Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class swimming and aquatic facility located in the Gold Coast’s stunning Broadwater Parklands, Southport.

The centre features 5 swimming pools, including a competition pool meeting international standards and FINA compliance, 1 dive pool and dry-dive training facilities, a fully equipped gym and fitness centre. It also offers versatile event spaces and function rooms, including, multi-function meeting rooms, technical and consultation rooms, plus the flexibility of expanding its seating capacity to 12,500 for major events.

A star performer during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the centre was the venue for the swimming and diving events and continues to host regular local, national and international elite sporting events.

Venue Details

All outdoor pools at the GCAC are heated to 28 degrees Celsius and can be adjusted according to particular events or requirements.


Competition Pool

  • 10 lane, 50 metre outdoor pool
  • 2 metre constant depth
  • International standard and FINA compliant
  • Swiss Timing
  • International water polo and underwater hockey event compliant
  • Broadcast quality lighting.

Training Pool:

  • Eight lane, 50 metre outdoor pool
  • 2 metre constant depth
  • International water polo and underwater hockey event compliant
  • Moveable bulkhead allowing simultaneous activities in separate 25 metre areas.

Program Pool

  • Seven lane, 25 metre outdoor pool
  • 1 to 1.4 metre depth
  • Ramp and stair entry

Dive Pool

  • 33 x 22 metre outdoor pool
  • 1 to 5 metre depth
  • Dive heights at 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 metres
  • FINA compliant
  • Below ground viewing facility available.

Learn To Swim Pool

  • 10 x 15 metre indoor pool
  • Heated to 31.5 degrees Celsius
  • 9 to 1.1 metre depth
  • Swim ledge on one side
  • Ladders at shallow and deep end.

Dry Dive Facility

  • 300 square-metre indoor training room
  • Foam pits
  • Three trampolines
  • Four dive boards and two platforms.

Children’s Splash Pool

  • Splash feature with tipping buckets
  • Shade covers
  • 2 metres depth.

Hot and Cold Hydrotherapy in Ground Tubs

  • Cold spa set at 14 degrees Celsius
  • Hot spa set at 36 degrees Celsius.

Fully Equipped Fitness Centre

  • 600 square-metre gymnasium
  • Functional training areas
  • Modern training equipment

Other Features:

  • Multi-function meeting, technical and consultation rooms
  • Versatile event space and function rooms
  • Newly upgraded, fully integrated sound system with the capability of isolating individual pools and areas
  • Secure event storage with pre-arranged swipe access
  • Café
  • Back office functionality
  • High-speed, broadcast quality WIFI including secure and free public access
  • 1000 seats at the main pool
  • Option to expand to 12,500 for major events
  • Parking available adjacent to the main entry
  • Bus and coach drop off available