All Abilities Playground Kurruwa Park Broadbeach

All Abilities Playground Kurruwa Park Broadbeach

The All Abilities Playground at Kurruwa in Broadbeach is one of our city’s best playgrounds for all ages.

It is fully enclosed and filled with excellent play equipment including two giant slides, climbing nets, flying fox, giant web swing, submarine, water and sand adventure play area, imaginative play areas, carosel swing, and of course play equipment suitable for children with special needs.

There is a pathway within the park that sprawls around the eqipment, perfect for little kids on scooters (but not big kids on bikes – the bike path running along the beach is perfect for big kids).

There is plenty of bench seating and toilets within the playground.There is also shady spots to throw down a picnic blanket (which is our fave thing to do) and watch the kids with almost a view of the whole park.

All Abilities Playground at Kurruwa, Broadbeach

ADDRESS: Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

HIGHLIGHTS: /hugeadventure playground for all ages, fully enclosed, close to coffe and shops, waterandsand play area.

AMENITIES: water fountain, toilets, accessible toilets, beach shower

SHADE CLOTHS: In some areas. Hats recommended.

GROUND COVER: softfall (gets very hot in summer), grass, sand and pathway.




Jack Wilson Reserve

Jack Wilson Reserve

Jack Wilson Reserve in Robina is a pleasant neighbourhood park with a fun train-themed playground, magic fairy ring, offleash dog exercise area and BBQ facilities.

The playground here is quite good for kids 1-3 years old, and older kids up to 10 years old. There are parts of the playground that are close to the ground, incorporate steps and equipment suitable for toddlers.

There is also more challenging equipment for climbers, a standard set of swings and spring rockers.

We love the magic fairy ring, driving the ‘train’ and staying cool in the shade (take insect spray in the afternoon). The bridge over the creek (mostly a dry creek bed to explore) is also fun for short scooter rides.

The playground is on our list of fully-fenced playgrounds.

Jack Wilson Reserve

LOCATION: 108 Cheltenham Drive Robina (parking in Thorngate Drive)

HIGHLIGHTS: Train theme, shady, fenced

AMENITIES: BBQs, picnic benches, water fountain


GROUND COVER: gravel/sand


Queen Elizabeth Park – opp Calypso Apartments

Queen Elizabeth Park – opp Calypso Apartments

Queen Elizabeth Park at Coolangatta has two playgrounds. This is the smaller one opposite Calypso Apartments.

It has a good climbing frame and slide, swings, spring rockers and climbing walls.

It has gorgeous views of the beaches, benches to sit at (although not in the shade), a water fountain, and BBQ facilities are close by. We played here for over an hour- although small, there is plenty to do!


ADDRESS Marine Parade, Coolangatta

HIGHLIGHTS beachside park, multi-faceted playground

AMENITIES benches, water fountiain, BBQs, shade sail, street parking, shops walking distance




GROUND COVER woodchip + rubber softfall

The Faerie Park Merrimac

The Faerie Park Merrimac

The Faerie Park in Merrimac is a gorgeous imaginative and natural play area for children, perfect for a picnic or sunny morning play.

After seeing underwhelming images of the park online, I must admit that I didn’t expect much from the Faerie Park, but as soon as we parked the car I fell in love.

From the welcoming sign, the pretty pictures on the pathways around the park, to the large trees and grassed areas… is that magic in the air?

There’s lots here to excite the little ones.

There’s the Goblin Cave – a long tunnel with two entries – it’s a little dark, but my 2.5 year old didn’t hesitate to run in and test out the echo.

The Troll Bridge was a hit – bring a scooter to make the most of the slopes and pathways. The frogs in the ‘pond’ have seen better days, but generally the features of the park are well maintained (although the toadstools have been over-zealously mulched).

The wishing well is shallow (for safety reasons), and even a bit high for little ones to enjoy, but goes perfectly with the theme of the park.

The two fairy rings of toadstools are brightly coloured and make perfect seats for little bottoms to enjoy a mid-play snack. It’s a shame the mulch is so high, as the little doors and windows on the toadstools have been covered up.

If the beautifully themed features of the park aren’t enough, the playground is quite a good one.

It’s in two sections – one with swings and a climbing web, and the other with slide, firemans pole, lookout and rocker. It is also covered by a lovely shade sail.

In addition to the man-made features, there are a few big and old trees that are waiting to be explored.

The Faerie Park in Merrimac is a unique play area, worth a trip in the car. Pack a picnic (there’s no BBQs) or grab a drive through coffee from McDonalds on Gooding Drive on your way there.

