With the change of seasons, parents and grandparents naturally start thinking of spending more time outdoors, enjoying the sunny days in the awesome region of the Sunshine Coast, that we, lucky ducks, can call home. Keeping in mind that parents love a day outdoors where they can relax without worrying about little walk-abouts taking off, here is a list of fenced-in children's playgrounds that I have discovered on the Sunshine Coast.
We are such lucky 'ducks' to live on the sunny Sunshine Coast!
This fenced park on the corner of Duporth Avenue has a children's playground with a clatter bridge, a three-deck combo unit, crawl tunnel, see-saw, spring toys, a swing and binoculars.
2. Albany Lakes Park Albany Street, Sippy Downs
The children's playground in Albany Lakes Park is fenced and offers little adventurers a Burmese bridge chain and a cargo net, fire pole and a climb rope chain, rope escalator, a ship combo unit, a shop counter, a slide and a vine climber. For the older 'kids' Albany Lakes Park has an exercise circuit with a chin-up area, fitness rings, push-up bars, sit ups, step up stumps and a vault bar - this area is not fenced.
Children of all ages love the fully fenced playground at Bellflower Park in Sippy Downs with its slide, fireman's pole and climbing frames. Shade sails for the hot days of summer ensure this bright and visually appealing community area can be enjoyed all year round.
4. Cooke Park
Corner Maple and Fig Street, Maleny
A delightful fenced park in Maleny with a children's playground, shelter and picnic table facilities.
Deloraine Drive Park is great for locals who are within walking distance
A well-maintained and fenced children's playground can be found just off the roundabout on Deloraine Drive in Buderim. Because Deloraine Drive Park's location is not located within one of the usual tourist areas nor does it have any designated parking spots, I would think the appeal is slanted more to locals who are within walking distance.
6. Ginger Factory
50 Pioneer Road, Yandina
Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm | Closed Christmas Day
A day out at the Ginger Factory is well worth a bookmark ...
The iconic Ginger Factory has plenty of free and fun play spaces for children to enjoy, including a giant snakes and ladders. Mum and Dad can enjoy a coffee and a treat while the kids enjoy a secure, fenced-in, undercover playground with tunnels, stairs, slides and ropes for climbing. There is also a smaller play space designed for toddlers with their very own train to climb, a carriage to crawl through and colourful balls to play with.
A secure, undercover playground for children at the Ginger Factory
The Rainforest Walk at the Ginger Factory has been transformed into a home for the Gruffalo and his friends, with interactive games for children to get involved in and it's as easy as downloading the FREE Gruffalo Spotters 2 Aus app before visiting The Ginger Factory.
7. Grahame Stewart Park
Croydon Avenue, Currimundi
The all-abilities Grahame Stewart Park in Currimundi is fully fenced and accessible by a pathway that links from the off-street parking to each activity within the park.
Grahame Stewart Park is a fully fenced all-abilities children's playground in Currimundi
This very popular park has a variety of activities for all ages, including a multi-purpose court, flying fox and a kids educational bike track with miniature street signs, painted road lines and even a bridge. The two playgrounds cater to younger children with a stationary red train, swings and novel circular rope activities. The playground is inclusive, which means it contains play elements that encourage children of all levels of ability to engage with one another in play and discovery. There is also an open grassed area, shaded by trees as well as undercover picnic and barbecue shelters. Plenty of off-street parking is available outside the park.
Look out for the Story Seat, 'Where is the Green Sheep?'
Boasting three different playgrounds, exercise and fitness equipment, adequate shelter and shade, plus an easily accessible swimming area for families with little ones and doggies too, all add to La Balsa Park's 'must do' appeal. Only one of the three playgrounds is fully fenced, has a sandy surface and contains play elements that encourage children of all levels of ability to engage with one another in play.
9. Martin Rungert Park
Neill Road, Mooloolah Valley
The Martin Rungert Park provides day visitors with a fully fenced playground under plenty of natural shade. There are also shelters with picnic tables and barbecue facilities, public amenities and off-street parking.
The lush-green Nelson Park is a stone's throw from the beach ...
The fabulous facilities in Nelson Park Include barbecues, picnic tables and shelters, allowing visitors to enjoy water views with a variety of birdlife including black swans. Nelson Park is also home to the Story Seat, 'Josephine wants to Dance'.
11. Pioneer Park
Caloundra Street, Landsborough
Pioneer Park in Landsborough is a fully-fenced child's paradise
The beautifully refurbished Pioneer Park is a child's paradise, offering innovative all-abilities play spaces where children can play on equipment that is fun and challenging. The official 'all abilities play space' is a fully fenced playground, which includes swings, a harnessed high-backed seat flying fox, slides and balancing equipment as well as a sensory garden, which has proven to be popular for all age groups.
Harnessed high-backed seat flying fox and slides for two
The fully fenced play space at Pioneer Park provides thoughtful Braille interpretive signage as well as interactive signage, which form part of the activities for children to enjoy. Pioneer Park is also home to the 'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur'Story Seat, which is part of the First 5 Forever universal family literacy program. The grassy open spaces provide an area to kick a ball around and walking paths are ideal for riding and scootering and are also suitable for wheelchair and pram use.
Braille and sign language makes play equipment all inclusive
As well as ample off-street parking which includes disabled parking, Pioneer Park's amenities include undercover picnic tables and barbecue facilities - all the fun necessities at one playground for an awesome family day out!
"I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' Story seat can be found at Pioneer Park
Do you have any favourite fenced-in playgrounds that you love to visit with your children or grandchildren on the Sunshine Coast? Please let me know in the 'comments box'at the top of my article, so that I can add them to my list of still-to-do adventures.
Images courtesy of author unless otherwise indicated