Swimming enclosures

City of Gold Coast has developed a network of enclosed swimming areas, located alongside playgrounds, barbecues and shopping facilities. These swimming enclosures are popular with children and those who prefer calm natural swimming waters.

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

  • 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
  • be aware enclosures are not patrolled (except Broadwater Parklands during September, Summer and Easter school holiday periods)
  • waves and currents may affect swimming conditions
  • be aware there can be shallow sand banks, sudden drop-offs and deep water
  • do not swim for 3 days after heavy rainfall
  • do not swim in water that looks discoloured, murky or smells unpleasant
  • waves and currents may affect swimming conditions
  • fishing and yabby pumping is not permitted in swimming enclosures
  • be respectful & courteous of others.

Click on the subheadings below for more information about each swimming enclosure.

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Broadwater Parklands and Rockpools wet play area

Young children love the City's first wet play area at the Rockpools, Broadwater Parklands in Southport (opposite Australia Fair). The park is designed around the theme of Southport's culture and environment with water fountains and vibrant marine-themed equipment. Barbecues, playgrounds and convenient parking are available. The Southport swimming enclosure is a short stroll to the south.

When swimming in the enclosure be aware that:

  • the pontoon is 50 metres from shore. If you are not a strong swimmer, use a buoyancy aid or don't swim to the pontoon
  • pontoons and ladders may be slippery or sharp due to marine growth
  • do not run or dive off the floating pontoons or push others into the water.

Harley Park swimming lagoon

This swimming lagoon is located on the Broadwater foreshore near the corner of Broad Street and Marine Parade at Labrador. The enclosure is adjacent to the Charis Seafood Market and offers barbecue facilities nearby.

Harley Park swimming lagoon is flood-lit in the evenings for the convenience of patrons. 

Keep off the geo-bag weir as it can be slippery.

HOTA Parklands swimming lagoon

The HOTA Parklands swimming lagoon is located behind the City's Council Chambers, off Bundall Road. The lagoon offers a sheltered swimming environment with adjacent beach and recreational areas. Surrounding amenities include toilets and showers, picnic areas with barbecues and shaded seating. For more information on the facilities available, visit the HOTA Parklands page.

Do not dive or jump from the nearby pedestrian bridge and do not climb on the bridge railings.

Jabiru Island swimming enclosure

The Jabiru Island swimming enclosure is located on Jabiru Island along Oxley Drive between Paradise Point and Hope Island. The swimming enclosure can be accessed through the car park adjacent to the public boat ramp on the southern side of the island. There are picnic and barbecue facilities within the park near the enclosure. For more information on the facilities available, visit the Jabiru Island Park page.

Jacobs Well swimming enclosure

Jacobs Well swimming enclosure is located directly to the north of the Jacobs Well Air Sea Rescue, off Jacobs Well Road. The enclosure consists of approximately 150 metres of netting suspended from floating pontoons. The enclosure has a beach area, and barbecue and picnic facilities have been provided in the adjacent park land.

Murlong swimming enclosure

The Murlong swimming enclosure in Palm Beach has approximately 70 metres of beach where children can play in the sand or go for a swim in a netted enclosure. Installed within the beach are a number of shade structures to escape from the sun. Murlong Crescent also offers drinking fountains, beach showers and toilets for your convenience. There are also picnic tables and gas barbecues. Free car parking is available, along with a boat ramp.

Paradise Point swimming enclosure

The Paradise Point swimming enclosure is located adjacent to the main shopping area at Paradise Point, near the corner of Falkinder Avenue and the Esplanade. A large netted enclosure has been established on the foreshore just north of the Ephraim Island bridge.

Southport swimming enclosure

This swimming enclosure is located in the Broadwater opposite Australia Fair. Permanent beach umbrellas and barbecues are also provided, along with a large children's playground and toilets. The swimming enclosure has a permanent jumping pontoon.

Tipplers South Stradbroke Island swimming enclosure

The Tipplers swimming enclosure is located along the pristine beach at the Tipplers camping grounds, South Stradbroke Island. Surrounding amenities include toilets, café and kiosk.