Waterfront precinct on the cards for the Gold Coast

Riverwalks covering some of the Gold Coast’s famous waterways could be built to entice more tourists.

The Waterways Authority has floated the idea to transform the City into something resembling  Sydney Harbour or Brisbane.

CEO Hal Morris said they are looking at their options after strong community feedback.


“One of the great places that we believe there’s an opportunity to develop into a real destination is the area around Appel Park at the back of Surfers Paradise,” said Mr Morris.

Council has plans to improve commercial use for tourist operators, but the Waterway Authority believes more can be done to establish docks, riverwalks and water-front precincts.

“Close to Chairman Gary Baildon’s heart is the idea of a walkway along the river to open up access to the Nerang River for people who want to jog or cycle along the waterway.”

A review of speed limits has also been requested in hopes of creating a ferry system.

The mode of transport could run from Runaway Bay to Broadbeach and deliver crowds to Carrara for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.