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Outdoor & Sporting Enthusiasts

The city offers an array of high quality facilities and services suited for any outdoor or sporting enthusiast.

Swimming Enclosures

Gold Coast City Council has developed a network of enclosed swimming areas throughout the city. Most sheltered swimming enclosures are accompanied by nearby playground, barbecue and shopping facilities.

While Council provides swimming enclosures, residents and visitors are reminded to follow this advice:

  • supervise children at all times
  • keep clear of floating collar and underwater net
  • take care when entering as depth will vary with tide
  • do not swim alone
  • be aware marine creatures may exist within the enclosure
  • do not attempt to swim to pontoons or enclosure boundaries
  • do not run or dive off floating pontoons

Southport Swimming Enclosure

Located in the Broadwater opposite Australia Fair where permanent beach umbrellas and barbecues are provided as well as children's playground and toilets. This swimming enclosure has a jumping pontoon permanently located at the end of the enclosure.

Broadwater Parklands and Rockpools wet play area

Young children love Council's first wet play area at the Rockpools, Broadwater Parklands in Southport (opposite Australia Fair). The park is designed around the theme of Southport's culture and environment with cool water fountains and vibrant marine-themed equipment. Barbecues, swimming enclosure, playgrounds and convenient parking available. Visit GC Parks to see a video of the Rockpools and find out more about Broadwater Parklands.

Harley Park swimming lagoon

Located on the Broadwater Foreshore near the corner of Broad Street and Marine Parade at Labrador. The enclosure is adjacent to the Charis Seafood Market and offers barbeque facilities nearby.

For those fishing enthusiasts, the area provides access to a boat ramp and fishing spots. Harley Park swimming Lagoon is flood-lit in the evenings for the convenience of patrons.

Paradise Point swimming enclosure

Located adjacent to the main shopping area at Paradise Point near the corner of Falkinder Avenue and the Esplanade. A large netted enclosure has been established on the foreshore just north of the Ephraim Island bridge.

Jacobs Well swimming enclosure

Jacobs Well Swimming Enclosure is located directly to the north of the Jacobs Well Air Sea Rescue off Jacobs Well Road. The enclosure consists of approximately 150 metres of netting suspended from floating pontoons. The enclosure has a formalised beach area and barbeque and picnic facilities have been provided in the adjacent park land.

Murlong swimming enclosure

The Murlong swimming enclosure has approximately 70 metres of beach where children can play in the sand or go for a swim in a netted enclosure. Installed within the beach are a number of shade structures to escape from the sun.

Evandale swimming lagoon

The Evandale swimming lagoon is located behind the Gold Coast City Council Chambers at Bundall Road. The lagoon offers a sheltered swimming environment with adjacent beach and recreational areas. Surrounding amenities include toilets and showers, picnic areas with barbeques and shaded seating.

The Hon Desley Boyle MP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, has granted a subsidy of $43,956 to assist Council with 33.33% of the costs of providing swimming enclosures at Palm Beach, Southport, Paradise Point and Jacobs Well for a three year period. The assistance of the State Government towards the active and healthy lifestyles of Gold Coast people and visitors is gratefully acknowledged.

Jabiru Island swimming enclosure

The Jabiru Island swimming enclosure is located on Jabiru Island along Oxley Drive between Paradise Point and Hope Island. The swimming enclosure can be accessed through the car park adjacent to the public boat ramp on the southern side of the island. There are picnic and barbecue facilities within the park near the enclosure.

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