Broadwater Parklands

Image of Broadwater Parklands jumping pillow

Broadwater Parklands is a world-class community and cultural parkland, loved by Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. At the heart of the parklands is a vast expanse of green that is ideal for family picnics and fun. The Great Lawn hosts some of the city's most popular events such as the Gold Coast Marathon, Mayors Christmas Carols and Monster Machinery Day.

Download our Broadwater Parklands map(PDF, 4MB)

Things to do and see

View all the upcoming events and activations on our events calendar.

What's on at Broadwater Parklands


We pride ourselves on being an accessible park. There are parking spaces for people with a disability in each of the park's carparks. The barbecues in the northern section of the park are accessible by wheelchairs.

Fancy a swing? Don't miss out, have a go on the Liberty Swing found at the Washington Waters Playground. Please contact our onsite security for access on 0439 580 243.

Each toilet block at the Parklands has an accessible option. Broadwater Parklands is also home to one of only five Changing Places toilets on the Gold Coast. This toilet includes an adjustable height change table, ceiling tracking hoist and shower. A Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) is required for access. Day visitors, who are eligible for a key, may borrow one from the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre located in the Parklands. Contact the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on phone 07 5582 8282 or email Accessible car parking spaces are located directly outside the Changing Places toilet.

Download equipment instructions and conditions of use from our Changing Places toilets page.

Mobility map

A mobility map that includes information about the location of accessible toilets, change facilities, accessible car parking spaces, pathway gradients, location of kerb ramps and key buildings and services, plus transport information for light rail stations, bus stops and bus routes is available to view on Google maps. You can also download a PDF version of the Southport CBD and Broadwater Parklands mobility map.


The Parklands has many a shady tree to sit under where you can enjoy a picnic. You can use one of our 14 barbecues or, if you would like something prepared for you, visit one of our onsite restaurants. You can either dine in or takeaway one of their delicious options.

The Fish Shak and Shak Expresso

The Fish Shak eatery offers only the best locally caught fresh seafood, straight from the trawler to your plate. Dine in or grab some fish and chips for a picnic in the park.

Shak Expresso is an espresso and ice cream bar offering freshly-made barista coffee using a unique blend of Piazza Doro beans. Shak Espresso is open seven days a week.

Phone: 07 5532 0109

Café Catalina

Cafe Catalina is a full service restaurant here in Broadwater Parklands with the outdoor bar embracing its fantastic position on the Broadwater side of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Phone: 07 5571 0390

Visit The Rockpools water play

This is an exciting, sculptural water playground. The water play area is designed with cool water fountains and vibrant marine-themed equipment. It includes a creek bed and several tidal rockpools for children to splash, dam and explore.

Rockpools opening hours

  • January and February: 8am to 6pm
  • March: 9am to 5pm
  • April: 9am to 4pm (Tuesdays open at 11am and Anzac Day open at 12pm)
  • May to August: 9am to 3pm (Tuesdays open at 11am)
  • September and October: 8am to 5pm (Tuesdays open at 11am)
  • November: 8am to 6pm (Tuesdays open at 11am) 
  • December: 8am to 6pm (Christmas Day opens at 12pm)  

* Hours may change due to weather conditions.

Visit our play attractions

With three different playgrounds within the parklands there is something to suit every child and age.

The northern play attraction will be subject to a multi-million dollar upgrade in the 2020-21 financial year, with additional parking being added in that section to cater for park patrons. Visit the Broadwater Parklands Play Attraction project page for more information.

The Adventure play attraction sits in the centre of the park just near The Rockpools. This playground caters for younger children with a make-believe pirate ship and interactive learn, play equipment.

Washington Waters play attraction sits adjacent to Australia Fair. Fly through the air on the Flying Fox or take a tandem pedal ride on the monorail. The play equipment in this playground caters to the older child who enjoys a rigorous and energetic play session.

Jump around on the Bouncy Pillow

Bouncy pillow opening hours

  • December–January: 7am to 7pm
  • February–March: 7am to 6pm
  • April–August: 7am to 5.30pm
  • September–November: 7am to 6pm

Catch a ride on the Hopo Ferry Service

The City of Gold Coast, together with local business Ferry I, have launched the city's first public ferry service called Hopo.

The two-year Hopo ferry trial will link key destinations with initial ferry stops at:

  • Sea World at Main Beach
  • Broadwater Parklands at Southport
  • Marina Mirage at Main Beach
  • Home of the Arts (HOTA) at Surfers Paradise
  • Appel Park at Surfers Paradise.

For further information including timetables and pricing please visit the Hopo website.

Go for a swim in the swimming enclosure

The swimming enclosure is popular with children and those who prefer calm natural swimming waters. The Southport swimming enclosure is located near the Washington Waters Playground with easy access to toilets. The enclosure even has a permanent jumping pontoon.

Residents and visitors are reminded to follow this advice when using the swimming enclosure:

  • supervise children at all times
  • keep clear of floating collar and underwater net
  • take care when entering as depth will vary with tide
  • do not swim alone
  • be aware marine creatures may exist within the enclosure
  • do not attempt to swim to enclosure boundaries.

Visit the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Upgraded in 2014 to meet international competition standards the centre now has six pools. Centre facilities include:

  • a learn to swim pool
  • two 50-metre pools (including a 10-lane competition pool)
  • an impressive dry land dive training facility
  • a fully equipped fitness centre
  • an onsite café
  • a crèche
  • multi-function meeting rooms.

Check out the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre page for more information.

Exercise at Broadwater Parklands

With over five kilometres of footpath spanning from Sundale Bridge to Loders Creek and back, Broadwater Parklands is the perfect spot for a walk, run or cycle. Please remember that the footpaths are shared so please be careful if on a bicycle of pedestrians, children and animals.

In addition to the perfect cardio workout, in 2019 an outdoor gym became the next addition to the parklands. The outdoor fitness area provides a range of static equipment for body weight & functional movement exercises. The equipment caters for people with varying degrees of skills and abilities, including people in wheelchairs.

Dogs at Broadwater Parklands

Friendly dogs on the leash are welcome at Broadwater Parklands. Please note that dogs are totally prohibited in all children's playground areas.

There are no dog off leash areas within the park. Use our Park Finder to find the closest dog off leash area.

Book and host a private or public event at The Parklands

The parklands has some of the most stunning views on the Gold Coast. Many people have enjoyed hiring space within the park, taking advantage of these views to host their public or private events.

The Parklands is also a popular wedding ceremony venue, with our dedicated rooftop ceremony location providing an amazing backdrop for those special occasions!

For more information about booking a space to host your event, including our fees and charges, visit Broadwater Parklands hireable spaces.



Subscribe to our mailing list

Get updates delivered directly to your inbox and keep up-to-date with the all the great activities and events happening at the Broadwater Parklands.


View our Privacy notice


Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport 4215  
View map and directions on Google

Google Map