We pack the car with plenty of towels, sunscreen, food, drinks and beach toys.On our journey, we discuss the rules at the beach. The Gold Coast beaches are strong in comparison to the bay we are used to. Even with lifeguards and Flags, we can't afford to be complacent.
The way I do my trip is to head straight to Tallebudgera. Tallebudgera has the option of creek or beach swimming. If you have had enough of the waves you can head over the bridge and enjoy the flat conditions of the creek.
On arrival we always try and get a park at the Talle Surf Club, there are toilets, showers, Life Guards and a playground which makes the day easier. "Club Talle" can be found on the map HERE.
Once the surf has exhausted us we head off for a bite to eat. Usually, we eat at the Tallebudgera Creek so the kids can still swim, but on this particular trip, it was far too hot to walk so we ate our lunch at the playground.
The playground has two play areas, one for smaller children and an exercise area as well. There's plenty of grass and seating to supervise and have lunch.
Playground @ Ronnie Long Park
Once lunch is finished, we jump in the car and drive off to our next destination. This is where I can relax a little bit at the Parklands. The water at the parklands is barely knee deep, so I don't have to be mother hawk and they can play freely.
The Southport Broadwater Parklands is a large FREE community park located in Southport. There are features suitable for all ages, this is a "Must do" activity if you are spending time on the Gold Coast with family.
We spend the afternoon here and down at the Broadwater foreshore which produces small waves from the passing JetSki & Speedboats. The markets are also on so we have a quick look at those and a go on the giant jumping pillow.
During the summer the parklands can be really busy. I make sure I take change as getting a free parking spot is unlikely. Often we park near the Aquatic Centre, which is a very short walk to the play area.
Shoreline Behind Broadwater Parklands
Once dusk starts to approach we head back home to south Brisbane, stopping on the way for a Yatala Pie & Chips. The kids enjoy a peaceful car sleep while I reflect on what an amazing day we always have at the Gold Coast Beaches.