You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to waterway spots to enjoy on the Gold Coast, with the city boasting an abundance of picturesque lagoons, parks and swimming enclosures.
This summer your toughest decision will be where to go first.
1. Tipplers Swimming Enclosure
If you’ve never been to South Stradbroke Island, then this summer is the perfect time to go. Why not make a day of it and pack a picnic, snorkelling gear, sand toys and have a splash in Tipplers swimming enclosure? There’s a kiosk, café, playgrounds as well as an abundance of wildlife and birds to see, maybe even a dolphin.
2. Southport Broadwater Parklands
A local’s favourite overlooking the Broadwater, water spots include a netted swimming area, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and the Rockpools. Manned by lifeguards, the Rockpools is a sculptured water playground featuring fun fountains, a creek bed and several tidal pools. Outdoor fun is guaranteed thanks to a bouncy pillow, all-ages playground, bike tracks and shaded seating areas.
3. Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve
Much-loved by Gold Coasters for its off-leash dog exercise area and pathways, the reserve is ideal for running, cycling or scootering. With a playground and shady picnic spots, this Tallebudgera reserve also boasts large areas of open space perfect for family cricket or footy matches. Amenities include 8kms of walking tracks, toilets, drinking fountains and tables overlooking waterways.
4. Evandale Park
Bordered by the Nerang River and with the Surfers Paradise skyline as a backdrop Evandale Park is the perfect spot to cool off while enjoying a barbecue. Centrally located and with a sheltered swimming lagoon, it has exceptional amenities, trees for shade, seating areas and a fenced playground. There are also exercise stations to work up a sweat before taking the plunge.
5. Paradise Point Parklands
From stand-up paddle boarding to kayaking around the exclusive Sovereign Island and Ephraim Island, this Gold Coast location offers stunning water views and a ramp for those who want to go boating. A netted swimming area, well-maintained amenity blocks and an extra-large shaded playground makes this Broadwater spot a hit with families. Coffee shops, cafes and eateries are located across the road.
Have fun and keep safe in and around the Gold Coast’s waterways – always check for warning signs, and make sure you follow any advice.