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Gold Coast Desalination Plant

Have you always wanted to go inside the Gold Coast Desalination Plant at Tugun to see how sea water is converted into drinking water? Here's your chance!

As a climate-resilient source of water, the Desalination Plant supplies drinking water to the SEQ water grid, and ramps up supply in times of flood or drought, or when conventional water treatment plants are offline.

It uses an advanced technology called reverse osmosis to remove the salt and the plant can supply around 133 million litres of water a day - that's equivalent to more than 50 Olympic swimming pools.

Built in 2010, the plant generally operates in 'hot standby' mode, ready to increase production if and when required. It has played a significant role in maintaining water supplies during extreme weather events. It supplied up to 20 percent of the region's drinking water supply during floods and heatwaves.

Book early for a tour of one of our most popular locations.

Boyd Street, Tugun

9am - 4pm


Guided tours. Closed in flat shoes, long pants and long sleeves are compulsory. Hard hats, vests and safety goggles are supplied.

Building type: Desalination plant

Design: Sinclair Knight Merz and Cardno

Builder: John Holland

Operator: Veolia

Website: seqwater.com.au