Begin at Len Wort Park (29A Teemangum Street, Currumbin), where you may just spot a couple having bridal portraits taken along the bushy banks overlooking Flat Rock Beach. There is a small playground here, but we recommend taking the path across the bridge, which leads to a larger playground right beside the beach at Kropp Park (Pacific Pde, Currumbin).
With a shaded playground, picnic tables and grassy expanse, this park is a popular spot for birthday parties. The playground has swings, slides and a spiral climbing pole, plus a see saw and abacus beads, all well maintained. Expect a crowd Saturday mornings, though leave it till late in the afternoon and you may find only a few other families for company.
When the kids tire of the slide, they can either head down to explore on the beach or scramble up trails etched into the grassy slopes opposite. Kropp Park also hosts modern, well-maintained toilet facilities.
Here you will find the biggest drawcard for the kids, with two large playgrounds at O'Connor Street. The first is covered with generous shade sails and features toddler-friendly swings, a slide, climbing pole and a fun, bee-shaped bouncer. Older children will race to the top of the high ropes on the climbing structure in the second play area – probably oblivious to the birds' eye view from their perch as their minds turn instead to Superman-style pursuits. Directly in front, you will see the flags at the patrolled swimming area on beautiful Tugun Beach.
For the well-prepared, this park has gas barbecues and a covered picnic table, as well as plenty of grassy space to run around. Or if you didn't bring the snags but need to re-fuel, Tower 9 Bistro at Tugun SLC next door serves up family-friendly fare.
Heading back, the winding path is particularly fun for daredevils on wheels wanting to pick up speed on the corners. As you rush to catch up, make sure to take in the scenery ahead, of Currumbin's Elephant Rock and beyond, the iconic skyline of Surfers Paradise.
This pathway is approximately 750 m each way, making it just right for younger children who tire from longer walks.
Wide pathways from Currumbin to Tugun are great for scooters