Parks and recreation
The Gold Coast has over 2200 parks covering 14,000 hectares, almost 700 playgrounds, over 380 barbecues and over 200 sports fields scattered across the City.
Explore the links below to find out more about the many beautiful parks and recreational facilities that are available for our community and visitors to enjoy.
Find a park
Use our Park Finder to search for the best Gold Coast parks for children, weddings, exploring nature and more. Find out more about our popular parks such as the Broadwater Parklands and the Botanic Gardens. Learn how to book a park for your next party or function. See our Dog exercise areas page for maps of off-leash areas to take your pet.
Mobile food vehicles in parks
Street food is the newest addition to the Gold Coast's cultural scene. Check out the numerous food trucks available throughout the City.
What's on in Gold Coast parks
Take part in our Active & Healthy program; watch a movie under the stars; check out our famous Farmers’ markets; connect with the environment through our NaturallyGC program; find ways to entertain the kids with our holiday programs; view the calendar of events for Broadwater Parklands or find out what's on at the Botanic Gardens.
Gold Coast parks include a range of great facilities such as play and exercise equipment, dog exercise areas, barbecues and picnic areas, toilets, pathways, BMX and skate parks and boardwalks for walking and cycling. Find out how we are working to improve accessibility within our parks.
Sports field closures and sport clubs
Sports fields may at times need to be closed. Find details of current sports field closures due to wet weather and our maintenance and renovation schedule. City of Gold Coast's (City) provides a large number of sporting and training facilities and programs for both residents and visitors.
City of Gold Coast provides a range of facilities which are available for community leasing by not-for-profit organisations. More than 400 properties are currently being used for sport, recreation, cultural or community purposes.
Commercial fitness training in parks
City parks offer a great setting for recreational activities, including outdoor personal and group fitness training activities.
To effectively manage the use of our parks and reserves, the City is developing a permit system to address outdoor commercial fitness training activities.
For more information, visit our Commercial fitness training in City parks page.
- City services
- Dog exercise areas
- Local Law No. 9 (Parks and Reserves) 2008
- Report a problem - City parks, trees and beaches
- Tourist parks (self-contained villas, caravan and camping sites)