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Published June 26th 2021
The best things in life are free
With the school holidays in full swing, finding free activities is a priority for many families. The following Gold Coast parks boast impressive playgrounds and facilities, guaranteed to delight local families.
Bim'Bimba Park Gainsborough Drive, Pimpama Bim'Bimba Park is a $7.5 million, 5 hectare recreational space within the Gainsborough Greens Community. The design of the park incorporates multiple play and rest areas using nature-inspired equipment and natural materials.
The most striking feature of this park is a 15m high tower with a spiral enclosed slide, lower level tube slide, internal climbing net and a large enclosed tunnel net.
This popular community space also offers 3 kilometres of cycling paths, an amphitheatre, oval, basketball court and skate park. Other facilities include picnic shelters, barbeques, toilets and ample parking.
Country Paradise Parklands 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang
A $2.8 million redevelopment of this venue has included a large heritage-inspired playground with picnic shelters, barbecues, toilet facilities and over 100 car parking spaces.
The main focal point of the adventure playground is a large windmill with an enclosed metal slide. Visitors can enjoy a range of playground equipment, such as a water tank observation deck, climbing nets, rock climbing wall, suspension bridge and a roller slide.
There are numerous opportunities for nature play, including a rocky creek bed with water pump and rain showers.
Windmill and water tower
Pirate Treasure Island Playground 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
This family-friendly parkland offers a colourful pirate-themed playground, creek with beach entry and nearby café. Children can explore shipwreck-inspired forts with suspension bridges, planks, mast and flag, netting and slides. An artificial rocky outcrop features play caves / tunnels with an engraved treasure map of the playground.
The parkland backs onto Currumbin Creek and its sandy shorelines - ideal for general beach play and swimming. This venue is also a popular location for picnics with multiple sheltered table and chair settings, electric barbeques and wide open spaces.
Macintosh Island Park Gold Coast Highway, Macintosh Island (opposite Main Beach Parade, Main Beach)
Macintosh Island Park offers opportunities for exploration and idyllic relaxation. This venue is locally renowned for its "Big Foot's Cave," waterfall and trickling streams. Visitors will also delight in an on-site peacock enclosure, well-shaded playground and fenced lagoon.
Extend your outing by playing along the adjoining sandy river bank or crossing an impressive pedestrian bridge across to the beach.
Eagle Tree Park Corner of Foreshore Street and Dales Way, Coomera
This recreational space boasts a huge grassy area, impressive playground structures and water views. The main playground features three climbing towers equipped with ladders, observation decks and slides. There are tactile wall activities, steering wheels and even a telescope.
A smaller play structure with a sandy floor base is accompanied by a digger and mock fossil dig.
Barbeques and picnic gazebos provide opportunities for a relaxed meal or a cool spot to sit whilst supervising children. There is also a toilet block with a handicapped facility and change table.
Paradise Point Parklands Corner of Faulkinder Avenue and The Esplanade, Paradise Point
The most popular feature of Paradise Point Parklands is an enclosed and patrolled swimming section of the beach. Permanent shade sails are positioned over the sand, providing shelter for supervising adults or children playing in the sand.
The parklands themselves extend along the length of The Esplanade and boast open grassy areas, mature trees and several playgrounds. Gazebos and barbeques are situated in close proximity to all of the larger playgrounds. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase items from one of the cafes or take-away shops directly opposite the parklands.
Kurrawa Pratten Park
Kurrawa Pratten Park was collaboratively funded by Gold Coast City Council and Disability Services Queensland. It boasts a large fully fenced playground, suitable for children of all ages and abilities. In particular, its design allows for active participation by visitors with mobility issues or requiring the use of a wheelchair.
Along an embankment, children can enjoy hill slides, climbing nets and swings (one with harness). A sand play themed area offers an accessible sandcastle with turret, sand play tables of various heights and sound tubes. Finally, an underwater themed section features an accessible submarine structure, sway bridge and a liberty swing.
The park offers wide concrete pathways, handicapped toilets and a change room with a hoist and adjustable table (contact council for further information).