With more than 300 days of sunshine year-round, the Gold Coast is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. The city may be famous for its golden beaches, but its greenspaces are just as spectacular!
There’s a stack of beautiful parks just waiting to be discovered and the best thing is there’s something for everyone! So pack a picnic, grab your friends and family and get exploring! Here are our top 5 family friendly parks on the Gold Coast…
Palm Beach Parklands
It’s been labelled as one of the best and most popular areas on the coast and it’s easy to see why. The parklands overlooking Palm Beach has an Arr-mazing pirate themed playground for the littlies, enough open space for a game of footy, cricket or a barbecue with mates, and a café that serves up breaky and lunch nearby. Not to mention the picturesque cycle paths and walkways with an off-leash area for your fur babies.
There’s so much to see and do at this newly redeveloped parklands in Southport. Overlooking the stunning Broadwater, the parklands stretch across three kilometres and is ideal for family picnics and fun.
Take a dip in the swimming enclosure, cast a line off the 100 metre long pier and take in the sweeping views of the Surfers Paradise skyline. Let the children go wild at The Rockpools water playground and The Washington Waters Park which features a bike track, a flying fox and bouncy pillow!
Most weekends there’s an event on at the parklands too, so check out the events calendar and start planning your weekend.
Kurrawa Pratten Park
A beautiful park in central Broadbeach that’s right next to the beach! This park has great barbeque and picnic facilities, making it perfect for family and friend gatherings.
For the big kid in all of us, you can’t go past the All Abilities Playground. The play space features an ocean-themed area with a submarine, two huge slippery slides and a sandcastle zone.
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens – Rosser Park
Stop and smell the roses, literally! The Botanic Gardens in Benowa is set on 31 hectares with a picturesque lake the centrepiece. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk, take the Mangroves to Mountains walk, visit the native Butterfly Garden and Rose Garden or stop off at the children’s playground. There’s also an off-leash dog area to enjoy!
This park is bound to nab you more likes on Instagram #GoldCoastRegionalBotanicGardens
Currumbin Valley Rock Pools
Be at one with nature and enjoy a day out at the iconic Currumbin Valley Rock Pools. The flowing creek surrounded by lush bushland is a hot-spot for locals and a must-see for visitors.
There are grassy banks, perfect for exploring and rolling out a picnic rug, as well as barbeques, picnic tables and a café across the road in case you forgot a packed lunch.