A mum, teacher and travel writer who loves the outdoors, wildlife, camping and new experiences.
Published August 30th 2012
Where birthday parties don't have to cost an arm and a leg
1. Noosa River – Gympie Terrace 'The Pirate Party'
Probably the most popular and best place for a kid's birthday party in the Noosa area. Every weekend sees a flurry of balloons, parents and excited kids at the Pirate Playground where they are entertained with slides, swings, things that turn and others that bounce. For the older kids, there is an open field next to the playground where families participate in balls games.
This is the kind of place where parents can set up then sit down and relax. When kids are bored of the playground, there is always sand and water or a stage where would-be stars can act or sing. There are barbecue facilities and sheltered areas. Also a great place for a glass of wine at sunset when the party's over.
Fun on the Noosa River
2. The Avenue Park – Peregian Springs
Tucked away in the heart of Peregian Springs is an ideal children's party venue. The park overlooks a tranquil lake with bridges, ducks and water lilies. The playground is fenced for younger children and there are shelters and barbecue areas.
3. Tickle Park – Coolum Beach Beach Party. This recently renovated park has a popular spider web climbing feature and fenced equipment that will keep kids entertained for ages. The sweeping views of Coolum Beach make this a wonderful setting for parents supervising kids. There are benches, public toilets and barbecue facilities. It is also close to the shops if you forget the cake.
4. Pioneer Park - Caloundra Road, Landsborough
This award winning park is ideal for young children as it is fully fenced with a large playground, sand and water tables, a flying fox, large open area for party games and plenty of seating/barbecue facilities. There are also public toilets.
5. Peregian Beach Park - 'Anything on Wheels' party
Situated behind the Surf Lifesaving Club, this is a great park if kids want to Ripstick, scooter or cycle along the walkways near the playground. It's close to the shops and there is also a skate park nearby for the older children.
6. Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens 'Discover the Hidden Treasures' Party
This is one of the hidden gems of the Sunshine Coast. There is a delightful 'Whipbird Walk', an intriguing discovery walk where children can keep an eye out for hidden treasures like giant wire spiders, butterflies and animal statues - an ideal adventure for excitable children. There are plenty of grassy areas for the children to play traditional party games or just sit and have a picnic tea. The Sculpture Garden is great for hide and seek.
7. Chambers Island - Maroochydore What about a 'Deserted island' or 'Castaways' party?
Welcome to Chambers Island! Only accessible by a walkway bridge, this island is surrounded by sand, water and has a playground, toilets and picnic spot/barbecue facilities. Great for kids parties where you don't need to worry about noise.
8. Mini Train Park - Nambour
All aboard - Thomas the Tank party here we come! Toot Toot! The Mini Train Park in Florence Street, Nambour offers rides on miniature trains the 4th Sunday of every month. Ideally situated behind McDonalds (if you want food), bring chairs and a picnic for a fun train party.
9. Lions Park- Buderim
If you want a party with a view then this is the one for you. Situated at the top of Buderim, this recently renovated park offers a playground, toilets, barbecue facilities and fantastic views over the surrounding areas.
10. Power Memorial Park – Mudjimba
A stone's throw from the beach, this park is a great all round place for kids. Plenty of seating, shelter and barbecue facilities are provided. A combination of mature trees and shade canopies offer good sun protection for sensitive little bodies. The playground is spacious and with the beach on its doorstep and a coffee shop across the road, it's an ideal spot.