Broadwater Parklands is a fantastic redevelopment of Southport’s previously dowdy foreshore with a range of sites and facilities, many of them free. It’s one of the best places to take kids on the Gold Coast.
Our favourite part is the Rockpools, a semi-fenced water play area featuring water jets, fountains, a waterfall and sculptural pieces inspired by marine life.
The Rockpools is manned by lifeguards and there are shady spots dotted around the (fake) grass so you can relax at ‘home base’ before another swim.
Another popular attraction is the extensive playground with pedal train and flying fox, the bike/scooter/skate track and obstacle course and a fenced, shaded bouncy pillow!
Add to that numerous picnic tables and BBQs and it’s the perfect destination for a day out. Broadwater Parklands hosts family friendly events throughout the year. View the Broadwater Parklands calendar of events.
- Partially fenced playground;
- Water play;
- Bouncy pillow;
- Rockpool Cafe within the parklands otherwise BYO food for a picnic or barbecue;
- Water taps;
- Public toilets throughout parklands
- Paid parking at Broadwater parklands carpark and along Gold Coast Highway. 2 hour limit.
- Across from G:link light rail Broadwater PArklands station
Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast
1 February to 31 March: 8am to 6pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
1 April to 31 May: 9am to 5pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
Anzac Day: opens at midday
1 June to 31 August: 9am to 3pm (closed Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
1 September to 30 November: 8am to 6pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until midday)
1 December to 31 January: 7am – 7pm (closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until 9am)
Christmas Day: Opens at midday
The Bouncy pillow has the following opening hours:
1 December to 31 January: 7am to 7pm
1 February to 31 March: 7am to 6pm
1 April to 30 August: 7am to 5pm
1 September to 30 November: 7am to 6pm
AquaSplash 8am to 6pm 7 days a week (last session 5pm) until mid April.