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10 Reasons to Visit the Fig Tree Playground @ Moffat Beach

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published November 20th 2019
Play and climb at award winning Caloundra playground
While the beach is a favourite holiday destination most people, the kids certainly scored a special place of their own when it comes to playtime at the Moffat Beach Fig Tree Playground.

Photo courtesy Bespoke Playgrounds

Located within the iconic Caloundra surf lover's paradise that is Moffat Beach, the Fig Tree Playground's functional and imaginative design is a glorious green space with lots to offer.

And it's fun, eye-catching design hasn't just been a hit with the kids, the park won the Parks and Leisure Australia Awards of Excellence 'Best Playspace Under $500,000 in 2016' in recognition for its fine design and execution.

Here are 10 play worthy reasons to help the kids burn off some energy and make new friends when they visit Moffat Beach Fig Tree Playground.

1. Climbing, Swinging and Jumping Equipment

The playground has heaps of interactive equipment to test the strength, balance and stamina of excitable little ones. There are ramps for smaller children, slippery slides and netted walking robes to try and conquer.

2. Beach huts and Ice cream parlour
The playground has themed areas which relate to beach culture.
There's "The Shack" which was an endearing term for simple beach dwellings (mainly in the 60s) used by holidaymakers and families to get away to the coast.

Photo courtesy Bespoke Playgrounds

Kids can practice and pretend to be shop assistants in the shopfront of their very own ice cream parlour at the playground. Use your imagination to serve up a spearmint, coconut or strawberry gelato by the sea.

3. Beach Views
This oceanfront playground is situated on the high end of the park which slopes down towards the beach. Particularly from its highest point, Moffat Beach Playground offers some of the best views of the brilliantly beautiful Moffat Beach in Caloundra.

4. The Moffat Beach Café Strip
The playground is situated directly opposite the popular alfresco café and restaurant strip of Moffat Beach, which is great for the adults to grab a "guru" coffee from the likes of The Pocket Espresso Bar , to sip while the kids are hard at play.

5. Shade from a mature fig tree
The playground has been built around the grand Fig Tree. Even on a hot day, the play equipment stays cool under the shade of this aged, grand, fig tree.

6. A salute to Ma and Pa Bendall
The playground pays tribute to Caloundra's local surfing identities, Majorie and Charles Bendall who were fondly known as Ma and Pa Bendall. They were warmly given these nicknames after having only taken up surfing aged in the 50s during the 1960s. They must have seemed an anomaly at the time but have now gained cult status amongst the surfing fraternity.

Today, there is even a surfing competition called Windan Sea to recognise Ma and Pa Bendall and to test the skills of riders on the famous Moffat surf break.

Ma and Pa Bendallimage courtesy

The play equipment fittingly honours local surfing legends, Ma and Pa Bendall. Look out for the line of 4 surfboards which sit under the sign "Ma and Pa" to inspire the next generation of Mick Fannings and Sally Fitzgibbons.

7. Lots of Free Parking
Moffatt Beach has a dedicated car park in the Eleanor Shipley carpark as well as street parking in Seaview Terrace, which makes visiting and staying pretty easy. The spaces go quickly, so if you see a park grab it.

8. Outdoor shower to wash dirty hands and feet

After all that play, it's good to know that a free outdoor shower is at the based of the playground and park to tidy and freshen up before heading home.

9. Dog friendly and off leash

Moffat Beach is dog-friendly where pooches and their pawrents are welcome to frolic in the waves and pounce along with sand of this popular surfing beach. From 4pm to 8am, they can stroll the beach between Lower Neil Street at Dicky Beach (beach access 269) south to Russell Street where it connects with the Shelly Beach section.

10. Hit the waves
After visiting the park, it might just be time to hit the sand for a walk or the waves for a swim but be aware that Moffat Beach is an unpatrolled beach.

The added bonus to all of these 10 reasons to visit is that each is free. The park is located on the corner of Seaview Terrace and Queen of the Colonies Avenue in Moffatt Beach. So the next time you are at the Sunny Coast, be sure to look out for the Fig Tree Playground.
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Why? Playtime Fun at Moffat Beach
When: Anytime
Where: Moffatt Beach, Sunshine Coast
Cost: Free
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Great article, Gillian, being Sunshine Coast locals, Moffat Beach is one of the most popular areas to visit - there's some great coffee there too!
by Elaine (score: 3|8126) 541 days ago
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