Muriel Henchman Park Improvements Project

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority is enhancing access to the Broadwater and the Seaway for recreational and commercial vessels, community organisations. As part of The Spit Master Plan implementation, we’ll be upgrading the boat ramps, existing pontoon and adding a floating walkway. Parking, pathways, landscaping and public amenities will also be improved.

This project is proudly funded with the support of the Queensland Government’s Spit Works Program in association with City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Waterways Authority.

Temporary disruption during construction works

AUGUST 2023 – JULY 2024

Delays may be experienced

Reduced number of boat lanes and car parking available

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Muriel Henchman Works


The following works are underway.

  • Steel sheet piles have been installed for construction of the sewer pump station
  • Preparation of sub-grade for stage 3 car park
  • Installation of gravity feed sewer
  • Preparation of pedestrian pathway at northern end of car park
  • Work on the southern access road and services installation
  • Revetment wall construction progressing
  • Earthworks between car park and southern boat ramp
  • Dune fencing installation at northern end of car park
  • Northern pocket car park final asphalt seal *
  • Delivery of park furniture

*Please note the northern pocket car park remains closed. Works are expected to be completed early March 2024.


  • Vehicles with flashing lights and reversing beepers for safety
  • Work will involve the use of piling rigs, excavators, trucks, and concrete trucks
  • Piling can result in increased level of noise and vibration
  • Truck movements to deliver equipment and materials to and from site
  • Limited carparking in the area – 20 x car-trailer unit (CTU) parks, 10 x regular car park and1 x people with disabilities (PWD) car park
  • Limited boat ramp usage – one boat ramp will remain open during the works period
  • The main toilet block will be closed and temporary toilets will be available.

Changes to boat ramp usage
The southern boat ramp is under construction and remains closed. This is anticipated to open late April 2024.
The northern boat ramp and pontoon will be closed from 2 April 2024 till late July 2024.

During construction, please use alternative boat ramps. These include Proud Park, Broadwater Parklands, Harley Park and Loders Creek. Visit the City of Gold Coast’s boating facility guide at

We appreciate your patience while these important works are being carried out.


  • Improved vessel launching areas that provide safe and efficient arrangement for launching and retrieving vessels
  • Increase in the number of boat ramp lanes to cater for more traffic movements, especially during peak periods
  • Additional parking bays for cars and cars with boat trailers
  • New public amenities, shade shelter, pathways, landscaping, and park embellishments
  • Dedicated area for community clubs to meet and safely store their equipment.

The improvement works will encompass multiple elements, and once complete, the Park will offer a total of 6 boat ramp lanes, an upgraded pontoon, a new floating walkway on the northern boat ramp, 160 trailer parks, 144 car parks, 6 car parks for people with disabilities, line marking, pathways, landscaping, public toilets, and a shade shelter


  • During construction, the number of car parks and boat ramps will be heavily reduced to enable the improvements to be undertaken
  • Changed traffic conditions
  • Some noise will be generated by construction works
  • Staged construction will be utilised to retain limited waterways access impacts on users of the facility and neighbouring properties.


Muriel Henchman Park, The Spit, Main Beach


Project Start: August 2023
Est. Completion: Mid 2024

Current Status: Construction start

Construction works