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The best northern Gold Coast playgrounds for kids of all ages

Kobi Facto | December 18, 2020

The northern Gold Coast is emerging as the playground epicentre of the city.

As new residential developments come to life so do the expansive playgrounds, sporting fields and manicured green spaces. From the established coastal parklands of Paradise Point to the shiny new mega playgrounds of Pimpama, there are certainly plenty of exciting places to keep the kids entertained.

Bim’bimba Park, Pimpama

Gainsborough Drive, Pimpama

Gainsborough Greens in Pimpama is home to the best new park in Queensland. The $7.5 million Bim’bimba Park was awarded top honours in the Parks and Recreation category of the 2020 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Queensland Awards for Excellence.

Bim’bimba Park features the highest structure in the entire suburb of Pimpama – a 14 metre high play tower, inspired by the bulging form of the Australian bottle tree – which is surrounded by a nature based playground with recycled timber play equipment and artistic elements, including 110 wooden totems.

The five hectare green space is described as one of the most feature-packed in the region, including play, sporting, entertainment and fitness facilities, with multi zones to engage people of all ages and abilities.

Meaning ‘Place of the Soldier Bird’, Bim’bimba Park also includes a basketball half-court, skate ramps, outdoor table tennis, grassed kick-about spaces, shaded barbeque and picnic areas, an outdoor amphitheatre and three kilometres of walk and cycle paths that connect to a 14 kilometre network throughout the community.

Facilities: BBQs, shaded picnic areas, parking, bike path, playground, basketball half court, toilets.

Bim’bimba Park

 

Aquila Park, Pimpama

37 Swan Rd, Pimpama

Another playground rising out of the residential area of Gainsborough Greens in Pimpama is Aquila Park. The kids will be instantly drawn to the two-story enclosed climbing tower. While only a small park compared to its neighbour Bim’bimba, this play area is sure to tick all the boxes with the kids. There is a toddler cubby house with swings, intermediate climbing ropes and balance beams and of course the giant tower slide. Be sure to pack the scooters and snacks.

Facilities: BBQs, shaded picnic areas, parking, bike path, playground, toilets.

Eagle Tree Park, Coomera Foreshore

Corner of Dales Way and Foreshore Streets, Coomera

Kids of all ages will love Eagle Tree Park for its impressive two-level cubby house-style climbing tower complete with bridges, tunnels, slides and a birds-nest lookout. Surrounded by grassed areas and riverbed landscaping, the park also features a toddler play gym, swings, basketball half court and plenty of pathways for the kids to ride bikes and scooters. Eagle Tree Park is located in a residential area so it is best to bring a packed lunch. There are BBQs, shaded picnic areas and toilet facilities available too.

Facilities: BBQs, shaded picnic areas, parking, bike path, playground, basketball half court, toilets.

 

Tallowwood Park, Upper Coomera

Tallowwood Park, Upper Coomera

Rose Valley Drive, Upper Coomera

Get into nature at Tallowwood Park. A central lake is flanked by abundant greenspace and sprawling bike paths that both toddlers and teens can enjoy. The fur-babies are also welcome with a dedicated area for dogs to exercise off-leash. Wander the garden paths to find ducks and turtles basking in the lake.  There is a classic gated playground for the little ones with slides, swings and climbing equipment. There is even a café nearby for the adults to grab a coffee. Bring a picnic rug and stay a while.

Facilities: BBQs, shaded picnic areas, parking, bike path, fenced playground, dogs exercise area, toilets, cafe nearby.

Parklake, Maudsland

Corner of Greenway Blvd and Binstead Way, Maudsland

If you haven’t yet been to Parklake then go ahead and put it on the top of your park to-do-list! Located behind Pacific Pines, this expansive park features three huge play areas including a two-story cubby house and slide, climbing ropes, seesaw, tunnels, flying fox and more. It even has its own cricket field and adult exercise equipment too. You’ll love this park for its rich greenery, duck pond and contained play areas. It’s best to bring snacks with you and take advantage of the shaded picnic areas and BBQs. Happy playing!

Facilities: BBQs, shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, bike paths toilets, parking.

Gibirrngaan Park, Maudsland

Green Court, Maudsland

Gibirrngaan Park is a little unexpected – in the best way possible.  This cute little playground has a contemporary dreamtime theme centred around a huge black snake statue. There is play equipment for both young and old with a toddler cubby and slide as well as a giant rope-climbing tower and enclosed slide for the bigger kids. There are no toilets or cafes nearby so go prepared. However there are several shaded picnic tables for BYO snack breaks.

Facilities: shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, bike paths, parking.

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Celadon Park, The Surrounds Helensvale

Laurel Drive, Helensvale

Tucked in the new residential area behind Westfield Helensvale, The Surrounds (as it’s known by locals) is a popular spot for mummy meet-ups. There is plenty of exciting play equipment for kids of all ages to explore – complete with climbing ropes, slides, in-ground trampolines and a flying fox. Grab a coffee from the adjoining café or settle in with a packed lunch under the shaded BBQ pavilion.

Facilities: BBQs, shaded picnic areas, parking, bike path, playground, cafe nearby.

 

Paradise Point

 

Paradise Point Parklands

The Esplanade, Paradise Point

Paradise Point Parklands has been a northern Gold Coast family favourite for almost three generations. The sprawling 1.5km greenspace is flanked by the pristine Broadwater and features multiple playgrounds, bike paths and calm-water swimming spots – perfect for kids of all ages. The quaint town of Paradise Point is adjacent to the park and offers various eateries, cafes, ice cream parlours and fish and chip shops. The park is also popular for kid’s birthday parties with its array of shaded picnic tables and BBQs. Furry-friends are also welcome with areas for on and off-leash exercise. You’ll notice many of the Paradise Point cafes also cater to dogs with pooch-friendly menu items and water bowls available. Bring your towel, picnic rug and fishing rod. It’s a day well spent at Paradise Point.

Facilities: BBQs, shaded picnic areas, cafes, swimming, bike paths, playgrounds, dogs exercise area, toilets, parking.