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Gold Coast City Council operates two navigation locks that give access from the tidal waterways into lake systems. Navigation locks on the Gold Coast exist for the effective flow of water.

There is also a third navigation lock at Oyster Cove that gives access from Saltwater Creek into Oyster Cove. This navigation lock is not operated by Council.

Find the link to the Application for Boat Lock Access Card and information and public use instructions below.

Boobegan Creek

This lock is located at Carrara and provides access from the Robina Lakes and Clear Island Waters to the Nerang River.

Located between the Tri Care Retirement Village opposite Carrara markets and the Rhode Island Development, the lock is about 800 metres upstream of the bridge crossing on Nerang Broadbeach Road.

The maximum dimensions of boats that can use the lock are length 15 metres, width 4.0 metres and draft 2.3 metres.

The lock is operational 24 hours except during times of intense rain. During any flooding events, the lock is not available for use by vessels.

Monterey Keys

This lock is located between Saltwater Terrace and John Dalley Drive at Monterey Keys.

Providing access from Monterey Keys Lake at Helensvale to Saltwater Creek, the maximum dimensions of boats that can use this lock are length 12 metres, width (beam) 6.65 metres and draft 1.35 metres. This lock is operational 24 hours.

For further information, call (07) 5667 3832 or email