 9 January
  • Time: 9.30am to 11am
  • Location: Rockpools

Pop-up science lab*

Come and enjoy a hands-on experiment mixing chemicals together (safe ones of course) to make some ooey-gooey glow in the dark slime.

  • Date: Friday 11 January
  • Time: 9am to 2pm
  • Location: Beside the bouncy pillow

Movies Under the Stars*

Paddington 2 (2017) - Meet up with family and friends or just get out with the kids to movies under the stars, which is on offer right across the city... and best of all they're free.

  • Date: Saturday 12 January
  • Time: 7pm onwards
  • Location: The Great Lawn
  • Contact: Wet weather hotline
    07 5581 7016

Challenge Masters Workshop*

Come along to set your very own personal best times in a variety of challenges which test hand-eye coordination and physical abilities with some challenges being just silly fun.

  • Date: Sunday 13 January
  • Time: 9am to 2pm
  • Location:Beside the bouncy pillow

Pop-up science lab*

Come and enjoy a hands-on experiment mixing chemicals together (safe ones of course) to make some neon bouncy balls.

  • Date: Friday 18 January
  • Time: 10am to 2pm
  • Location: Beside the bouncy pillow

Romanian Day 2019*

To celebrate the unification of Romanian states, come along and check out the beautiful cultural and traditional displays, music and food.

  • Date: Saturday 19 January
  • Time: 9am to 4pm
  • Location: The Great Lawn

Under the Southern Stars

Back by popular demand, this year’s concert event will be headlined by Australia’s legendary Hoodoo Gurus along with Australian rock royalty You Am I. Also on line up are The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow.

  • Date: Saturday 19 January
  • Time: 12 noon to 10pm
  • Location: The Southern Lawn
  • Website: Under the Southern Stars
  • Cost: From $65

Scratch Art/Sand in a Bottle*

Create all sorts of colourful masterpieces with this kid friendly craft activity!

  • Date: Sunday 20 January
  • Time: 10am to 2pm
  • Location: Beside the bouncy pillow

Salsa in the Park*

If you love salsa, bachata, cha cha or merengue, chances are you will love this free workshop. The session caters for beginners right through to advanced dancers.

  • Date: Sunday 20 January
  • Time: 3pm to 6pm
  • Location: The Porch Stage

Pop-up science lab*

Come and enjoy a hands-on experiment mixing chemicals together (safe ones of course) to make some ooey-gooey glow in the dark slime.

  • Date: Friday 25 January
  • Time: 10am to 2pm
  • Location: Beside the bouncy pillow

2019 Gold Coast Australia Day Celebration*

An alcohol-free family day celebrating Australia Day. Includes live music, food trucks, activities and a fireworks display.

  • Date: Saturday 26 January
  • Time: 4pm to 8pm
  • Location: The Great Lawn

Hotter Than Hell

Hotter Than Hell music festival returns bringing together Spiderbait, Shihad, Killing Heidi, Bodyjar, 28 Days and more, in a hellish lineup of legends.

  • Date: Sunday 27 January
  • Time: 2pm to 10pm
  • Location: The Southern Lawn
  • Website: Hotter Than Hell
  • Cost: From $79

Hudsons Circus

Hudsons Circus presents a two-hour, traditional style circus with a modern twist, featuring edge of your seat daredevils and hilarious clowns.

  • Date: Thursday 27 December to Sunday 13 January
  • Time: From 9am
  • Location: Southern Lawn
  • Cost:$15 to $60
  • Website: Hudsons Circus

The Big Wedgie

Experience the world’s tallest freestanding inflatable waterslide. Awesome family fun with slides for all ages and open all school holidays. No bookings required. Tickets on sale now.

  • Date:8 December 2018 to 3 February 2019
  • Time: From 9am
  • Location: Fisherman's Lawn
  • Cost: $15 - $45
  • Website: The Big Wedgie

Rockpools opening hours
1 to 31 January 2019: 7am to 7pm
Closed Tuesdays until 9am
Hours may change due to weather conditions.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

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Getting there and parking

Why not catch the G:Link, take bus route 704 or even bicycle to Broadwater Parklands. Limited parking is available onsite, additional parking available at Carey Park.

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