Name: Broadwater Tourist Park (Gold Coast Tourist Parks)

Location: 169 Marine Parade, Southport, QLD

Date of Stay:  27-29 April 2018

Type of Park: City/Water/Parklands

Rating: 4 out of 5

Description:

A well maintained park, great for families, couples or singles in a great location.

We have stayed here many, many times… And we love it! My first Trip Advisor review on this park was done back in 2016, and that was written after returning on many occasions.

The park is situated right on the beautiful Broadwater, and has million-dollar views.

It had a foreshore makeover a couple of years ago, and now there is lots of lush, grass between the park and the sand. It’s great for kids… And kites. I do believe on one occasion that particular strip of grass was used as a race track between the local police on their quad bike and our youngest who was on her push bike!

The inlet is a great little spot to take the kids fishing as the sun goes down. It’s also where the boat ramp is located, giving easy access to the water for us to launch our jetski! Many of our friends come to this park purely because it is so easy to get the ski’s and boats into the water as the ramp is located within the park itself.

The amenities are good (there are a few blocks), camp kitchens are well appointed and very well maintained, as are the grounds.

There are many cabins… Lots right on the water with stunning views and some further back in the park.

Staff are friendly and very helpful.

Both swimming pools are great… The big shade is great for kids in the hot summer sun. The girls went swimming this weekend, but only for a few minutes as it was ‘freeeezing!!!’ So, I guess heated pools could make this park even better (hint hint!).

We have been telling the kids to ‘go and entertain yourselves’ at this park for a few years now, and currently at ages 10, 12 and 13, they still haven’t outgrown the playground, games room and jumping pillow which is a good thing J

We rate this park highly as it’s consistently produced fun and memorable times no matter if it’s our family of 5, just me and Chris, our friends with kids or our friends without.

 

Facilities: 

  • Boat ramp
  • 2 pools
  • Tennis court
  • Jumping pillow
  • Playground
  • Recreation room
  • Camp kitchen
  • BBQ areas

 

Staff:

  • Friendly and helpful

Sites:

200+ sites including water view, ensuite, powered slab and powered grass sites. Large and flat – easy to get in and out of.

Positives:

  • Location – it is close to Surfers, the Broadwater and the parklands which are great to ride to with the kids. The aqua splash is set up just down the path, and there is a fun little waterpark for the kids to have a play in.
  • Maccas is over the street if you like their coffee – if not, the Donut Shop D Point Ten makes great coffee. There is a supermarket and some other little shops right across the street as well.
  • Well maintained
  • Clean, well appointed and relatively modern amenities

Negatives:

  • We had heard of many people having items stolen from this park and considered ourselves lucky as it hadn’t happened to us – until Australia Day 2017. Cooper’s near new scooter was stolen one night along with quite a few things belonging to other people. It is commonplace to see people chain their Weber’s down to deter theft.
  • It can get very busy during the school holidays (this could be negative or positive – it depends on if you like lots of people! J )
  • It’s quite loud due to the location – you will hear sirens, cars racing and loud engines through the night. But this is to be expected as Surfers is less than 5ks away.
  • The park is quite strict on the 10am check out time.
  • The beach/Broadwater out the front can be overcrowded with PWC (which again is to be expected in most waterways on the Gold Coast).

 

 

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