Cash-free fun to wear the kids out!
When you need to entertain the kids and are on a low income and tight budget – hit the park! It doesn’t get much simpler – or cheaper – than heading to one of these fab local parks around Southport and the Gold Coast for hours of fun!
Here’s 10 top kids parks around Southport and the Gold Coast
- Play in paradise
Gold Coast kids will love the playgrounds at Paradise Point Parklands.
- There’s 2 playgrounds to choose from – little pirates can set sail in the pirate ship playground, or climbers will love the action of the adventure playground.
- With loads of paths it’s also a great spot to scoot, skate or ride.
- Splash out
When it’s hot outside, head to The Rockpools at Broadwater Parklands.
- Here the kids can cool off in this sculptural playground of creek beds, wading pools and water play.
- They’re manned by lifeguards and are completely free!
- A relaxing day out with the family
Head to Hinze Dam for a fun day of play and picnicking.
- Pack the kid’s scooters and bikes and get away from it all – use this handy guide to help plan your day.
- There’s a great kids playground and four different picnic areas to choose from, as well as bbqs and loads of walking and cycle paths.
- Sporty and adventurous fun
There’s something for everyone at Robina Common playground in Robina.
- Next to sports fields and a basketball court, this shaded playground has a miniature rock wall and lots of different climbing platforms.
- There’s swings, monkey bars, a fireman’s pole, flying fox, rockers, a seesaw and a cool double slide.
- Picture-perfect play by the sea
Head a little further south and soak up the serenity at Tallebudgera Creek park.
- Set beside the calm, crystal clear waters of this popular swimming spot, the kids can enjoy the climbing frame and playground features, but nature is the real drawcard here.
- Splash in the shallows and explore the beautiful 3km Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park Walk.
- Slide into nature’s pools
Also a little south, the kids will love taking a splash in the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools.
- Forget the plastic playground variety – here Mother Nature’s slippery rocks provide natural slides into the pools.
- Take a picnic as there are plenty of picnic tables.
- And be sure to walk 50m upstream from the main pools to discover the hidden treasure of a small yet beautiful waterfall.
- Bouncy fun
All Gold Coast kids love the free action at Broadwater Parklands in Southport.
- Along this stretch of the foreshore there’s several playground options including a huge bouncy jumping pillow, pedal cars, flying fox and see-saw.
- And it’s all free!
- Fun for all ages and abilities
Kurrawa Pratten Park at Broadbeach is a fabulous all abilities playground.
- This fun space includes soft fall matting and mounds to climb, a flying fox and some great slides, swings and climbing equipment.
- In a handy spot right next to the surf club, there’s toilet facilities and lots of bbqs and picnic tables.
- Dance with the fairies
Little ones will delight in the unique Faerie Park in Clear Island Waters.
- This small fairy themed park has a goblin cave, a wishing well and a troll bridge.
- There’s also a small playground with a climbing frame, swings, slide and see-saw, and a scooter path.
- Great for a birthday party
A popular party spot is St John’s Park playground in Mermaid Beach.
- With a large colourful playframe featuring a rope ladder and climbing wall, bridges and a fireman’s pole, there’s open grassy areas perfect for a jumping castle and some party fun.