The Faerie Park Merrimac

LOCATION Inwood Circuit, Merrimac

AGES 2-12

AMENITIES park benches, shade sails, water fountain, roadside parking, pathway

HIGHLIGHTS fairy theme, beautiful setting, big open space with mountain views





Nick Pavlis Park

Nick Pavlis Park

Nick Pavlis Park Labrador

A great little neighbourhood park with a playground, oval and dog agility park.

The playground has lots of fun features, including shop-front, rock climbing wall, slide, spinning pole, spring rocker and a standard set of swings.

There is picnic tables and a drinkinh fountain, as well as a fenced off-leash area for dogs including agility obstacles.

LOCATION Whiting St Labrador

AGES 2-10

AMENITIES drinking fountain, shade sails, picnic table and shelter, dogagility and off-leash area

HIGHLIGHTS Playground with lots of features, shady spot for a play.

GROUND COVER wood chip




Paradise Point Parklands

Paradise Point Parklands

Paradise Point is an ideal spot for a family BBQ, birthday party, pram walk and talk, play date and more.

With play equipment scattered the length of the walking path, there is plenty of room for children to run, play, swim and explore. There is also fitness equipment along the path for mums looking for a good pram walk with bubs.

We headed here for a couple of hours on a November afternoon and enjoyed the salty breezes and wide-open spaces. And there’s nothing better than your kids being occupied for two solid hours of early-bedtime inducing play. There is plenty to see – watch your kids on the play equipment, sit on a park bench and imagine how long it would take to clean one of the mansions you can see across the Broadwater, walk out onto the jetty and watch the boats passing by or spot fish in the water.

There is a main adventure playground with lots to explore, and a boat shaped playground close by. Other playgrounds are scattered along the pathway north. The playground equipment is nautical themed and includes boats, seesaws, spinning poles, giant climbing web, swings, merry-go-round, slides and climbing frames. One of the playgrounds is currently undergoing renovation.

Pack a picnic, something to swim in, a ball to kick or a scooter to ride – the whole family will be happy here for hours!


LOCATION The Esplanade, Paradise Point, QLD 4216

AGES 2-12

FEATURES Nautical themed playgrounds the length of the Esplanade, calm water swimming area, jetty/pier,  toilets, BBQs, picnic tables, rubbish bins, shade sails over beach,  bike/walking path that runs the length of the foreshore and playground areas, cafes and shops close by. Outdoor workout equipment also along the pathway. Water fountains, volleyball net,  lots of shade. Fishing pier, park benches, trees to climb.

HIGHLIGHTS Large play areas with plenty of relaxing spaces for adults (the big ‘daybed’ benches are great!),  and cafes/fish and chips/shops close by.

ENCLOSED swimming, yes. Playgrounds, no.

GROUND COVER woodchip, artificial turf, concrete paths and grassed areas

SHADE SAILS Yes, some playgrounds




Golden Four Park

Golden Four Park

This super cute neighbourhood playground is located on the Gold Coast Highway in Tugun

If you’re not a local, it’s a great little playground to help break up a trip to the airport, or further south.

It is close to public toilets (just off the carpark), is fully enclosed, has plenty of shade, and seats to relax.

There is a bright and colourful playground, with a spiral slide, rock-climbing wall, swings and spring rockers.


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Golden Four Park

LOCATION: Gold Coast Highway, Tugun

AGES 2.5 -10

AMENITIES: Toilets, BBQ, bench,

HIGHLIGHTS: cute spiral slide






Doodlebugs Play Centre Review

Doodlebugs Play Centre Review


Doodlebugs is a family owned and operated play centre located in Miami on the Gold Coast. It is one of the largest centres on the Gold Coast with a large cafe area and large play areas for older children. It is fully air-conditioned with complimentary Wi-Fi for your use, making it a great respite spot for working parents that need to get some laptop work done!.


Doodlebugs has a separate toddler area and a dedicated ‘walker’ area for little ones. It includes a slide, trampoline, kitchenette and some blocks to play with. There are no ride-ons.

The larger play area includes three slides, large climbing equipment, ball pit, spinning columns and a Cannonball Battle Zone. Kids can shoot foam balls and deliver them back to the cannons to shoot out again. This is loads of fun but does make the centre very noisy.

There is an indoor train that runs two-hourly at 10am, 12pm and 2pm (except it does not run on Mondays). If there are lots of children, they will do a few trips around so that everyone gets a go. The first ride is free with entry; extra rides are $1. It is definitely a highlight of visiting Doodlebugs!



The cafe is good and has a varied menu (melts, acai bowls, smoothies), although serving times are long and the option to buy smaller serves of ‘red’ food would be a positive. The tables and chairs are a bit close together and make navigating the centre, or finding a spot to put your pram a bit tricky – if possible, grab a ‘picnic’ bench for the kids- there is plenty of room for strollers in this section and you get a great position to supervise your children.

