Having grown up in Brisbane, for me the Gold Coast was one of the places we visited all the time for some family fun. As an adult I realise how lucky I am to have lived my whole life near one of the most amazing destinations in the world, but as a kid I had no idea. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit the Gold Coast, each time I’m once again blown away by how amazing it is. Since having kids, it’s become a frequent holiday destination. There’s just so much to do and the kids always have a blast.
Based on the experiences from when I was young and now with my own family, here’s my Gold Coast Guide for families:
Amazing Playgrounds To Visit
There are some pretty amazing outdoor playgrounds on the Gold Coast and we’ve found our kids love going to them as much as other attractions with a higher price tag.
A few of the best places to play include:
1. Broadwater Parklands, Southport: This parkland is just a short 5 kilometre drive north of Surfers Paradise and goes on for a three kilometres stretch along the foreshore of Southport. This playground has heaps of different play equipment options for the kids – bike tracks, a jumping pillow, flying fox, seesaw, scooter track and lots of general play equipment. There’s sure to be something for every little one! There’s also a patrolled section of Broadwater beach in high season where the kids can safely swim.
2. Kurrawa Pratten Park, Broadbeach: This is another fantastic playground for kids. Plenty of grass for kicking a ball plus two main playground areas makes it a popular choice. It also has great slides, swings, climbing equipment, a flying fox and lots of fun. The park is also right on the beach and has fantastic BBQs and picnic areas.
3. Pirate Park, Palm Beach Parklands: This park is one of the most amazing parks on the Gold Coast. It’s themed around a pirate ship and is a pretty sweet setup if I say so myself. There are tunnels, slides and climbing equipment, all right near Currumbin Cove.It also has BBQ and grass areas if you’re keen to stay for lunch.