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Nobby Beach revitalisation

Nobby Beach Urban Revitalisation will see a transformation of the business precinct, turning some of the existing parking area into a pedestrian plaza and public space.

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G:link light rail - Stage 3

With the next stage of light rail planned to link Broadbeach South and Burleigh Heads, the City of Gold Coast is committed to revitalising urban areas along the light rail corridor, especially station precincts. We’re getting ready by developing the urban design improvements to Nobby Beach. Nobby Beach Urban Revitalisation will see a transformation of the business precinct, turning some of the existing car parking area into a pedestrian plaza and dining space.

Stage 3 - Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads

Light Rail Stage 3A

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A is the next part of a bigger plan to connect light rail from the heavy rail network at Helensvale Station to Coolangatta via the Gold Coast Airport.

Preliminary Business Case

The extension of light rail to Burleigh Heads will require funding from the Australian Government, the Queensland Government and the City. Completion of a Preliminary Business Case is an important first step in the process to secure project funding it provides government with an initial assessment of the costs and benefits of the project.

The Preliminary Business Case for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A was completed by the City in December 2017. The following provides a summary of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A Preliminary Business Case for the proposed Stage 3A extension of light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads.

Download the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A Preliminary Business Case summary (PDF 3.5mb)

Community consultation and engagement

The City conducted a stakeholder engagement and community consultation process from 4 June to 7 July 2017. For information on community engagement details and results visit GChavyoursay

Detailed Business Case

Following the Preliminary Business Case, the Queensland Government in partnership with the City of Gold Coast is now producing a Detailed Business Case for Stage 3A. A key output of the business case is the development of a reference design. The Detailed Business Case is expected to be complete by late 2018 and will inform government about the proposed route, station locations, procurement, financial and budget implications of the project.

Community engagement during August 2018 encouraged feedback on the project. Community drop-in sessions in Burleigh Heads and Mermaid Beach gave the community the opportunity to view reference design maps, meet project team members, learn more about the proposed extension and provide feedback on the project. An online survey at was another way the community could get involved in the project. Community feedback during the engagement period will help inform the Detailed Business Case.

Revitalising Nobby Beach

Artist Impression – Nobby Beach Urban Revitalisation. Click to enlarge

The new light rail station will offer easier access to this unique coastal village. The project will result in a facelift for the area and will transform parts of existing car parking area into a revitalised social hub. There'll also be changed traffic conditions, better walking and cycling access as well as increased parking in Chairlift Avenue.

This lively space could also feature enhancements including:

  • reconfigured parking
  • landscaping
  • seating
  • pedestrian connections
  • cycle access and storage
  • outdoor dining space
  • public art
  • safety improvements.

For more information about the draft urban design improvements and to view artist impressions and plans check out the Nobby Beach Revitalisation Look Book.

Public art

The City is transforming our public spaces with public art across the city. A key feature of the Nobby Beach urban revitalisation is the iconic Urban Oasis artwork featuring four large-scale stainless steel shield fern leaves to showcase foliage that once grew abundantly across the Gold Coast. The shield fern can be found today in Springbrook National Park.

Urban Oasis is the work of international Artist Alex Pentek. Each of the steel fern leaves stand around 10 metres high and reflect the city’s sub-tropical coastal rainforest heritage. The four structures depict various stages of the fern’s growth as they emerge out of the ground at Nobby Beach.

Planning journey


  • Initial concept urban designs developed for Nobby Beach.
  • Community engagement on Gold Coast Light Rail 3A and urban design opportunities at Nobby Beach and Burleigh Heads.


  • City progresses urban design plans for Nobby Beach in preparation for future light rail.
  • Local business and community inputs to draft revitalisation plans.
  • Refine and finalise detailed design.

2020 and beyond

  • Local engagement on final design.
  • Deliver in conjunction with Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3.

Give your feedback

If you have feedback about the proposed urban revitalisation plans for Nobby Beach get in touch with the team during October so your ideas can be considered as part of the planning.

For more information or to provide feedback contact us:

Phone: 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326)

Future stages of Light Rail

City Transport Strategy 2031 proposes further extensions of the Gold Coast Light Rail once Stage 3 to Coolangatta is completed. These will include, but are not limited to:

  • Nobby Beach to Robina
  • Broadbeach to Nerang
  • Surfers to Bundall
  • Gold Coast University Hospital to Biggera Waters.

Subject to agreement by the New South Wales Government, an extension of Stage 3 into Tweed Heads could also be possible.

Light Rail reports

The following reports have been prepared to outline the construction pre-feasibility and future city building opportunities created through the expansion of light rail along three corridors identified within the City Transport Strategy. Executive summaries of the reports are available below.

Light Rail Southern Gold Coast consultation summary report

The City of Gold Coast conducted a public consultation to determine the future planning for the Light Rail Southern Gold Coast.

Download the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report

Building our city - Light rail corridor

The report will help the City target and manage future growth along the route, measuring the community, economic and environmental impacts of light rail on local communities.

Download the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report

Gold Coast high capacity public transport corridor studies

This report outlines the need and purpose of high capacity public transport (light rail) on the Gold Coast.

Download the Purpose and needs paper - Executive summary - 3 June 2015

This report investigates the pre-feasibility of route options for three corridors identified within the City Transport Strategy for future high capacity public transport (light rail).

Download the Refined options report - Executive summary - 28 October 2015

More information


Please visit TransLink or call 13 12 30 to:


Please visit G:link or phone 1800 064 928 to find out about:

You may also download the G:link app for Android and/or Apple devices. If you're working in or around the light rail see our Working around light rail page for more information.

Staying informed on Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is leading the Detailed Business Case for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A. For updates on the project visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.


For information on the Light Rail project construction, testing and traffic diversions visit GoldLinQ or phone 1800 967 377.

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