Sandcastles on the Broadwater Location
The Gold Coast Broadwater stretches north from Southport past Labrador, Biggera Waters, Anglers Paradise, Runaway Bay, Hollywell and Paradise Point. The Broadwater is protected by The Spit (to the South) and South Stradbroke Island (to the North).
A wonderful waterfront promenade is located along the Broadwater starting at Biggera Waters in the North continuing to Southport in the South. Attractive parkland and a number of parks can also be found along the promenade ideal for walking, cycling and relaxing.
Separated from the ocean by the a thin strip of land called Stradbroke Island, the original body of water was a lagoon created from water deposited from the Nerang River. It was Captain Patrick Logan that first discovered this southern entrance to Moreton Bay.
The entrance of the Nerang River was at Main Beach in the late 19th century but by the 1980s had moved about 6 km northwards. The Gold Coast Seaway was completed in 1986 to stabilise the location of the Nerang River Entrance. Towards the northern end of the broadwater the Pimpama River enters.