Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

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Aquatics

A venue for swimming and diving events during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has world-class swimming and aquatic facilities. Find details about these facilities, opening hours, pool entry pricing, and more.

Centre information

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Learn to swim

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre offers classes for children from 3 months old through to adult swimmers.
Enrol your child in swimming lessons and receive the first lesson free. Enrolled children can swim anytime for free!

Learn to swim

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Fitness centre

Our modern gym and functional areas feature an extensive range of resistance machines and free weight equipment. Enjoy access to over 55 group fitness classes each week, as well as amazing pool and aquatic facilities. Pool only or all-access memberships available.

Become a member


Opening hours

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (GCAC) and fitness centre is located in the Gold Coast's stunning Broadwater Parklands.

Opening hours are as follows:

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

Winter hours (1 June to 31 August)

  • Monday to Friday, 5am to 8pm
  • Saturday, 6am to 4pm
  • Sunday and public holidays, 8am to 3pm

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

Hire an aquatic centre

To hire a pool, lane, meeting or function room for your next event, please submit a request to book one of our aquatic centres.

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Cashless payments only

Please note that Gold Coast Aquatic Centre does not accept cash. Payment can be made by debit card, Mastercard or Visa.

Features and facilities

GCAC has world-class facilities swimming, diving and fitness facilities. The Centre continues to host regular local, national and international elite sporting competitions. It's also available for school swimming carnivals and other aquatic competitions such as water polo and underwater hockey.

There's a kiosk, plus modern, versatile meeting rooms and open-air event spaces with views of our world-class pools available for hire.

Pool and diving facilities and features

  • 50-metre outdoor competition pool
  • 50-metre outdoor training pool
  • 25-metre outdoor program pool
  • Indoor, heated learn to swim pool
  • Outdoor dive pool: 33m x 22m
  • Indoor dry dive facility
  • Change rooms and storage lockers
  • Toilets
  • Lifeguard support

All outdoor pools at the GCAC are heated to 28 degrees Celsius and can be adjusted according to particular events or requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact reception on 07 5582 8282 or email aquaticcentre@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Lane availability

Please see below for pool and lane availability at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Lane availability

Please note: Lane availability may differ to what is stated on the website due to last minute events. If you have any questions about lane availability, please contact reception on 07 5582 8282.

Pool entry prices

Entry prices

Table with two columns, type of admission and fee
General admission Fee
Adult (16 years ) $6.80
Child (2 to 15 years) $5.10
Concession (pensioner / full-time student) $5.10
Child under 2 years Free
Companion of a person with a disability (with a valid companion card) Free
Parent/carer and child (2 to 15 years) $10.20
Family pass (4 swimmers, maximum 2 adults) $19.00
Extra child on a family pass $3.10
Non-swimmer/spectator $3.30
Pool entry Active & Healthy 45 minute class $5.20
Underwater hockey club $9.40
Swimming competency assessment $22.00

Multi-visit passes (pool access only)

Admission passes can be purchased at any City-operated aquatic centre and can be used between Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and Pimpama Sports Hub (excludes Upper Coomera Aquatic Centre).

Type of multi-visit pass Paid in full
Adult 25-visit pass $153
Child and concession 25-visit pass $107
Adult 10-visit pass $61
Child and concession 10-visit pass $45

Buy Pool visit pass

Concession visit passes can be purchased at the venue.

If you would prefer to become a pool member, visit our Fitness centres page for information about pool only and all-access fitness memberships.

Group fitness and aqua classes timetable

To view the latest group fitness timetable, see the Related information section at the foot of this page or visit our fitness centre 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
6:30pm – 8pm

Saturday
6am – 7am
12pm – 4pm

Sunday
8am – 8.30am
11am – 3pm

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, including booking enquiries, 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

Squad

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
6 May Labour Day – No learn to swim or group fitness classes 7am to 4pm
Whole facility
8–11 May Water Polo QLD Australian Country Championships Wed: 10am to 8pm
Thurs: 9.30am to 7.30pm
Fri: 8am to 8pm
Sat: 8am to 4.30pm
Competition pool
18 May Griffith Pirates Water Polo Dean Hofstee Tournament 10am to 5pm Competition pool
21 May – 1 June Swimming New Zealand Paralympic Training Camp 1am to 9am
4pm to 6pm
2 x 50m competition pool lanes
1 June SLSQ Gold Coast Pool Rescue Competition 10am to 4pm Competition pool
2 June Southport Olympic Club Development Meet 8am to 3pm Training pool
7–9 June Underwater Hockey Kings Cup Fri: 6pm to 8pm
Sat: 10.30am to 6pm
Sun: 8:30am to 3pm
Competition pool
29 June Swimming Gold Coast Short Course Preparation Meet 7:30am to 2pm Training 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.

Accessibility

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.

Parking

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact reception on 07 5582 8282 or email aquaticcentre@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Location

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Marine Parade, Southport 4215  
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