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Traffic area locations

A traffic area is a mapped geographical area where timed on-street parking controls apply. The information below will help you investigate and identify whether you live in a designated traffic area.

You can use this information to apply for a resident or visitor parking permit.

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Traffic Area

Two hour traffic area (2P) Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (except as signed)

View the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Traffic Area map.

Significant expansion of the Griffith University, the opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital, and the construction of the Commonwealth Games Village have resulted in increased parking demand in this precinct.

In response to community concerns about the overflow parking in the area from these developments, the City has introduced changes to the parking surrounding the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

The boundary of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Traffic Area is from Smith Street to Central Street, bordered by Kumbari Avenue and all streets off Parkwood Boulevard and Napper Road, and part of Edmund Rice Drive encompassing the Griffith University campus. The entry points are clearly signed on each street when entering the area and there are numerous reminder signs throughout. Parking within this area is limited to two (2) hours on week days, unless otherwise signed.

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Traffic Area came into effect in February 2018.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Traffic Area.

Apply for a resident or visitor parking permit.

Main Beach Traffic Area - event days only

The centre of the Main Beach suburb is located in the heart of the GC600 event precinct. In October of each year to coincide with this event, the Main Beach Traffic Area is activated to manage traffic flow and parking, making moving around the city easier. The Main Beach Traffic Area restricts parking on signed event days – such as the GC600 - to two (2) hours, unless a valid parking permit is displayed on the vehicle. Resident event parking permits will be provided by the event organisers. Residents are not required to apply for permits.

The boundary of the Main Beach Traffic Area is from Main Beach Parade, north of Ferny Avenue, to Seaworld Drive and including Waterways Drive, encompassing the residential areas on both sides of the Gold Coast Highway.

The Main Beach Traffic Area restricts parking on signed event days to two (2) hours unless a valid parking permit is displayed on the vehicle. The Main Beach Traffic Area came into effect in January 2018. 

View the Main Beach Traffic Area map.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays in the Main Beach Traffic Area unless otherwise signed for an event.

Central Traffic Area

Three hour traffic area (3P) Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (except as signed)

View the Central Traffic Area map.

The Central Traffic Area has been implemented to manage parking accessibility for residents and visitors to the businesses, beachfront and entertainment hubs of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Parking within this area is limited to three (3) hours on week days, unless otherwise signed.

The boundary of the Central Traffic Area begins at northern Ferny Avenue, extending south to Surfers and Sunbrite Avenues, and west to Sunshine Boulevard.

The Central Traffic Area came into effect in February 2018.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

While the timed parking restrictions will not apply in residential areas on public holidays, all other on-street timed and paid parking restrictions within the core commercial precincts will apply on public holidays in the Central Traffic Area.

Apply for a resident or visitor parking permit.

Varsity Lakes Traffic Area

Two hour traffic area (2P) Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (except as signed)

View the Varsity Lakes Traffic Area map.

Commercial and residential development in Varsity Lakes has resulted in high parking demands from the neighbouring university, commercial businesses, a school and existing residents. To ensure future parking demands are effectively managed, 2P time restrictions on week days were expanded slightly to create the Varsity Lakes Traffic Area.

The boundary extends north east to Lake Street, and south to the western end of Varsity Parade. Existing 2P linear signage was replaced with 2P Traffic Area signs on each entry in to the area, and a number of reminder signs have been installed in streets throughout the area.

The Varsity Lakes Traffic Area came into effect in January 2018.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays in the Varsity Lakes Traffic Area.

Apply for a resident or visitor parking permit.

Robina Stadium Traffic Area - event days only

The Robina Stadium (Cbus Super Stadium) Traffic Area restricts parking on signed event days to two (2) minutes unless a valid parking permit is displayed on the vehicle.

Robina Stadium is located in the suburb of Robina, next to Robina railway station and near Robina Town Centre. The boundary of the Robina Stadium Traffic Area extends from Robina Town Centre Drive to Robina Parkway, encompassing the commercial and residential area within.

