What to See and Do at Broadwater Estuary

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: June 26, 2017

Reading time: 3 mins

Head to the large shallow estuary of water on the Gold Coast and join in on the fun here!

The Gold Coast boasts a plethora of incredible sights and unique landscapes, including the Broadwater Estuary. This landmark, also known as Southport Broadwater, Gold Coast Harbour, and the Gold Coast Broadwater, is a huge shallow estuary set in South East Queensland.

Reaching from Southport to the beautiful Moreton Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site – it encompasses a range of attractions and things to do. Originally, the body of water was a lagoon that was created with water from the nearby Nerang River, but today it is separated from the Coral Sea by Stradbroke Island.

The History of Broadwater Estuary

Back thousands of years ago, the Gold Coast region was jam-packed with ancient trees, unspoiled beaches, and both salt and freshwater wetlands. The Indigenous community of the region were named the Yugambeh people, and they co-existed with the environment for more than 23,000 years.

The area was first discovered by Captain Patrick Logan, a European explorer. It wasn’t until the early 1880s that the Southport Pier was opened to the public. Then, in 1925, the Jubilee Bridge was erected to provide access to the Broadwater area.

What the Broadwater Estuary Includes

The region including and surrounding the Broadwater Estuary is home to a number of key attractions and things to do. You can discover the Spit Arm and visit the Marine Stadium, as well as check out what’s on offer on the western Spit foreshores, like Sea World, Marine Mirage, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Southport Yacht Club.

Elsewhere, there is Pelican Beach and Main Beach, where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the views, you can explore the Southport Broadwater Parklands, and visit Marine Parade. In addition, you can visit the Broadwater Esplanades of Biggera Waters, discover Runaway Bay, and explore the Paradise Point Broadwater Parklands.

One of the most popular activities in the region is fishing at the on-site “Deep Hole”. It doesn’t matter if you fancy fishing at night or during the day, this top fishing spot is ideal for catching bream and soaking up local life.

If you find yourself exploring the Gold Coast, make sure Broadwater Estuary is on your list. Not only is this expansive sight an impressive natural wonder, but it’s also home to a great collection of things to see and do. Whether you’re looking to do some serious shopping in waterfront boutiques, try your hand at fishing with the locals, or simply want to kick back and relax on the beach, the Broadwater Estuary has you covered.

With a rich history dating back to the early 1880s and incredible views to boot, you won’t regret your decision to head out here.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.