Parks and Playgrounds – Gold Coast

Tips from a Local park expert!

Do you dream of family holidays where your days are full, fun and healthy?  Do you want to provide this fun without spending a fortune on theme park admissions or movie tickets?    If you’re visiting the Gold Coast why not try visiting some of the places we ‘locals’ go – and it’s no big secret, just check out one of our amazing parks!

  1. Paradise Point Parklands. Paradise Point. Approximately 20 minutes drive north from Wyndham Surfers Paradise you’ll find Paradise Point parklands.  Right on the Broadwater, there is a roped off area for swimming and a massive playground with so much more than your usual swings and slides! Lots of grass and shade, as well as BBQ areas and benches.  Bring a footy or cricket set or the scooters and skateboards to take advantage of the meandering pathways. This is our ‘local’ and one of my son’s favourites!
  2. Broadwater Parklands.  Southport. This amazing park is just 10 minutes drive from Wyndham Surfers Paradise (if you were feeling fit, and had your runners on you could walk there!).  This park is so big it almost needs its own postcode.  Some of our favourite spots include the rockpools, and the huge playground with a flying fox and pedal track.  The Local Council often hosts free events there so visit their What’s On webpage before you arrive!
  3. Laguna Park.  Palm Beach. Further south, this stunning spot is 15 minutes drive from Wyndham Kirra Beach.  I’ve always found this park calming.  Probably because the fully equipped playground, where the kids can run amok is fully fenced! Find yourself a shady space under a tree or on a picnic bench where you can keep one eye on the kids and one eye on your book!
  4. Central Park. Salt Village, Kingscliff NSW.  While you’re staying on the Gold Coast, I highly recommend taking a look around the Tweed Coast as well.  Salt Village is an easy 25 minute drive from Wyndham Kirra Beach and is one of those spots you’ll keep going back to.  Start the day with a swim on the patrolled beach (but just be careful as sometimes the surf can get a little rough), then perhaps spread a picnic blanket down on the grassy area of Central Park while the kids can run, jump and play in the wide open space.  We like to bike and skateboard along the beachfront toward Kingscliff – some of the ‘mansions’ you’ll ogle are jaw-dropping!

These are just a few of the host of parks you can access while staying on the Gold Coast.   Why not pack a picnic lunch, ‘slip, slop, slap’ the family and make a day of it? If you’d like to learn more visit the Gold Coast Parks website.

Do you have any favourite parks to recommend in your area?  What are your tips for making the most out of a day in the park?


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