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City of Gold Coast mobile food truck initiative

Street food is the newest addition to the Gold Coast's cultural scene. Check out the numerous food trucks available throughout the City.

Mobile food vending in parks

Latest news:

Council are currently undertaking a review of the mobile food vending in parks trial.  Watch this space for further information.

Street food is the newest addition to the Gold Coast’s cultural scene. From quality night markets, eat streets and food vans, street food is a trend that is fast gaining traction.

City of Gold Coast's food truck initiative represents a further step towards a world-class street food culture which, depending on the trial's success, could see more food trucks hit our streets in the future.

2016-17 permit holders list

Food truck Contact details Vendor profile
Barraca Portuguese Street Grill Christian & Sands Vaughan
Facebook: Barraca/

Explore and discover the trusted recipes of old world Portugal combined with the spices and excitement of its ex-colonies in Africa and South America. Marinated in lemon and garlic, chargrilled and finished with some optional Piri Piri for the brave - your taste buds will never be the same!

Dutch Poffertjes John McAuliffe
Mobile:0428 658 960

We sell the best in gourmet poffertjes with home-made toppings that will excite the taste buds and never disappoint. Salted caramel with macadamia nuts, pan friend caramelised banana with maple and cinnamon, strawberries pureed our special way.  The best chocolate made from quality ingredients all served with fresh strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar - optional cream / ice cream.  We only use bio-degradable packaging.  You will enjoy.

Food Kartel Nickia Green
Facebook: Food Kartel
Instagram: @foodkartelgc

We create environmentally responsible "street food". All of our meat is 100 per cent organic grass fed, hormone free and free from antibiotics, our dairy is organic and our vegetables are from local farms grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides, just the way Mother Nature intended. Our kart is partly solar powered, all packaging is recycled, recyclable or biodegradable and even our cleaning products are environmentally conscious.

Jake’s Grill Mobile: 0402 534 751
Facebook: jakesgrill

A food trailer/truck that will make sure that you will experience Asia's most unique cuisine - The Filipino Food.  A melting pot of American, Chinese, Malay, Mexican, Oriental and Spanish influences; allow your taste buds to bear witness to a delicious level of food discovery.  Enjoy a family oriented home style cooking with a twist on its approach and flavoursome dishes that is rick on Filipino culture and tradition.

Juice Power


Adrian Power
Mobile: 0402 534 751
Facebook: juicepower1
Web: juicepower1/

Juice Power provides nutrient dense and healthy, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and crushies. We source all our ingredients locally and all our cups, lids and straws are biodegradable. We operate on solar and gas which minimises our impact on the environment. We also supply organic coffee and a wide range of herbal teas plus healthy snacks.

Pumping Pizza & Pork Phil Childs
Mobile: 0414 284 547

Pumping Pizza & Pork has a state-of-the-art, brand-spanking-new, purpose built mobile kitchen. With our conveyor pizza oven, we can produce quality Our pizzas and pork dishes are made with only the freshest ingredients ensuring the best taste experience. We offer gluten-free and vegetarian options. Our tender pulled pork is served in a baguette with wombok, apple lemon slaw and topped with Japanese mayo and smoky BBQ sauce. Pumping pizza will add another Pork Dish with Smoky Pork Ribs on offer.

Smooth Life Mobile: 0406 095 251
Facebook: Smoothlifehealthbalance

Açaí bowls, smoothies, healthy treats and coffee. Smooth Life is one of the first organic acai and healthy food on wheels.  In addition to acai, we offer a range of healthy snacks made with super food ingredients.  We provide products dairy free, suitable to vegetarians and vegans with no added sugar.  Traditional acai mad by real Brazilians!  Taste and passion with a healthy lifestyle for a smooth life.

Surf Burger Email:
Facebook: Surf-Burger
Instagram: surfburgerfoodtruck
We like to call our food truck the "Longboard", where all the magic happens.  There is no chaos in this kitchen; we work in order and harmony to deliver to you, the best burger on the coast.  Local fresh grass fed meats and vegetables, homemade sauces, buttered buns toasted to perfection and hot fries that you will dip into the best aioli on the coast.
Tasty Food Shack Mobile: 0498 651 513
Facebook: Tasty-Food-Shack
Instagram: tastyfoodshack
Blog link: tastyfoodshack

Tasty Food Shack is a place where people can meet and enjoy our tasty street food like our tasty shack burgers or our wraps, baguettes and salads for a healthier option. We also offer the perfect cup of tea, hot chocolate and freshly ground coffee as well as a variety of refreshing cold drinks.

Tubo Delight Mobile: 0410 765 508
Facebook: tubodelightaustralia

Healthy, Low GI, vitamin superhero sugarcane is a favourite drink in South America, India and Asia.  Tubo Delight's organic sugarcane juice is fused with 13 different flavours such as Lime, Ginger and Mint.  Due to popular demand we are now also offering Iced Tea using organic black tea adding our 100% juice flavouring and topping the drink with a generous dash of cane juice as a natural sweetener.  Delicious Splice (lime), Colada (pineapple) and other great tasting Mocktails are also on the menu combining coconut cream in our sugarcane juice.

Turkish Gozleme Ulka Isik
Mobile: 0414650675

Authentic Turkish Gozleme (savoury and sweet pastry), made from fresh ingredients of the customer’s choice to order while they watch the pastry being rolled out and cooked. The fillings can range from cheese and spinach, to adding meat or chicken or exotic ingredients such as pumpkin and leak etc.

