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Gold Coast Sand Bypass System Pumphouse

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

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) is responsible for the operation of the system which has the important task of helping maintain safe navigational access through the Gold Coast Seaway entrance.

Few people, however, know much about this unique and innovative facility. The large-capacity fixed sand bypassing system is an integral part of the design. It has the capacity to pump up to 500 cubic metres of sand across the Seaway per hour.

By taking members of the public on behind the scenes tours, GCWA hopes to provide an informative insight into the history, construction and operation of the plant.

GCWA staff, some of whom have worked at the plant since it was built, will meet and greet their Gold Coast Open House guests, provide information and answer questions.

Doug Jennings Park, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach


Doug Jennings Park (At the end of SeaWorld Drive)

Building type: Sand bypass system
Architect: McConnell Dowell Constructors Pty Ltd
Built: 1985
Website: gcwa.qld.gov.au