These restrictions came into effect in January 2018.

View the Robina Stadium Traffic Area map.

Additional parking and transport information can be found on the Cbus Super Stadium website.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays in the Robina Stadium Traffic Area unless otherwise signed for an event.

Apply for a resident event parking permit.

Southern Traffic Area

Four hour traffic area (4P) Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm (except as signed)

View the Southern Traffic Area map.

The Southern Traffic Area was implemented to manage parking accessibility for residents and visitors to the beachfront and commercial precinct along Golden Four Drive.

Located between Gibson and Musgrave Streets, Bilinga, the Southern Traffic Area encompasses streets which were previously time restricted. 4P Traffic Area signs are located on each entry to the area, and a number of reminder signs have been installed throughout.

The Southern Traffic Area came into effect from 2 January 2018.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions apply on all public holidays in the Southern Traffic Area.

Apply for a resident or visitor parking permit.

Stadium Residential Traffic Area (Metricon) - event days only

The Stadium Residential Traffic Area (Metricon Stadium - Carrara) restricts parking on event days to two (2) minutes (except as signed) unless a City of Gold Coast issued Resident’s parking permit is displayed on the vehicle.

View the Stadium Residential Traffic Area (Metricon) map.

Additional parking information can be found on Metricon Stadium's website.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays in the Stadium Residential Traffic Area (Metricon) unless otherwise signed for an event.

Apply for a resident event parking permit.

Bundall and Chevron Island Traffic Area

Three hour traffic area (3P) Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (except as signed)

View the Bundall and Chevron Island Traffic Area map.

In response to community concerns about the overflow of commercial parking in the area, the City of Gold Coast introduced changes to the parking surrounding the Bundall/Chevron Island central business district (CBD). Traffic Area entry signs are located on the perimeter of the precinct, which extends north from Ashmore Road to Slatyer Avenue, up Racecourse Drive and east to the Nerang River and to Thomas Drive. Off-street parking at the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct has independent parking restrictions.

The Bundall and Chevron Island Traffic Area entry points are clearly signed and there are reminder signs throughout the area. Parking within this area is limited to three (3) hours on week days, unless otherwise signed.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays in the Bundall and Chevron Island Traffic Area.

Apply for a resident or visitor parking permit.

Southport Traffic Area

Two hour traffic area (2P) Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (except as signed)

View the Southport Traffic Area map.

In response to community concern about the overflow of commercial parking in residential areas surrounding the Gold Coast Central Business District (CBD), the Southport Traffic Area commenced operation in November 2006.

Surveys of unrestricted residential streets surrounding the Gold Coast CBD indicated that on any week day, between 80 and 90 per cent of available parking is occupied, often leaving no available space for residents and their visitors.

In March 2018 the previous Southport Traffic Area boundary was extended. The amended boundaries for the Southport Traffic Area are shown on the Southport Traffic Area map. The entry points are clearly signed and there are reminder signs throughout the area. Parking within this area is limited to two (2) hours on week days unless otherwise signed.

Parking on public holidays

Public holiday parking restrictions vary throughout the city. Please check each area for the relevant information.

Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays in the Southport Traffic Area.

Parking in the CBD

Parking in the CBD is easy and affordable with a number of public and private car parks, as well as on street parking, available. The PayStay app, available on your smart phone, can provide information on parking prices, locations, maximum stay and real time parking availability, making it quicker and easier for visitors to find parking.

Apply for a resident or visitor parking permit.

Resident and visitor parking permit applications

If you require a resident or visitor parking permit for the above traffic areas, you can apply online through our Resident parking permits and Visitor parking permits pages.

More information

For more information regarding parking on the Gold Coast contact:

City Parking
Phone: 07 5667 5989
Fax: 07 5581 6346
Email: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Related information

Jump to key information
  • I live in a complex with more than 20 units; why am I not eligible for a parking permit?

