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The City of Gold Coast is preparing to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games - the largest event to be held in Australia this decade.

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GC2018 Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is the venue for the swimming and diving competition for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. A significant upgrade to the centre was necessary to satisfy international competition requirements.

Redevelopment of the aquatic centre is one of the most significant Commonwealth Games legacy projects and provides a world class venue for the Gold Coast. The project was brought forward to take advantage of the opportunity to host the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and other major national and international competitions ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The upgrade includes a new 10-lane 50 metre competition pool, new learn-to-swim pool, elevated spectator concourse/viewing terrace, new changing rooms, gym and toilet facilities, community meeting rooms, event facilities, permanent seating for approximately 1200 people, and refurbishment of the existing eight-lane 50 metre pool and dive pool.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre aerial

Aerial of Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

For information about the location and opening hours of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, along with details of fees and charges and its many programs and activities, visit our Gold Coast Aquatic Centre page.

Key information

  • Why is the pool being upgraded?

    A significant upgrade to the aquatic centre is necessary to satisfy international competition requirements in order to host the swimming for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The redevelopment of the aquatic centre is one of the most significant Commonwealth Games legacy projects and will provide new world class facilities for the community.

  • Why can’t works be staged so the pool can remain open?

    Redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has been brought forward to take advantage of the opportunity to host the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast and a compressed construction schedule is required to deliver the project within the required timeframe.

    The scale of works (construction of new facilities, refurbishment of all existing pools and removal and replacement of essential filtration plant services), compressed construction schedule and the need to undertake much of the work concurrently requires temporary closure of the aquatic centre.

  • How much will it cost?

    The redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will cost $41 million, to be funded in a joint partnership between the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast City Council.

  • How long will it take?

    The existing centre will close in February 2013. Construction is expected to take approximately 16 months and the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will be reopened to the community in Spring 2014, following the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

  • Will traffic into the Parklands be affected?

    Some permanent changes to traffic flow into the aquatic centre site will take place as part of the masterplan for the precinct. However, access to the Broadwater Parklands car park will be maintained.

  • Will works impact on parking?

    During construction, there will be some temporary loss of car parking. However, this parking was primarily for aquatic centre users and there will be no loss of parking spaces in the Broadwater Parklands car park.

    Council will liaise with the project management team from the Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to ensure minimal disruption to local residents and businesses.

  • Where will existing pool users and staff go during construction?

    Council has been working with pool user groups to identify their requirements and assist with interim arrangements. Some key groups will be accommodated at the Runaway Bay Sports Centre, while others will relocate to other city pools.

    The majority of existing aquatic centre staff are casual employees and Council is assisting in the relocation of these staff to other pools across the city and utilising some for the operation of the Rockpools at the Broadwater Parklands. This will ensure staff impacts are kept to a minimum.

  • Where are the alternate aquatic centre facilities located?

    The Gold Coast is fortunate to have a number of aquatic centres located across the city. The nearest alternate city pools are:

    In addition to city pools, there are also a number of other aquatic centres offering a varying range of services. These include:

    • St Hilda's Aquatic Centre, St Hilda's School, High Street, Southport - phone (07) 5577 7277
    • The Golden Door Health Club and Spa,  73 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach - phone (07) 5531 3626
    • Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre (State-operated facility) , Morala Avenue, Runaway Bay - phone (07) 5500 9988
    • The Southport School Aquatic Centre, Winchester Street, Southport - phone (07) 5531 9919

    All current swim passes for Gold Coast Aquatic Centre are valid for use at any city pool and the Golden Door Health Club and Spa.

  • Why does the boat ramp need to be relocated?

    Redevelopment of the aquatic centre will result in a significantly larger facility, requiring the relocation of the boat ramp to the northern end of the Broadwater Parklands.

    The existing Broadwater Parklands master plan includes provision of a new improved boat ramp with additional trailer parking, commercial space and public facilities approximately 800 metres to the north.. In the interim, Council is assisting with temporary relocation of the fishing club and is providing information to recreational and commercial boating and other users about alternate ramp facilities available nearby.

    The nearest alternate public ramps are:

    • Gold Coast Highway Southport (opposite) VMR Southport
    • Harley Park, Marine Parade Labrador
    • Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
    • Muriel Henchman Drive, Main Beach.
  • Will construction affect the staging of city events at the Parklands?

    The Broadwater Parklands will still be available for major city events - it was designed so that different areas could accommodate a range of events. Council is working with the State Government and event organisers on alternate arrangements within the Parklands for those events that currently utilise the aquatic centre site for staging purposes.

  • What are the construction works hours?

    Normal site works hours are between 6.30am-6.30pm Monday to Saturday, with no works currently scheduled on Sundays.