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Sand By-Pass System

The Gold Coast Seaway boasts the world’s first permanent sand bypassing system and stands as one of the country’s most significant
engineering feats from the 1980's.

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority is responsible for the operation of the Sand Bypass System. The System has the important task of helping maintain safe navigational access through the Gold Coast Seaway entrance, however very few people know much about this unique and innovative facility.

The large-capacity fixed-sand bypassing system is an integral part of the design of the seaway and has the capacity to pump up to 500 cubic
metres of sand across the Seaway per hour. By opening our doors and welcoming members of the public to visit the Sand Bypass System as a part of Gold Coast Open House, Gold Coast Waterways Authority hopes to provide an informative insight in to the history, construction and operation of the plant.

Several GCWA staff will be on hand on the day (including some who have worked on or with the plant since construction) to meet and greet members of the public, provide information and answer questions.

Gold Coast Sand Pumping Jetty, Main Beach, Queensland, Australia

9am - 4pm



Members of the public are welcome to visit the Sand Bypass System pump room in the main building and the jetty. Gold Coast Waterways Authority staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions as required. Closed in shoes are required.

Building type

Sand bypassing system


McConnell Dowell Constructors Pty Ltd