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Where to find the best parks and playgrounds on the Gold Coast

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Broadwater Parkland parks

There is no doubt that the Gold Coast is home to some of the best parks and playgrounds in South-East Queensland, and a trip on the Hopo ferry is the ultimate way to visit the best of the best. Like all great adventures, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Hopo ferries are an exciting way to experience the waterways. Your little ones will love the thrill that comes with being on a boat and can even help the skipper drive.

Broadwater Parklands

From rock pools, jumping pillows, and splash zones, there is nothing like the Broadwater Parklands. Children will be impressed by its playground, complete with a zip line, swings, and even a huge inflatable jumping pillow. There’s a kids bike track suitable for those new to wheels or who are self-proclaimed bicycle pros. Watch them tackle the obstacle course, weaving between poles and braving thrilling bike ramps. 

If you need a cooldown, check out the exciting sculptural Rockpools. Splash out in shallow water or play in the vibrant marine-themed fountains. Enjoy calm, natural swimming waters in the enclosed swimming enclosure.

When it’s time for a break, relax in the heart of the parklands on the Great Lawn. Visit the scrumptious Fish Shak for a coffee pick me up or a delicious lunch.

Broadwater Parkland parks

Hanging out at the Broadwater Parklands

Sea World Ferry Terminal

Hop off at Sea World ferry terminal and discover a world of natural wonders. Boasting more than The Spit, the northern side of Main Beach boasts beautiful green parks and walks

Forest Parks

Wander through tree canopies along Federation Walk

Douglas Park

There is plenty to keep the kids busy at Douglas Park. Keep an eye out for hawks, pelicans and dolphins playing in the Gold Coast seaway. Bring your snorkelling gear and look for the variety of vibrant fish life swimming in the crystal waters.

Philip Park

Sitting across from Sea World is Philip Park, the perfect location for your next barbeque. Let the kids run wild on the green lawns or chuck on your bathers and head over to  Main Beach for a splash in the ocean.

Federation Walk Coastal Reserve

Sitting across from Sea World is Philip Park, the perfect location for your next barbeque. Let the kids run wild on the green lawns or chuck on your bathers and head over to  Main Beach for a splash in the ocean.

HOTA, Home of the Arts

Located in the center of the city, HOTA, Home of The Arts is the Gold Coast’s latest and greatest attraction. HOTA is a hub of culture situated along the Nerang River, offering stunning views of the Surfers Paradise skyline. Ample BBQ facilities and rich greenery make it the perfect family hang-out.

Don’t forget your bathers and miss out on the highlight of HOTA, which is the man-made lagoon, a sheltered swimming pool complimented with a small, sandy beach. Perfect for refreshing after a day of play, enjoy a dip in clear, cool water. Modern shower and toilet amenities are available onsite at your convenience.

Surfers Paradise

Lionel Perry Park

You needn’t stray too far from the Surfers Paradise ferry terminal to find a small slice of nature in the big city. Tucked away on the banks of Surfers Paradise is Lionel Perry Park. Kids can build sandcastles off the sandy shores or practice their best cartwheels on the lush grass. Your little ones can test their climbing skills on the rock climbing wall or reach new heights on the swings.

Marina Mirage

Hollindale Park

There’s more to the Marina Mirage stop than a luxury shopping centre. Wander across the road, and you’ll find exciting playground facilities. Hollindale Park is a beachside playground boasting a range of thrilling equipment. Ideal for little monkeys who love to climb, they’ll be excited to tackle the sizable red climbing frame. Take a slide down the unique tongue-shaped slippery dip. Check out Main Beach Pavillion for a bite to eat or bring your food to the beach for a picturesque picnic.

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Hollindale Park

With affordable day and family pass options available, Hopo Gold Coast Ferries are the perfect way to discover the best parks on the Gold Coast.

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