Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

View of fitness centre from across the pool

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class swimming and aquatic venue located in the Gold Coast's stunning Broadwater Parklands.

A star performer during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, GCAC was the venue for the swimming and diving events. The Centre continues to host regular local, national and international elite sporting competitions.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 5am to 8pm
  • Saturday, 6am to 5pm
  • Sunday, 7am to 4pm

We are open every day except Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day.

Cashless payments only from 1 July 2022

Please note that Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will not accept cash from 1 July 2022. Payment can be made by debit card, MasterCard or Visa.

Pool entry prices & membership (pool only)

Entry prices

Table with two columns, type of admission and fee
General admission Fee
Adult (16 years ) $6.40
Child (2 to 15 years) $4.80
Concession (pensioner / full-time student) $4.80
Child under 2 years Free
Carer or support person of person with a disability Free
Parent/carer and child (2 to 15 years) $9.40
Family pass (4 swimmers, maximum 2 adults) $18.00
Non-swimmer/spectator $3.10

Multi-visit passes and pool membership

The following memberships and multi-visit passes are for pool access only. For information about group fitness and aqua classes visit our Fitness centres page.

Multi-visit passes (pool access only)

Admission passes can be purchased at any City-operated aquatic centre and are valid only for use at the centre of purchase.

Type of multi-visit pass Paid in full
Adult 25-visit pass $141
Child 25-visit pass $99
Adult 10-visit pass $57
Child 10-visit pass $41

Pool membership

Access to pools only. Memberships are available on a fortnightly direct debit.

Type of membership Direct Debit per fortnight
Adult 12-month membership $37
Child and concession 12-month membership $24.80

Memberships can also be paid up front in full. They are valid for the purchase term and no administration fee applies.

Type of membership Paid in full
Adult 12-month membership $962
Child and concession 12-month membership $644
Adult 3-month membership $240.50
Child and concession 3-month membership $161.20

For additional fees and charges, please see the City's Register of fees and charges.

Fitness membership (all access, including pools)

Fitness memberships allow all-access to our fitness centre, group fitness and aqua classes as well as our pools. To find out how to become an all-access Fitness Member, view membership fees or the latest group fitness timetable, visit our Fitness centres.

Learn to swim program

From group lessons, casual lessons, to one on one private lessons, our programs are suited to infants up to adults of all ages and abilities.

For more information visit our Learn to swim page.

Indoor pool public hours

The indoor warm water pool is available for public use at the following times:

Monday to Friday
5am – 8am
12pm – 3pm
7pm – 8pm

6am – 7am
12pm – 5pm

7am – 8am
12pm – 4pm

Public access to pools may be restricted at times due to events or bookings. Contact the centre directly if you have any questions around public access.

Diving program & facilities

Our centre is home of diving on the Gold Coast and offers quality coaching for beginners right through to elite athletes.

To find out more, visit our Diving program & facilities page.

School swimming programs & carnivals

Our centre offers school swimming and learn to dive programs and is the perfect venue for your school's swimming carnival.

For more information visit our School swimming programs & carnivals page.

Squad, swimming & diving clubs


A comprehensive junior, senior through to adult squad program is available at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. Programs are suitable for all abilities and cater for general fitness right through to competitive pool, surf and triathlon swimming.

The squad program is delivered by BE Swim Coaching.

For information about swim squads at GCAC, including squad timetables, visit BE Swim Coaching or call them on 0403 757 821.

Southport Olympic Swim Club

Southport Olympic Swim Club (SOSC) has a long history of coaching some of Australia's best known swimmers.

SOSC caters for all swimming levels from juniors, state, national age group and Australian Open and international competitors.

For more information on coaches and programs, please contact Southport Olympic Swim Club.

Paradise Dive Club

Paradise Diving Club has been established at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre since 1998. PDC offers weekly dive lessons, school holiday learn to dive clinics, school sport programs and competition development.

For more information, visit Paradise Diving Club.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Date Event Times Allocated space
21 to 23 May Artistic Swimming Queensland State Championships Saturday 8am to 3pm
Sunday 8am to 2pm
Dive pool
28 May 2022 Gold Coast Pool Rescue Championships 8.30am to 3pm 50m competition pool
4 June Southport Olympic Swim Club meet 7am to 2pm 50m training pool
18 June Gold Coast Swimming meet 7am to 2pm 50m training pool
26 June Freediving Gold Coast 9.15am to 12.15pm 2 x lanes 50m competition pool
2 and 3 July Gold Coast Marathon All day Centre closed
4 to 9 July Underwater Hockey National Championships 8am to 7pm 50m competition pool
23 to 24 July QLD Pool Rescue Championships 7.30am to 5pm 50m competition and dive pool
30 to 31 July Swimming Gold Cost Championships 8am to 3pm 50m training pool
4 to 7 August Australian Pool Rescue Championships TBC 50m competition and dive pool
12 August APS water polo 1 to 3pm 50m competition and dive pool

Please note: Parking may be limited during these dates. Event information regarding tickets or schedules are to be obtained by the event organisers. We are unable to provide this information.


We work to ensure that all people can participate in activities at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (GCAC) in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Accessible and inclusive features at GCAC include:

  • accessible parking located at the main entrance
  • wheelchair accessible main entry and exit gates
  • main entrance reception desk with accessible height area
  • accessible toilet and change room amenities
  • accessible pool hoist / chairlift access all pools operated by fully trained staff
  • ramped wheelchair access to the program pool
  • automatic doors and entry gates
  • lift access to level one function rooms, event seating and the fitness centre
  • floatation belts and other devices
  • staff trained as Teachers of Aquatics – Access and Inclusion (TAI).

Our Accessible & Inclusive City Action Plan identifies measurable actions to improve access to services at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

View the Southport CBD and Broadwater Parklands mobility map on Google maps.

Download Southport CBD and Broadwater Parklands mobility map(PDF, 4MB)

Function room hire

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre offers modern, versatile meeting rooms and open-air event spaces with views of our world-class pools and stunning Broadwater.

For more information visit our Function room hire page.


Metered parking is available at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and in the local Broadwater area. For more information visit our Broadwater carpark page.

Limited free parking is available at the centre for certain ongoing membership or enrolment types and is conditional on that membership or enrolment being paid and up to date.

Limited free parking is available for:

  • learn to swim enrolments on an ongoing direct debit.
  • squad enrolments on an ongoing direct debit
  • pool only memberships – 12 and 6 months only
  • fitness centre memberships – 12 and 6 months only
  • fitness centre 25-visit pass.



Public access to pools may be restricted at times due to school swimming carnivals and other aquatic events booked at the centre. See the Upcoming events section above for details. While we do our best to update members and visitors or any events at the centre, there may be last minute changes to programs. Contact the centre direct if you have any questions around public access.


Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Marine Parade, Southport 4215  
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