Yummi Fruit Ice-creamery Mobile: 0401 453 931
Facebook: yummifruiticecreamery
Web: yummifruiticecreamery
Instagram: yummifruiticecreamery

Yummi Fruit Ice-Creamery is a beach themed mobile food trailer specialising in real fruit blended with creamy vanilla ice-cream. Discover the refreshing taste of real fruit ice-cream, made right before your eyes. We also provide delicious fruit-shake smoothies, frothy milkshakes in a range of traditional flavours and offer a range of dairy free options including sorbet and Flyin' Fox ice-blocks in a variety of natural fruit flavours.

Zicatela Woodfire Mexican Mobile: 0406 091 918
Facebook/instagram: zicatelamexican

The Zicatela chefs produce their authentic take on modern and street style Mexican cuisine. We make our own chutneys and sauces and the Zicatela menu is handcrafted and produced fresh daily. Zicatela wood-fired Mexican is the perfect blend of incredible Mexican/Oaxaca and southern Californian flavours, beach lifestyle and fresh produce of Australia.


Permit types

The City is offering the following type of permits:

Mobile food vendors in parks on weekends and public holidays

Application processing fee: $250
Permit fee (per annum): $1500

This permit enables an additional high quality/low cost food service to be provided to park users and ensures vendors meet City requirements. Permit holders will be required to nominate the location and day they wish to operate in order to be issued a separate booking confirmation (no fee) which grants them access to the site. This process ensures the City manages the use of each location and prevents conflicts with special events or park closures.

Operations under this permit will be limited to Saturdays, Sundays and some public holidays. Due to the limited number of approved locations, a maximum of 20 permits will be granted at any one time. The number of vendors allowed to operate at each location is specified below. Vendors can only operate between the hours of 8am and 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and allowable public holidays unless otherwise directed by the City.

Park name/location Operating times Number of vending vehicles permitted at one time
Damian Leeding Memorial Park, Oxenford 8am to 7pm 2
Jabiru Island Park, Paradise Point 2
Len Fox Park, Labrador 2
Southport Broadwater Parklands - northern precinct 2
Southport Broadwater Parklands - southern precinct 2
Philip Park, Main Beach 4
Macintosh Island Park, Surfers Paradise 4
Evandale Park, Surfers Paradise 2
Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach 2
Pratten Park, Broadbeach 2
Hinterland Regional Park, Mudgeeraba 1
Schusters Park, Tallebudgera 1
Pizzey Park, Miami 2

General conditions of a permit

A complete set of conditions will be applied as part of the Local Law permit pertaining to each location.

In addition to the standard conditions required by the Local Law, the following conditions will be placed on permits:

  • must hold a mobile food licence issued by the City (where applicable)
  • permit is for 12 months from date of approval
  • permit must be displayed at all times
  • operating hours are appropriate for the location
  • trading on Christmas Day and ANZAC Day is not permitted
  • amenity of the area is not adversely impacted
  • alcohol is not to be served
  • vehicle must be kept clean and in a good state of repair and working order, ensuring road worthiness and that noise, fumes, smoke, foul odours and other contaminants are not generated
  • public safety is a priority
  • allowances are made for special events
  • all relevant insurances and licences are in place
  • all nominated staff must pass a police check and hold a blue card
  • no amplified sound or music allowed
  • sale of items may be restricted at some locations.


Permits are issued on an annual basis. Permit fees are waived for not-for-profit organisations but all applicants are required to pay the application processing fee.

Mobile food vendors in parks on weekends and public holidays

Application processing fee: $250
Permit fee (per annum): $1500

How to apply

  • Complete the Operating a mobile food vending vehicle in a park permit application in full and make sure it is signed by the applicant.
  • Address the assessment criteria and include copies of the following:
    • a copy of the Certificate of Currency for Broadform Public Liability Insurance noting City of Gold Coast as an interested party
    • images of the mobile food vending vehicle
    • a copy of the menu
    • images of the food.
  • Answer the questions in the application assessment guide.
  • Email your completed application to: Parks&
  • Pay the relevant application processing fee.

Application assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • mandatory requirements
  • development of competitive local business and industry
  • environmental protection and sustainability
  • vehicle design and aesthetics
  • quality cuisine.

Evaluation of applications will take into account the assessment criteria in any decision to determine the most advantageous applications. These criteria ensure the outcomes defined in the Parks and Recreation Services plan are achieved.

Please note: The City of Gold Coast reserves the right to conduct reference checks and site visits.

How to address the application assessment criteria

Applications should address all criteria in full. Each section of the form must be completed.

Please refer to the Mobile food vending in parks application guide.

Jump to key information
  • Is a permit required to operate in a park as part of an event?

    No. Trading as part of an event can be coordinated directly with event organisers without the need for a permit to operate a mobile food vending vehicle in a park.

  • What is the difference between a permit to operate a mobile food vehicle in a park and a food licence for a mobile food business?

    The primary purpose for a permit to operate a mobile food vehicle in a park is to allow permitted mobile food vehicles to trade in a select number (and location) of parks as part of a trial. The permit specifically relates to the type of activity (food and beverage vending) and location (approved parks).

  • Is a food licence required?

    A mobile food business that conducts the following activities requires a food licence from the City:

    • a food business that involves selling hamburgers from a motor vehicle
    • ice cream van
    • pie van (smoko truck)
    • mobile snack trucks
    • mobile food trailers
    • domestic water carriers
    • unpackaged food from a vending machine.

    The primary purpose of the Food Act 2006 is to establish that food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption. This Act requires City of Gold Coast to monitor the standard of operations in fixed food premises by providing for the licensing of particular food businesses. Compliance with the Act will assist you in providing safe food for your customers.

    For more information visit Council's Knowledge Network - Toolbox.

    It is anticipated that most ‘Operating a mobile food vehicle in a park’ permit holders will also need to hold a current food licence as required under the Food Act 2006.


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