Cultural precinct

The beating heart of our city’s thriving arts community is set on 17 hectares of parkland edged by the waters of Evandale lake and the Nerang river.

The Cultural Precinct is dominated by the HOTA Gallery and the outdoor stage, complemented by state-of-the-art visual and performing arts facilities and an outdoor artscape that delights tens of thousands of visitors a year.

Within its striking rainforest inspired voronoi exterior, the HOTA Gallery comprises 2,000 square metres of exhibition space, two theatres, two arthouse cinemas and function rooms, with technology for the visually and hearing impaired.

The HOTA Gallery is Australia’s largest public gallery outside a capital city and home to the $32 million City collection. Included in that collection is the inspiration for the gallery – William Robinson’s painting Rainforest, the most valuable work in the collection.

From the Exhibitionist bar and restaurant atop the towering gallery you can enjoy magnificent 270 degree views of the city.

By day or night, the commanding outdoor stage delivers performances offering stunning views of the Surfers Paradise skyline for up to 5,000 people at a time in a sloped grassy amphitheatre. Performances annually attract crowds enjoying open air operas, rock concerts and performances in our welcoming year round climate.

Connecting HOTA to the Chevron Island retail and restaurant strip, and beyond to Surfers Paradise, is the HOTA Green Bridge and the J-shaped 40 Million Mornings Landing, which pays homage to our city’s extensive waterways. This pedestrian and cycle bridge spans 130 metres across the Nerang river.

More than 200,000 people visit HOTA each year and with further expansion of the Cultural Precinct it is a destination that is increasingly playing an important role for the local arts community, and arts-loving tourists and locals alike.