Thornlands Community Park - Playground
Thornlands Community Park has received a huge upgrade - This fantastic playground is massive, it features sensory and all-abilities play, and will keep the kids entertained for hours!
A huge climbing structure with three towers is a highlight of the playground, two towers feature giant enclosed with skylights. These towers are accessed by an extensive network of climbing ropes, and bridges joining them. There is also a crow's nest for pirate roll play.
Its hard to pick which feature in this park is your favourite, as each area seems as popular and fun as the last. One thing is for sure, this park caters for all ages and skill levels, has considered all interests and types and is somewhere you could easily spend a whole day at. There is even a massive double racer flying fox for the more adventurous older kids.
Further along it starts to feel a like you are in a scene from Teletubbies, with large climbing mounds covered in soft matting and imaginative play equipment like this little farmers market house. This fantastic creation has a slide, outdoor dining area and a couple of little spots to set up in.
The second stage of works was undertaken in 2021 and included the implementation of an agricultural-themed play space located within the existing play area, celebrating the site’s heritage. The whole playground features a farm-theme with huge pumpkins, watermelons and tomatoes scattered throughout, and a tractor ride!
This awesome playground also includes nature play – with stepping stones, tree stumps and giant frogs – as well as water play with pumps and troughs.
Scattered throughout the new playground are a number of benches, sandstone blocks for play or seating, and shaded picnic and BBQ areas. Cleverly, the entire playground is fenced with pool fencing to help keep children safe from the surrounding suburb's streets and the car park.
Some of the other features include rubber soft fall toddler play area, sand pit with fossils to uncover, multiple swings set, spring rockers, and spinning carousel.
Other facilities at Thornlands Community Park playground include:
with disabled and baby change facilities.
Water fountains, including ones designed to refill water bottles.
A car park with designated disabled parking - although the entire car park can fill up quite quickly.
- Multiple general rubbish and recycling bins.
Broadwater Parklands, Southport - Playground
Gold Coast families are welcoming the addition of a brand-new play attraction, officially opened at the Broadwater Parklands. The $5-million project, which spans 5,000 square metres and features equipment for all abilities.
The playground, located on the northern end of the Broadwater, features a four-level spiral tower with interactive play equipment, as well as a water and sand play area.
Play equipment including play panels, swings, slides, trampolines, diggers, stepping stones, balance beams, a carousel, climbing walls, and climbing nets also add to the area, as well as shade sails and plenty of BBQ’s. Take the kids out for a very special occasion know you can bring your own picnic, and it’s no cost. The park has range of elements designed for all abilities.
Gold Coast, Australia
"Perfect place to go as a family and know the kids will be engaged all day without spending a cent. Along with the rock pools there is a bouncy trampoline, a bike on a rail and there is a blow up adventure course in the ocean."
Broadwater Parklands Map
Frew Park, Milton - Playground
Frew Park, is situated on the grounds where the iconic Milton Tennis Centre used to rest. The Frew Park playground is nothing short of amazing and the perfect place for kindergarten, primary and high school kids. The area’s tennis heritage features throughout, but the main theme is one of an industrial building site.
The 3.5 ha parkland is named after the father of Queensland Tennis Robert Dickson Allen Frew. Apart from the fantastic grassed playing field and tennis courts, the park also features a futuristic playground and upstairs café where visitors can sit and enjoy a coffee and sweet treat.
The play area was created for all ages. Older children can climb a tower via a climbing net, slide down the firemen’s pole and explore the network of interlinked tunnels and bridges or slide down the mega tube slide!
"This park appears to have been designed for kids by kids/mad scientists. Amazing climbing walls and structures, open grass and traditional swings, our group of kids were never bored and are begging to return. For the parents, there is a café in the tennis centre. The car park is a bit small, so chose your times wisely."
Bim'bimba Park, Pimpama - PlaygroundBim'bimba parkland at Gainsborough Greens is a $7.5 million, 3.5 hectare green space is designed for all ages and abilities, with a strong focus on sustainability and connection with the surrounding environment.
The defining feature of the parklands is a one-of-a-kind elevated play tower - the highest in Pimpama - which sits alongside a nature-based playground including fallen tree climbing structures.
The park features pockets of play spaces which appeal to different age groups. Little ones can enjoy family-friendly parklands, which opens with a toddler playground, transitioning along a spine through climbing structures and play elements. While older children can explore a twisted climbing tree, a timber forest with carved animal sculptures and sound play. Teens can make use of a basketball half-court, skate sculptures and a ping pong table.
