Broadwater Parklands

Gold Coast

Hugging the water's edge on the Southport side of the Broadwater estuary, this large park features free barbecues, beach volleyball, a swimming pontoon, restaurants and the Great Lawn, where big public events like the Mayor's Christmas Carols are held. Best of all is Rockpools, a free water park for toddlers, where colourfully painted marine critters squirt water into a series of paddling pools. It's also home to the large outdoor pools of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

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1. Main Beach Pavilion

0.55 MILES

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2. Budds Beach

1.57 MILES

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3. Infinity

1.95 MILES

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5. SkyPoint

2.44 MILES

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6. 19 Karen

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7. Miami Marketta

6.42 MILES

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8. Wet'n'Wild

7.38 MILES

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