Some prices are a bit expensive ($1 for a Chupa Chup or 5 rice crackers for example) and $7 for a bowl of chips (no smaller option available). However, overall the variety is good, and the convenience of having smaller snack sizes is handy.

There is an outdoor seating area, which is enclosed, however not covered, so is wet when it rains.



The toilets are clean and baby change facilities are provided.

Parking is right out the front of the centre on the road.


  • The train!
  • Airconditioned and free wi-fi
  • One of the largest centres


  • Long waiting times for food and coffee
  • Can be noisy due to the air-compressed cannons



Under 11 months- Free

12 months – 5 years $9.50

6 – 12 years $11.50

Adults free

Ask them about their 10 visit and six month passes – we have a six month pass and it’s great value.


OPENING HOURS 9am – 3pm daily 7 days a week (Saturday 4pm close)

Closed public holidays and Mothers and Fathers Days.


LOCATION: 6/54 Paradise Avenue, Miami

Doodlebugs Miami
Pratten Park Broadbeach

Pratten Park Broadbeach

Pratten Park in Broadbeach is located on Old Burleigh Road at the end of Margaret Avenue.

It’s the older playground out of two on this stretch (the other is the All Abilites Playground, sometimes called Kurruwa Pratten Park), however it still has some play equipment unique to the suburb.

The pedal monorail  is a huge highlight of this park, along with the flying fox and boat. In addition there is a spiral slide, swings, spring rockers, spinning disk and a mountain-themed climbing frame.

Pratten Park Broadbeach

LOCATION Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

AMENITIES toilet, beach shower, water fountain, benches, shade sails, BBQ, gym equipment, walking path

AGES 3-12

HIGHLIGHTS gorgeous location, pedal monorail, flying fox


GROUND COVER woodchip and rubber



Ronnie Long Park -Tallebudgera Surf Club

Ronnie Long Park -Tallebudgera Surf Club

Ronnie Long Park is located on the beachside of Tallebudgera Surf Club, overlooking the northern end of Palm Beach.

One of our favourite things about this playground is the small cafe underneath the surf club which has a selection of drinks and snacks suitable for kids, as well as a good coffee. There is nothing like making one stop for coffee and a play!

It is in a gorgeous beachside location, close to the walking path that takes you around to Talle Creek, and even to Burleigh Heads over the headland. Kids can ride their scooters along the walking path (but watch the steep path to the carpark).

It also has lots of parking, toilets close-by, shade sails and lots to explore for kids.

The playground is huge and divided into two areas.

The first area is located directly in front of the surf club and includes a fantastic plane for kids to ‘fly’ and turn the wheels and dials. There are also standard swings, and a little slide, rock-climbing walls,  lookout and whale spring rocker. This area has a sand ground cover and it is intended for younger kids.

The second area is a huge three-storey structure that includes multiple slides, a ‘beach maze’, fireman poles, spinning web, and web swing. This area has a soft rubber ground cover.

Both playgrounds are semi-enclosed, but are close to the car-park, so careful supervision is a must.

Bring a blanket and set up under one of the trees around the park – there are benches but they tend to fill up early, and are not under shade.

Ronnie Long Park – Tallebudgera Surf Club

LOCATION 1505 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach North

AMENITIES toilet,  beach shower, water fountain, benches, shade sails, cafe, surf club, gym equipment, walking path

AGES 2-12

HIGHLIGHTS 3-storey play area, plane play equipment, gorgeous location

ENCLOSED partially

GROUND COVER sand and rubber



Reg Chesters Park Burleigh Heads

Reg Chesters Park Burleigh Heads

Reg Chesters Park is a fantastic playground with some fun features that kids will love, and want to return to play on again.

Our little ones love the circle of swings (you get to share the fun and see each other’s smiles), and the dune buggy!

It is located on the Esplanade at Burleigh, and close to McDonalds and 7-11, so grabbing a coffee here isn’t a problem. If you are on your own, McDonalds drive-through is there to save the day!

This playground has a giant playgym with climbing web, suspension bridge, two slides, look-out, shop front with measuring scales and cash register,

It also has giant sunglasses, a ‘thong’ spring rocker, dune buggy and a circle of swings.

Reg Chesters Park Burleigh Heads

ADDRESS: The Esplanade Burleigh Heads (close to Fifth Ave – McDonalds Burleigh)

AMENETIES: fully fenced, benches, picnic tables, beach showers, coffee a short walk away.

HIGHLIGHTS: Circle of swings, dune buggy, fish and chip shopfront.

Enclosed: yes- gates at both ends

Ground cover: sand

Shade cover: no

Toilets: no

Other playgrounds that are fully-fenced.

Other playgrounds close to coffee.

