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Stella Maris Catholic Church

Stella Maris – the name means Star of the Sea – is a multiple design award-winning seaside church much loved by parishioners and visitors whose donations funded its $3.2 million construction.

A study in height and light, the contemporary glass and sandstone house of worship replaced an old wooden church that served its congregation for years. Worshippers enter through an arch of blades encased in sandstone, welcomed by Giovan Battista Salvi’s Il Sassoferrato – an image of the Madonna and Child – printed on glass.

Building materials provide the colour and texture, taking inspiration from nearby beach and ocean. Light enters through coloured glass to play on spaces used to celebrate the rituals of mass, baptism, communion, confirmation, marriage and funeral. Gardens, trees and covered walkways provide a tranquil green oasis for all to enjoy. Stella Maris is a drawcard for locals and visitors who delight in the sacred space of architecture and environmentally sympathetic design.

The building has been awarded the following awards:

  • 2016 Queensland Architecture Awards Gold Coast / Northern Rivers Peoples Choice Award and Regional Commendation
  • HIA 2015 Gold Coast / Northern Rivers Interior Design Award Winner

254 Hedges Ave, Broadbeach

10.00am - 3.00pm



Guided tours will take a maximum of 5 people through the new church building for 30 minutes, each hour. No bookings are required. As this is a place of worship, smart casual attire is requested.

 Building type



Straw & Dunne Architects

Interiors: PMGArchitect


1986: Sacred Heart Church renamed Stella Maris; 2014: Demolition 2014; February 2015: New church completed and consecrated.