The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre was originally built in 1969 on reclaimed land, effectively burying and conserving evidence of thousands of years of Aboriginal occupation. Archaeological excavations during construction of the existing state-of-the-art Gold Coast Aquatic Centre led to the discovery of Aboriginal artefacts including tools and pigments used for ceremonial purposes. Further details of these discoveries can be found inside the new aquatic centre itself. This area has always been a popular place for swimming, fishing and recreation. Aboriginal people have appreciated its mild climate and coastal resources since ancient times. In 1934, the early European settlers built the nearby Southport Bathing Pavilion, a private area for beach goers to change into their swimming costumes.As the swimming and diving venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the new Aquatic Centre has six pools, a dry land dive training facility, fitness centre, café and multi-function meeting rooms.
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