Gold Coast, AustraliaPlay area for kids big and small
"Lots of options for all sizes. Take the balls and the scooters. Lots of space for the crew. Plenty picnic benches and BBQs to share. Across the road from McDonald's. Plenty space for gazebos and blankets. I would suggest a cooler for the day. Sunblock a must. Wheelchair friendly."
Bim'bimba park map
Calamvale District Park - Playground
Calamvale District Park has a huge fan club of Brisbane kids who love to climb, run, jump and swing. This playground includes an enormous skywalk that is definitely the biggest drawcard.
Your little ones will also be love the plentiful features of this Brisbane playground which also includes a flying fox, basket swings, spinning discs, a miniature skywalk for those just starting off, and bike tracks for racing your friends. You may also book one of the three designated sites within the park for special events, birthdays etc.
Brisbane, AustraliaGreat Park, lots of play equipment for kids of all ages
"Pretty much walking and upwards. Swings, climbing equipment, flying fox, rope bridge etc Loads of space. Can get very busy on weekends & holidays. Plenty of shaded areas & toilets plus BBQ areas."
Palm Beach Parklands & Pirate Playground
Palm Beach Parklands is one of the best and most popular areas on the Gold Coast. The beautiful open space parklands, overlooking Currumbin Creek is the place for a great day out by the water.
The old pirate ship had 12 years of use and was loved by all, the Pirate Park playground needed upgrading. A new and improved $1.4 million play space has been delivered to explore and let the imagination run wild, this new and beautifully designed playground will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.
The design has maintained the pirate ship theme and provides a variety of different play scape's and experiences for a range of ages.
Some of the upgraded play structure features include - climbing nets and walls, a suspension bridge, telescopes, cannons, a giant flying fox, an 8-metre tunnel slide and a spinning globe.
Gold Coast, Australia
"Part of me wants to downplay how good this park is so that it's not overloaded with visitors but that would be unfair of me and quite selfish. This is a really well-designed park that my own daughter just loves visiting and is incredibly difficult to pull away from. See for yourself, kids are transported into a world of imagination and piracy! Some of the other Gold Coast parks just lack that sense of character and fun, they're bland and poorly constructed with no soul. Combined with a swim or a paddle in the water, the Pirate Park is a great, free day out for your family. The park also has BBQ areas but you need to get in quickly. Picnics are a good option too, or Dune Café. Parking can be an issue - if that happens, you might have to just wait 5-10 minutes for someone to move (but get in quick)."
Riverside Green, South Bank - Playground
Overlooking the Brisbane River, The Riverside Green Playground features state-of-the-art equipment including - spinning supernova, rope bridges, multiple slides, climbing structures, mouse house and swings. There is also a toddler boat designed specifically for ages 2 and up. This shaded play area was designed with the whole family in mind featuring plenty of picnic tables, barbecues and a large lawn area.
One of the most noticeable pieces of equipment is the bright pink skywalk. It features 3 towers joined via rope bridges and climbing webs high above the ground. There are 4 entry points catering for all ages and abilities, once the kids have made it to the top they can move safely between the 3 towers thanks to an enclosed walkway. You can find similar rope bridge at Calamvale District Park, as featured above.
I had to stay few hours for him to have fun with lots of kids. It's just next to the pool, so kids can play here then cool down at the pool. Such a great combination!!
Kurrawa - Pratten Park Playground, Broadbeach
The Gold Coast City Council co-designed this amazing all abilities playground with Disability Services Queensland and the results are amazing. Situated along the foreshore of Broadbeach and running over 1km in length, Kurrawa and Pratten Park together offer a large vicinity of flat ground, open spaces, play areas and plenty of shade.
Sensory, motor, imaginative and educational aspects are all incorporated into the playground which features multiple zones including – Sea, Sandcastle and Hill, all interconnected by pathways showcasing interactive community art projects.
These two superb parks are located right on the beach at Kurrawa and also offer excellent barbecue and picnic facilities. They are a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. For those looking for perfect that outdoor workout exercise equipment is scattered throughout the parks.
Gold Coast, AustraliaGreat for the kids
"This is a fantastic park that sprawls along the beachfront. There is plenty of room to kick a ball and to let the kids run around. You have a few different playgrounds as well. Go early for them as they get busy. You can get a coffee at the surf club now downstairs. There is lots of cheap food options in Broadbeach as well. In the afternoon you get shade from the buildings. Great for a hot day."More information on