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Palm Beach Aquatic and Community Centre redevelopment


A major redevelopment for the southern Gold Coast’s much-loved Palm Beach Aquatic Centre is planned.

It is one of the City's most popular aquatic facilities. But, it has outgrown its serviceable life and no longer meets current compliance standards. It is overdue for redevelopment to meet the changing needs of the community.

The centre is co-located with the Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School, Beree-Badalla Reserve and Salk Oval. It is currently used by more than 300,000 patrons each year and is under increasing pressure from the highly-urbanised surrounding area.

A masterplan for the site was completed in June 2020. It will guide redevelopment of the existing centre into a regional aquatic centre with integrated sports, fitness, community and youth facilities. The mix of components addresses current and future demand, giving consideration to increased population growth.

The proposed community and youth centre will include new multipurpose spaces. It will be able to deliver a diverse range of activities and services.

The Palm Beach Aquatic and Community Centre will transform the area with contemporary recreation and community opportunities. It will service the community for another 50 years.

Locality plan


The ageing Palm Beach Aquatic Centre was built between 1977 and 1981. It no longer meets current contemporary facility and access standards and is beyond its serviceable life.

The first stage of the aquatic centre redevelopment was the 50-metre outdoor pool in 2010.

In 2011, a concept design incorporating youth facilities was developed for the balance of the site. A facility needs assessment informed the mix and primary components, as per the current masterplan for the Council of the City of Gold Coast endorsed stage 2 redevelopment in June 2020.

The existing 50-metre outdoor pool, built in 2010, will be retained and integrated into redesign of the site. The remaining facilities will be removed to make way for the new centre.

New facilities proposed within the masterplan include:

  • heated indoor Learn to Swim pool
  • warm water indoor pool with ramp
  • 25-metre outdoor heated pool with ramp
  • fitness centre
  • water play
  • community and youth spaces, including multipurpose spaces and meeting rooms
  • café
  • integrated landscape with pool concourses, terraces and lawns
  • basement car parking.

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A new community and youth centre could include a room for ballet and dance classes
The aquatic centre redevelopment will provide fun for all the family
A range of Active and Healthy programs could be held in the multipurpose rooms
Warm water pools with ramps will cater for all abilities
Multipurpose spaces are proposed for workshops, meetings, education and training
A fitness centre is also proposed for the redeveloped Palm Beach Aquatic and Community Centre

Project delivery planning

The City is re-engaging with user groups. The aim is to provide an overview of the components and general arrangements for the redevelopment. The groups include:

  • current and future possible centre service providers
  • user groups
  • key stakeholders
  • discipline specialists.

Further details will be provided as planning progresses.

Delivery will include major demolition and construction works, but we will notify current users in advance of changes to operations. We estimate construction to take place from April 2022 to the end of 2023.

The City appreciates your patience as we deliver this vital project.

Project enquiries

The Project Team
Phone: 07 5581 7747

Key information

Project resources

Fact sheet: March 2021 – Warm water program pools and warm water therapy (766kb)

Fact sheet: September 2020 – Project delivery planning (756kb)

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