It is a question that most parents ask themselves every morning: “what is a fun way to wear the kids out, so they will have a long rest in the afternoon (and we mums and dads can put our feet up for a bit)”.
Thankfully, the Gold Coast is a city that embraces green spaces with an array of parks nestled into every suburb and community.
While most of the playgrounds scattered across the Gold Coast are fun, free and outdoors, they all offer something different for the little ones and vary in quality.
We Are Gold Coast has compiled a list of six imaginative playgrounds on the Gold Coast that will keep the whole family happy.
Kurrawa Pratten Park – all abilities playground
Kurrawa Park, located in the heart of Broadbeach, has become a favourite for locals and tourists alike.
The playground boasts many different areas; the littlies are spoilt for choice. There is a sandpit castle, an ocean themed zone which has a submarine, sea snake and mermaid, two huge slippery slides, two sets of swings (including a Liberty Swing for children with disabilities), a climbing web and flying fox.
There is also plenty of space to throw down a picnic rug if you plan on staying for a few hours and plenty of seating.
If you have a ‘runner’, you don’t need to worry; the whole playground, including amenities, is fenced.
Additional extras: Amenities block including all abilities change room, drinking fountains, exercise equipment and parking. It is also close to shops and the Surf Life Saving Club.
Broadwater Parklands, Southport CBD
Sitting on the edge of the water, this playground has something for everyone.
There is a pedal monorail that travels around the edge of the playground, where kids (and adults) can ride around. It’s a great work out for any parent with a little one that can’t reach the pedal.
There are a couple of slippery slides, a swing set, a boat for the kids to captain and also a huge flying fox.
Just next to the playground there is a huge bouncy pillow to jump on and the rockpools are only a short stroll away, perfect to cool everyone off on a hot day.
There is also plenty of shade for parents to sit back and watch the kids (and the boats that sail by).
Additional extras: barbeques, café, picnic shelters, drinking fountains and metered parking.
The Esplanade from North Burleigh to Burleigh Point
There are numerous playgrounds scattered from North Burleigh to Burleigh Point.
The favourites include Mick Shamburg Park, Justin Park and Burleigh Hill, because parents can easily fuel up with a coffee before or after play.
This stretch is great for those who want to get in some exercise; stick the kids in the pram and walk from one end to the other, giving the kids a play along the way.
Coffee stop: North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club, Borough Barista or Nook Espresso.
Additional extras: Amenities block, drinking fountains, barbeques, picnic shelters and parking.
Laguna Park, Palm Beach
This place is a wonderland for kids.
Laguna Park is fully fenced and caters for all ages. In the middle of the pedal monorail there are two swing sets, a flying fox, climbing web, a small slide plus a huge adventure playground with rockers, dizzy sticks (not the official name), interactive boards and a pirate ship which you have to get to by crossing the plank.
There is also a Liberty Swing for kids in wheelchairs and a separate playground area that is not fenced.
The park is also situated on a lake, so you can have a nice picnic while enjoying the view and watch the motorised boats.
Additional extras: barbeques, undercover picnic areas, amenities block, plenty of parking and shops in walking distance if you need to grab a bite to eat.
Parklake Park, Greenway Boulevard, Maudsland
This park has play equipment galore, for toddlers right through to big kids.
Right in the heart of the playground is a huge slide while the popular flying fox ventures through the centre of the playground. There is also plenty of rockers including motorbike themed rockers and an array of animal themed rockers.
Additional extras: barbeques, picnic shelters, parking, close to cafés and amenities block.
Ronnie Long Park, Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club
Ronnie Long Park caters for the littlies and the older kids, having two separate playgrounds.
The littlies’ playground is situated in a big sandpit and features a swing set, space ship and slide that will keep the kids happy for hours. The area also has shade covers so most of the sandpit blocks out the sun.
The larger adventure playground hosts three slides, a maze, a spinning climbing web, a swing, rockers, climbing bars and a lookout.
Additional extras: amenities block, picnic tables, café, Surf Life Saving Club and parking (parking can be tough in summer on Sundays when Nippers is on).