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The Pirate Park Palm Beach

The Pirate Park Palm Beach

The Pirate Park at Palm Beach has to be one of the most popular parks on the Gold Coast. And why not, it has everything!

There is a fantastic playground, sure to spark imaginative play, a lovely grassed area for ball games and picnics, plenty of shade and parking, a cafe nearby, and the amazing Currumbin Creek inlet for shallow water play.

The playground has lots of interesting things to explore- pirate themed of course!

There are barrels, boats, a treasure chest full of booty, a crocodile, caves to explore and a pirate ship to navigate.

Kids can climb, spin, slide and row themselves crazy in this awesome spot!

Be warned, the slide is fast and little people will literally be thrown from the bottom. It’s also, shall we say, gritty? Not our favourite slide! Also, there are no swings here.

We do, however, love hiding in the barrels, rowing the boat and calling ‘land ahoy’ from the crows nest.

Make sure you take a bucket and spade for some sand play, either around the playground or at the calm-water beach.


The rest of the park is perfect for laying on a picnic blanket while the kids play (watch for green ants) and enjoing a coffee or reading a book. The playground isn’t fenced though, so supervision is a must.

After the kids have worked up a sweat take them to the creek for a cool-off. Sandy beaches under shady trees – what more could you want! There are stairs down to the water, and beach showers to clean up before heading home.

Pirate Park Palm Beach

ADDRESS 45 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

AGES Toddler – 12





AMENITIES cafe, toilets, beach shower, bubbler, car park, picnic tables, BBQs, benches, shade sail, shady trees, change rooms, disabled toilet, gravel/rubber soft ground cover

HIGHLIGHTS pirate theme, calm water beach

Genesis Playground Coomera

Genesis Playground Coomera

Genesis Playground Coomera is a fresh modern playground with equipment for every age.


The playground is cleverly divided into two sections – one for younger kids and a more advanced section for older kids.

The lower part of the playground is for little ones and there is plenty to do! The ground of the playground is covered in gravel for a soft fall, and the area is filled with fun, imaginative equipment, including a tube piano, drums, a digger, climbing net and two small slides. We loved banging the drums and making A LOT of noise with the tube piano.We also had fun on a spring rocker and a donut swing, which makes a nice change from a standard swing.

Whether by design or coincidence, the younger play area is also closest to the undercover picnic table/BBQ area. This meant when my bub needed feeding, I was able to sit in the shade and keep my toddler in my sights. Genius Genesis!

Up the small ramp is the largest piece of equipement – a giant climbing frame with rock climbing walls and all sorts of challenges for older kids. Whether it’s their own local ninja warrior course,  or simply hanging around with friends, bigger kids will find some fun here. There is also a big spinner and an oval close by for big kids to kick a ball.

Two huge shade sails protect children from the heat of the day. We keep a bag of sand play equipment in our car and we got it out for some sand play in the shade.

Genesis is a clever little playground that will entertain big and little kids!

Genesis Playground Coomera

LOCATION Jindalba Drive Coomera. (Enter Genesis Estate from Foxwell Road)

AGES 1-12


GROUND COVER: rubber and sand



AMENITIES Picnic table, BBQ, shade sail

HIGHLIGHTS Divided play areas, little play equipment, play digger.

Albert Park Broadbeach Waters

Albert Park Broadbeach Waters

Albert Park – Broadbeach Waters

Albert Park is a fully-fenced playground on Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters set in a lovely shady natural setting close to the river. There is a car park right out the front, and it’s in a central location, so it’s a handy park to drop in for a quick play to burn some energy.

The playground has a large climbing frame with a large bridge, accessible by stairs, leading to additional climbing areas and a noughts and crosses game. It is a good climbing frame for children aged 4+. The bridge is fun for toddlers but the rest of the frame is too high and advanced for very young children.

The slide is accessible by a chain web or curved circle ladder. Unfortunately the two big pieces aren’t linked, which meant my toddler couldn’t access the slide (except by climbing up it).

For older children there is also a flying fox and swings.

Younger children can play on the small spring toys, the swings and a small manual digging machine that was the star of our visit. The ground is woodchip, so there is plenty of loose stuff to ‘dig’, although little ones will need help to coordinate picking up and moving the ‘dirt’.



There are picnic tables outside of the playground towards the river, and a water bubbler is just outside the fence for when the kids get thirsty.

A basketball court, walking path and off-leash dog park is close by.

Albert Park – Broadbeach Waters

LOCATION Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters

AGES 2-10


GROUND COVER: woodchip

SHADE SAILS: no – but lots of trees


AMENITIES Fully-fenced, water bubbler, shade, picnic tables, carpark

HIGHLIGHTS Play digger, fully-fenced, lots of cool shade.