    Public parking in the street and in off-street car parks is provided for the benefit of the Gold Coast community as a whole.

    High density residential developments have the potential to generate excessive demands on limited on-street public parking. The limit on parking permit availability is based on the scale of residential development and the number of cars that could reasonably be accommodated in public parking to ensure fair and equitable access for everyone. If every resident in these buildings had one extra car that they wanted to park in the street, there would be more cars than parking spaces.

    Additionally, there is an obligation under the City's planning scheme for developers of multi-unit developments to provide sufficient parking for residents and visitors within the development site.

  • How long will residents be allowed to park within these identified traffic areas during the day (on weekdays and on weekends)?

    The timed restrictions will vary between two minutes and two hours in event traffic areas, and two to four hours in business as usual traffic areas, depending on the traffic area. Please see each traffic area for specific days and hours of restriction.

  • Will there be an hourly charge for residents to park within these traffic areas?

    Residential parking will be free for those who are eligible permit holders. However, time restrictions will apply.

    Residents who are eligible under the existing permit scheme may be able to get up to three resident parking permits to park for an unrestricted period of time on-street for free.

    Residents who have visitors for longer than the timed parking restrictions may be eligible to purchase one or more visitor parking permits for an annual fee of $88.

  • Will these traffic areas operate permanently or only during events?

    The Main Beach, Robina Traffic Areas and Stadium Residential (Metricon) Traffic Areas will operate during events only, while the other traffic areas will be for business as usual parking management. However, it should be noted that the hours/days of operation for the business as usual traffic areas may change during GC2018 to support the games parking management strategy.

  • Will parking meters be installed in the new traffic areas?

    No additional parking meters will be installed as part of the traffic area amendments. The only parking meters in the traffic areas are those already in place in the core commercial precincts (Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Bundall).

  • What parking options are available at the beach?

    Beachfront parking options will not change for most users within the proposed traffic areas as many beachfront areas are already restricted by timed parking limits.

  • What would happen if a resident within one of the traffic areas was having a large number of guests over the weekend?

    Parking restrictions will only apply on Saturday and Sunday in the Southern Traffic Area. However, if an event is taking place in one of the three event traffic areas (Metricon, Robina and Main Beach) the parking restrictions will apply for the duration of the event (which may include Saturday and Sunday). All other traffic area parking restrictions will only apply Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. However, these parking restrictions may change during GC2018.

  • Do these traffic areas all link up along our beachfront north of Miami?

    No, the restrictions in Main Beach, for example, only apply during events.

  • What allowances will be made for community organisations like surf clubs, nippers, etc?

    Surf life saving clubs are already allocated free/unrestricted parking spaces by the City for their volunteers on weekends and public holidays.

    Events/Nippers training are usually held on the weekends and public holidays when the parking restrictions do not apply. Therefore, surf clubs are unlikely to be impacted by the parking changes.

    Parking is a premium around many of the City’s surf clubs and, as a result, parking in the vicinity of many clubs is already time restricted:

    • Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club – various time limits, from one hour to all day parking (free and paid options available)
    • Kurrawa Surf Club – currently three (3) hours free parking (this will not change)
    • Northcliffe Surf Club - currently unrestricted, however, the club have asked for the adjacent on-street parking spaces to be three hours and this work is currently being undertaken
    • Bilinga Surf Life Saving Club – free, unrestricted off-street carpark, and currently some on-street is free and some is four hours. All on-street will be four hours.
    • Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club - currently on-street unrestricted – proposed three hours.
  • What about businesses/employees within those traffic areas?

    Many of these areas already have timed parking restrictions, however, there is likely to be some impact on all kerbside users. It is important to remember these measures are being put in place to manage a problem that has been created due to overflow parking from commercial and educational land uses.

  • Will the parking restrictions apply on public holidays?

    Parking restrictions will only apply on public holidays in the Southern Traffic Area, and the event traffic areas (Metricon, Robina and Main Beach) when an event is being held.

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