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The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre brings it all together and so much more. Gold Coast Aquatic Centre formally opened to the community on Saturday 13 September 2014.

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Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (GCAC) is a state of the art facility that hosted the swimming and diving events during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It offers fun, fitness and leisure for Gold Coasters seven days a week all year round.

Located at Southport’s Broadwater Parklands (main entrance at intersection of Nind Street and Marine Parade, Southport), the centre boasts six pools (heated to a minimum of 27 degrees Celsius all year round) including a 50 metre, 10 lane competition pool, an impressive dry land dive training facility, a fully equipped fitness centre, multi-function meeting rooms and access to Café Catalina.

A number of programs and classes are available including aqua aerobics, deep water running, diving and learn to swim. Competitive squads are also based at the centre.

Location and opening hours

For information on Gold Coast Aquatic Centre opening times and parking visit our Location and opening hours page.

Contact information

Phone: 07 5582 8282
Fax: 07 5582 9151

Dive-in Movie - The Greatest Showman

Saturday 19 January 2019, grab your togs and floaties and splash into the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for a unique family movie experience.

Gates open at 6pm with food trucks and entertainment.

Find out more.

Australia Day Pool Party

Splash into Australia Day at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Pool Party. Fun for the whole family including inflatables, diving boards, novelty races and much more.

Find out more.

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Upcoming aquatic events

Date Event Times Allocated space 
14 – 18 January Cook and Phillip Park Squad
Swimming Training Camp
4pm – 6pm Competition Pool
Wednesday 16 January Brisbane State High School Camp 8.30am – 10am Competition Pool
Saturday 19 January Dive In Movie – Greatest Showman
Centre closed for general swimming from 4pm.
6.30pm – 10pm Dive Pool
Sunday 20 January Melbourne Girls Grammar 2.15pm – 3.45pm Competition Pool
Saturday 26 January Australia Day Pool Party 11am – 2pm All Pools
Thursday 31 January Saint Stephen’s College
Junior Swim Carnival Trials
11.30am – 2.30pm 2 x 25m Pools
Fri 1 February Saint Stephen’s College
Senior Swim Carnival Trials
9am – 2.30pm Competition Pool
Wed 6 February Benowa State High School
Swim Carnival
8.45am – 2.45pm
10am – 11.30am
Competition Pool
50m Training Pool
7 – 27 February British Swimming
Bath NC Camp
9am – 11am
4pm – 6pm
Competition Pool
Fri 8 February Saint Stephen’s College
Senior Swim Carnival
9am – 2.30pm Competition Pool
Sat 9 February SOSC Meet 7am – 2pm Competition Pool
11 – 16 February Swimming Australia Camp 6am – 9am
3.30pm – 6.30pm
Competition Pool
Mon 11 February Saint Stephen’s College
Junior Swim Carnival
9am – 2.30pm 2 x 25m Pools
Wed 13 February Southport State High School
Swim Carnival
9am – 3pm Competition Pool
Fri 15 February Aquinas College
Swim Carnival
8.30am – 3pm Competition Pool
50m Training Pool
Tues 19 February Broadwater Swimming Trials 9am – 3pm Competition Pool
Tues 21 February Broadwater Swimming Trials
Wet weather – Back up date
9am – 3pm Competition Pool

Please note: Parking may be limited during these dates. Event information regarding tickets or schedules are to be obtained by the event organisers. We are unable to provide this information.

Lost property

Major Sporting Venues is not responsible for personal property left at the venues.

Due to the high volume of sporting activity and events in our venues, we are unable to store lost items. Where possible items will be returned to the sporting club or event organiser.

Please contact the organising party directly for lost items.


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  • Are all Gold Coast Aquatic Centre pools heated?

    Yes, all the swimming pools are heated to a minimum of 27 degrees celsius all year round.

  • When is the best time to swim laps?

    The best time to swim laps is early in the morning between 6.30am and 8.30am. Please keep in mind that the pool is substantially busier on hot days and school holidays.

  • Do I have to watch my child's swimming lesson?

    During swimming lessons you are not required to watch, but it is appreciated if you stay within sight of the lesson, in case you are needed. Outside lessons you need to maintain active supervision of your child/children as per our pool rules.

  • Do I have to pay if I'm not swimming?

    Yes. When entering Gold Coast Aquatic Centre you are expected to pay a spectator entry fee. This fee covers the provision, maintenance and staffing of the facilities.

  • Does the centre close when it rains?

    No, the pool only closes when there is lightning in the vicinity for safety reasons.

  • Can I smoke at the pool?

    No. Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a public place and no smoking is allowed in the centre.

  • Can I bring alcohol into the pool?

    No. Alcohol and glass are not allowed in the pool as per our conditions of entry.

  • How can I hire lanes or the pool?

    For school groups wishing to hire lanes or the pool please email and request an aquatic hire agreement form, complete it and email it to the centre. If you are an individual swimmer and wish to hire a lane please contact us on 07 5582 8282.

  • Are there lockers to use?

    Pool side
    Lockers are available to swimmers and are located throughout the centre. For a small locker there is a charge of $2 and $3 for large lockers. They are available for use for a maximum of four (4) hours.

    Fitness centre
    Pin-coded lockers are provided and are free of charge to fitness centre members.