Ahoy there landlubbers! Do you love a pirate-themed playground? What about a BIG playground? And what about a playground suitable for every age from toddlers to teens?
Laguna Park in Palm Beach definitely ticks all of these boxes, making it one of our favourite Gold Coast playgrounds.
It is the sort of park that you can spend a few hours playing at (similar to Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach but about ½ the size) with grassy areas to sit, picnic benches and BBQs, making it a great choice for a children’s birthday party.
It is fully fenced (tick!) and has a bark chip base (another big tick!). It’s also has a huge variety of play equipment, shade sails and a paths that circle the play area making it a great playground to let the kids loose with their scooters or trikes (probably not suitable for bigger bikes).
Small Pirate Ship area.
This area is separate to the large playground, sitting outside of the scooter track, and is suitable for kids 2-5 years. There are nooks and crannies for little ones to explore, a wobbly plank just a few inches off the ground, a slide and ‘shop-fronts’ for imaginary play. There are also some funny faces to put together, although these are a bit hard for tiny tots.
The Fairy Ring
There is a cluster of brightly painted fairy mushrooms at the eastern side of the park for children to explore. It is the perfect spot for talking with the fairy folk who live in this part of the playground, and it is protected by shady trees.
The Main Park
The main park is a huge oval shape and is surrounded by a scooter path (complete with zebra crossings), and a two-train monorail ride for mums that want to tone their thighs!
We tried out the monorail and, be warned, it is in a constant state of friction! There is no forward momentum here, just push or pedal power – we made 2 laps and couldn’t go on (Mum challenge: how many laps can you do?). The monorail goes underneath the main play equipment – exciting!
The main slides in the playground are attached to a huge play platform that has an underwater theme, with stingrays flying across the front of it. Despite its height, it is accessible by stairs, so adventurous little tots can get up there themselves. The main tunnel is quite low though, so we didn’t follow our little one in. Once children reach the other end, there are two ways they can go – down a spiral slide or climb down a firm netted tunnel, taking them to another two slides, and chain ladder (watch the drop here for little ones) and more stairs. Underneath are various play areas for little people and next door is a climbing web, fun for all ages
The rest of the park has quite a collection of equipment including a station intended for sand, however the ground covering is now bark, so this is a bit stiff and doesn’t really function as intended.
There are also wacky mirrors to play around, space-ship shaped spinners, two sets of swings (toddler and normal), and another smaller slide set with a chain ladder to access. There is also a liberty swing for kids in wheelchairs
We spent a good morning at Laguna Park. There is ample free parking within the park, a good coffee shop in the shopping strip across the road, and plenty of grassy spots close to the playground to put out a blanket and sit with friends or bubs while you watch the kids. There is also free hot water available so you can easily heat a bottle or make your own coffee!
Laguna Park Palm Beach
LOCATION 130 Laguna Avenue, Palm Beach, QLD 4227
AGES Something to do for kids of all ages
AMENITIES Fully fenced playground, free parking, coffee shop across the road (1 block back), BBQ area, hot water available for bottles and coffee, shaded picnic benches, benches, pathway for scooters, pathways for walking, public toilets, off-lead area for dogs, water fountain.
HIGHLIGHTS monorail pedal-train, fully-fenced, all-ages
GET THERE Take the Palm Beach exit off the M1, turn right down Tahiti, and lefi into Laguna.