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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 the $3.2 million build.

A study in height and light, the contemporary glass and sandstone house of worship replaced an old wooden church. Worshippers enter through a bladed sandstone arch, welcomed by Giovan Battista Salvi’s Il Sassoferrato – an image of the Madonna and Child – printed on glass.

Building materials provide colour, texture and take inspiration from nearby beach and ocean. Light shines through coloured glass to play on spaces used to celebrate rituals.

Gardens, trees and covered walkways provide an 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 won the 2016 Queensland Architecture Awards Gold Coast / Northern Rivers People’s Choice Award and Regional Commendation. In 2015, it won the HIA Gold Coast / Northern Rivers Interior Design Award.

254 Hedges Ave, Broadbeach

10AM - 3PM



Guided tours, half hourly, maximum of 5 people. Dress smart casual.

 Building type



Straw & Dunne Architects

Interiors: PMG Architect


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