HOTA Project

  • Project typeArts & culture
  • Project schedule2013 - ongoing
Aerial of HOTA with Surfers Paradise in the background

Located within walking distance from Surfers Paradise, the Home of the Arts project (HOTA) is transforming our city's 16.9-hectare cultural precinct.

Over 7 years, we have delivered $130 million of capital investment including an outdoor stage and concert lawn, a Green Bridge to Chevron Island and the HOTA Gallery.

HOTA has fast become the beating heart and home of arts and culture on the Gold Coast.

Investigating new performing arts facilities

In March 2022, Council endorsed funding to start investigation and early design works for the final piece of our cultural evolution to refurbish the existing HOTA building and create a new performing arts theatre.

The 2022–2023 City Budget provided $2 million in funding to progress business case activities, develop a detailed brief and early design works.

New facilities will include:

  • a new 1800-seat lyric theatre
  • a refurbished 800-seat theatre
  • new foyers and food and beverage facilities
  • studio spaces
  • structured carparking
  • urban design upgrade and interfaces.

The 2022–2023 works will include further investigation to incorporate carparking into the existing performing arts complex footprint unlocking the potential for other opportunities on the southwestern part of the HOTA site.

View the 7 March 2022 Special Council Meeting minutes(PDF, 21MB).

HOTA masterplan mid-level review

A masterplan for the 16.9-hectare site was developed following an international design competition in 2013. ARM Architecture Topotek1 won the competition with a flexible design that allowed the cultural precinct to be delivered in stages. The design team worked with our project team throughout 2014 to fine tune the site-wide masterplan for HOTA which was endorsed by Council in 2015.

With 3 major components of the HOTA masterplan delivered, we undertook a mid-level review to help Council make decisions on future stages of the project. The review reconfirmed the components of the masterplan already endorsed by Council with updates to include a structured carpark integrated with the theatre expansion.

The review also confirmed previous business case work demonstrating a need for a large format 1800-seat lyric theatre and a smaller 800-seat theatre on the Gold Coast. The existing performing arts complex at HOTA is over 30 years old and showing signs of ageing and deterioration. A lack of choice, flexibility and the limited capacity of the existing performing arts theatre sees the Gold Coast community miss out on performances from smaller scale musicals and live music to concerts and events requiring larger venues.

Completed facilities

HOTA Gallery

  • Completed in 2021, the HOTA Gallery has a 1000-square metre main exhibition gallery designed for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale as well as a children's gallery, exhibition space for the City Collection and temporary collections, and 900 square metres of collection storage, work space and crate storage.
  • Built over 6 levels, the visual arts facility has over 2000 square metres of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space.

HOTA Green Bridge

  • Completed in 2020, the green bridge to Chevron Island brings HOTA within walking distance of Surfers Paradise and the light rail corridor via Chevron Island.
  • The pedestrian and cycle link spans 130 metres across the Nerang River, connecting HOTA to the Thomas Drive retail and restaurant strip.

HOTA Outdoor Stage and Concert Lawn

  • Completed in 2017, the outdoor stage and concert lawn cater for concerts, events, festivals and civic receptions
  • It accommodates audiences of up to 5000.

Watch our cultural evolution.


135 Bundall Road, Bundall 4217  
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