Ed Hardy Park at Miami/North Burleigh is a fabulous beach-side play area for children. There are large open spaces, a lovely shaded playground, plenty of benches and BBQs, a patrolled beach with rocks to explore at low tide, and a gorgeous view of our coastline from the top of the lookout.
It has a nautical-themed playground on soft-fall surface, which is spread out over three parts – the bow of the boat has little shelf seats and potholes to poke little faces out of, and the back of the boat is a chain climbing net, which cleverly provides a physical barrier from the carpark/road that is very close to the playground.
The middle part of the boat includes climbing webs, a firemans pole, lots of things to twirl and poke at, and two slides. This is accessed by stairs at one end, so even little tots can easily climb up and have an explore.
Underneath the main section is a Galley for shop play and mandatory imaginary fish and chips.
There is also a standard swing set which is usually very busy.
When the kids tire of the playground, there is plenty of grass for kicking a ball around, paths for scooter or bike riding, a patrolled beach, surf club and the headland to explore.
You can definitely spend at least two hours, if not the whole day having fun in Ed Hardy park. Coffee is available from the nook on the southern end of the surf club, but they do close at 2pm. Food and drinks are also available from the surf club.
Our normal visit would normally consist of a play on the playground, coffee and an acai bowl from the nook, and an explore of the rocks on the beach, which at low tide has little rock pools to explore (just watch for crashing waves!). We always take a towel and beach toys and just let the kids explore.
Be warned that the road is quite close and the park can be used at night, so always wear shoes and look out for broken glass, particularly early in the morning before council workers clean up any rubbish.
While not as big as some parks, everything is accessible for younger children, and other features of the parks make it a must-do!
Gold Coast Playgrounds and Parks -Ed Hardy Park
LOCATION The Esplanade, Miami (North Burleigh)
AMENITIES Playground, public toilets, BBQs, picnic tables, benches, scooter path, showers, lots of parking, drinking fountain, scenic headland, patrolled beach.
HIGHLIGHTS Accessible for toddlers and non-climbers, see ocean from playground, combine with a visit to the beach, great food close by, scenic lookout.