HOTA Project

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

Located within walking distance from Surfers Paradise, HOTA (the Home of the Arts) is fast becoming the beating heart and home of arts and culture on the Gold Coast.

Since 2013, the HOTA Project has transformed our city's 16.9-hectare cultural precinct, delivering the outdoor stage and concert lawn, Green Bridge to Chevron Island and HOTA Gallery.

The new HOTA Lyric Theatre

Subject to Council endorsement and funding allocation, the next phase of delivery will be a new state-of-the-art Lyric Theatre, to meet the needs of our growing city.

Lyric theatres are designed to accommodate major theatrical productions involving music. They have the technical capacity to host a wide variety of performances, including musicals, ballet, opera, comedy and live music.

The new Lyric Theatre at HOTA will be similar in scale to the major theatres in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It will have 1800 audience seats and be designed to attract around 200 performances of blockbuster international and national touring shows to the city each year.

We are working with international design competition winning architects, ARM, on the design of the Lyric Theatre. It includes a First Nations overlay incorporating stories of place.

New facilities proposed include:

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


The project is expected to generate significant economic and employment benefits:

  • $376 million in economic output and 700 jobs during construction
  • $62 million in total sales contributed to the economy annually
  • $28 million value added to the local economy annually
  • over 1200 jobs for local arts workers, retailers, hospitality, accommodation and visitor associated businesses
  • attracting an extra 250,000+ visitors to the HOTA precinct annually, boosting surrounding businesses


Allied industry development

At its meeting in January 2023 Council noted the importance of partnerships and allied opportunities that develop and invest in HOTA. They bring resources, participants and content to the precinct.

They are important to enhancing the vitality and viability of the precinct as a vibrant destination similar to capital city precincts such as Barangaroo in Sydney, Southbank Brisbane, Federation Square in Melbourne and Elizabeth Quay Perth.

Council also resolved to undertake an expression of interest process to identify and shortlist respondents capable  of delivering a Digital Education, Screen and Production Facility development on the HOTA site Masterplan, by way of lease.

At completion of the current process, an update report on the outcomes will be provided to Council for consideration, prior to inviting written tenders.

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 the City 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.

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.

Investigations found that Gold Coast cultural facilities fall short of those in other comparable Australian cities and even smaller regional centres such as Toowoomba and Dunedin which each have a 1600 seat theatre.

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.

An updated business case in 2023, found that the Lyric Theatre has a strong socio economic benefit of $2 generated for every $1 invested in the precinct.

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.


135 Bundall Road, Bundall 4217  
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