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Popular parks for fitness

Park facilities are free and are a great way to improve your fitness level and general coordination.

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Popular parks for fitness

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

The health and wellbeing of the Gold Coast community, our customers and City employees is our first priority.

The City is receiving advice from the Federal Government and Queensland Health on a daily basis to inform our response to the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the city.

Parks remain open with visitors encouraged to take recommended health and social distancing precautions.

From Saturday 16 May the following City park services and facilities will resume:

  • all playgrounds, gym equipment and barbecues open
  • skate parks and outdoor basketball courts open
  • sports fields and parks are open for use by families, friends and members of the same household (up to 10 people) for outdoor non-contact activity. Fields and parks are not open for organised sporting activity such as training and matches.
  • park bookings are open for up to 10 people
  • Broadwater Parklands is open however the bouncy pillow and rockpool wet play will remain temporarily closed. Rotary chapel open for weddings up to 10 people and Southport Pier open
  • free tree scheme reopened.

Water fountains/bubblers: Based on advice from Queensland Health, these will remain turned on; however users should practice appropriate hygiene. The City will increase cleaning frequency.

Soap dispensers are available in some public amenities in our most popular parks.

The State Government has placed restrictions and closures on Queensland national parks, state forests and recreational areas. Selected areas have been reopened. Visit the Department of Environment and Science's website for information.

City-owned nature trails are open however we remind everyone to abide by current social distancing restrictions.

Complaints about non–compliance with current social distancing regulations should be referred to Police link hotline 131 444.

For the latest update on the City's response, visit

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Not only can you go for a walk or jog along our wonderful oceanways, there are also many fun, stimulating and challenging fitness circuits in our parks.

Facilities are free and are a great way to improve your fitness level and general coordination. Equipment varies in different parks and can include cross trainer, stepper, ab-hip swinger, ezy rider, shoulder press, rowing machine, cycle seat, butterfly press, push up and sit up boards.

Read instructions on how to use the HealthBeat fitness equipment in our parks.

Albert Park, Broadbeach Waters

180 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters

Open green space, trees to relax under and simple facilities await in this local park. A great place to take the kids for a kick of the footy, the dog for a short stroll or just a place to find a bit of peace in a hectic world. More information

Discovery Park, Helensvale

84 Discovery Drive, Helensvale

For those who enjoy a picnic outdoors. Let the kids entertain themselves on the playground. More information

Frascott Park, Varsity Lakes

34A Frascott Avenue, Varsity Lakes

Open green space, trees to relax under and facilities such as a playground, dog agility area and fitness equipment await in this park. A great place to take the kids for a kick of the footy, or the dog for a short stroll. More information

James Overell Park, Southport

Brighton Parade, Southport

For those who enjoy a picnic outdoors. Let the kids entertain themselves on the playground. More information

Justins Park, Burleigh Heads

The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads

Located right on the foreshore, Justins Park is a great park for kids and adults alike. There are many picnic tables or park bench seats, the perfect place to just sit, listen to the rainbow lorikeets and lapping waves, and watch the world go by! Make a day of it and bring a picnic, or grab some fish and chips and soak in the Burleigh atmosphere. More information

Home Of The Arts Parklands, Surfers Paradise

Ouyan Street, Surfers Paradise

Home Of The Arts Parklands is home to a swimming lagoon, popular with nippers training and recreational swims. The lagoon offers a sheltered swimming environment. The surrounding amenities include toilets and showers perfect for that after swim refresh. More information

Kurrawa Pratten Park, Broadbeach

The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Recently upgraded, this park offers the latest in barbeque facilities, picnic tables, amenities and a huge kids playground. Beautiful location overlooking the water. More information

Paradise Point Parklands, Paradise Point

The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Paradise Point Parklands are the perfect location for a stroll, picnic, fun in the playground or to simply relax overlooking the water. The amazing views make this one of the most beautiful parks on the Gold Coast. The winding walkway through the Parklands provides a great way to start exploring the many features on offer. More information

Philip Park, Main Beach

SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach

A beautiful location for a wedding. Great park for fitness. More information

Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Recreation park fronting the beautiful Surfers Paradise beach. More information

Varsity Central Park

Assembly Drive, Varsity Lakes

Located in the heart of Varsity Lakes, this park is perfect for the next family get together with picnic shelters and barbecue facilities available. Central Park is also home to the Varsity Lakes Outdoor Gym, the largest free outdoor gym on the Gold Coast - which was opened to the community in December 2017. With 17 workout stations, hopscotch, a handball court and half-basketball court - the facility caters for all fitness levels and is the perfect sport for that next outdoor workout.

Your exercise can continue after the sun goes down, with all stations fully lit, conveniently undercover for all weather conditions and a handy charging station port for your devices nearby.

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