Free to do,  Playgrounds,  Water play

Broadwater Parklands, Southport

The Broadwater Parklands

The Broadwater Parklands stretch across three kilometres of the Broadwater in Southport and is a much-loved community space. Packed with things to do, places to relax and opportunities to catch up with friends and family, the Broadwater Parklands are popular any day of the week.

The Rockpools

Undoubtably the most popular part of the Broadwater Parklands is The Rockpools water playground. The only one of its kind on the Gold Coast, The Rockpools is a man-made splash park with free entry. Kids can explore the shallow water with spouting water animals, waterfalls, tidal pools and fountains. Just like natural rockpools, these creek beds imitate tidal pools and fill and empty throughout the day.  

The Playgrounds

There are three playgrounds across the Parklands – the Northern Park, The Adventure Park and Washington Waters. The most visited playground would be Washington Waters, located adjacent to Australia Fair at the southern most point of the Parklands. Here kids can play on the Flying Fox or ride the tandem pedal bikes around the monorail track. There is also a jumping pillow and other playground pieces suited to kids of all ages. Little cyclists will also love the mini traffic track featuring obstacles, signs and bridges.

The Adventure Park is located beside the Rockpools and caters for younger children with its make-believe pirate ship and interactive learn and play equipment. Finally, the Northern Park sits at the northern most point of the parklands and while only a small playground at the moment, is about to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade, resulting in a pretty spectacular play space!

Free activities

Each weekend, the City of Gold Coast Council run free activities for families to enjoy at the Broadwater Parklands. These include train rides, a pop up playgroup, circus school and inflatable maze! Visit the City of Gold Coast Events Calendar to find out when each free activity is on next.

Need to know:

Cost: All facilities within the Broadwater Parklands are free to use. Each summer, Gold Coast Aqua Park sets up in the water near Washington Waters Playground and a cost is associated with this.

Opening hours: The park itself does not close, however access to the Rockpools and the Bouncy Pillow is restricted at times.

Rockpools opening hours:

  • February: 8am to 6pm
  • March: 9am to 5pm
  • April: 9am to 4pm (Tuesdays open at 11am and Anzac Day open at 12pm)
  • May: 9am to 3pm (Tuesdays open at 11am)
  • June: 9am to 3pm (Tuesdays open at 11am)

Parking: there are large Council operated carparks all along the Broadwater Parklands. These are metered so be sure to pay for your spot!

Facilities: There are toilets located throughout the Parklands, and the entire space is accessible to wheelchairs and prams. Cafés are located near the Rockpools and the Aquatic Centre, otherwise picnic facilities including BBQs are available.