OUR LOCAL PARKS ARE PERFECT FOR RUNNING AMOK AND SOAKING UP THE SPRING SUN. GOLD COAST MAYOR TOM TATE SHARES HIS TOP 10 SPOTS FOR PICNICS, PLAY AND PUPPY DATES WITH AMBER MACPHERSON
KURRAWA PARK Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
No one misses out at Kurrawa Park, where all levels of abilities are encouraged to have fun. “Kurrawa Park is a great example of how the Gold Coast aims to cater for everyone,” Tom says. “The All Abilities Playground offers several play zones with varied play abilities and ages in mind. Only metres away is Kurrawa Beach, which offers free hire of beach access equipment including matting and beach wheelchairs via Kurrawa Surf Lifesaving Club.”
PALM BEACH PARKLANDS 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Ahoy, me hearties — children who dare enter pirate land are guaranteed a great time. One of the most popular parks on the Gold Coast, Palm Beach Parklands offers a pirate-themed playground as well as wide footpaths for cycling. “The pirate ship-themed playground is a hit with kids and is designed to encourage imaginative play. The wide paths are perfect for taking the bike out and there are plenty of grassed areas to enjoy a picnic or cricket.”
WINDERS PARK Duringan St, Currumbin
Overlooking Currumbin Creek, Winders Park is a secluded spot to paddle in the water and muck around on a kayak. “If you love your water spots, you’ll want to pop Winders Park on your to-do list. It is the perfect spot to enjoy everything from kayaking to standup paddle boarding. With picnic facilities, barbecues, toilets and a boat ramp, it makes for a great family day out on the water.”
BROADWATER PARKLANDS Gold Coast Hwy, Southport
If parks were people, Broadwater Parklands would be your energetic friend that just wants to entertain. Whether it’s food trucks, live concerts or fundraisers, you’re likely to come across a fun family event most weekends here. “From movies under the stars, salsa dancing, pedal cars, a rockpools water playground, train rides to Christmas carols and more, there is something for everyone. Pack your swimmers and a picnic,” Tom says.
JUSTINS PARK 1698 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Feel the sea spray in your hair as you frolic at Justins Park, a grassy nook right on the water. “The Burleigh atmosphere is second to none,” Tom says. “With plenty of shade, barbecues, picnic tables and benches, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy a barbecue lunch.” Complete the picture with fish and chips from one of the nearby eateries.
SCHUSTER PARK EVANDALE PARKLANDS Ouyan St, Surfers Paradise
Flanking the Gold Coast City Council chambers and Home of the Arts, Evandale Parklands is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise. With sprawling lawns and a wading pool, Tom recommends visiting the park for a long, lazy alfresco lunch. “With the farmers’ markets on every Sunday, you can pick up some treats and enjoy a picnic with a view. The tidal swimming lagoon is a great way to cool off on a summer’s day.”
506 Schusters Rd, Tallebudgera
The former grounds of a dairy farm, the lush 68ha of Schuster Park is a hit with dog owners. “This park offers one of the largest offleash dog exercise areas on the Gold Coast, giving your furry friend plenty of room to stretch his legs. Along with walking trails, horseriding, boat ramp and shoreline fishing, this peaceful park is great for recreational activities.”
SYD DUNCAN PARK PIZZEY PARK 80 Pacific Ave, Miami
Wander in to Pizzey Park on a weekend or after work and you may accidentally sign up to a team sport. Pizzey Park caters to a variety of group activities with football fields, athletics tracks, tennis courts and more. “Pizzey Park is the unofficial home of grassroots sports on the Gold Coast,” Tom says. “With a skate and BMX park for keen riders and winding paths for joggers, Pizzey Park is a haven for those who love to stay active.”
19 Outlook Ave, Lower Beechmont
Boasting a beautiful vista looking west to the hinterland, Syd Duncan Park is a pocket of paradise. Not only is it picturesque, it is now home to a communitybuilt nature play area. “This park was revamped last year with fitness stations, covered picnic shelters, basketball half-court, playground and a walking track to go hand-in-hand with the spectacular scenery.”
HINTERLAND REGIONAL PARK 40 Hardys Rd, Mudgeeraba
Bring your mountain bike along to Hinterland Regional Park and you’ll be entertained for hours exploring its winding trails and tracks. The 62ha of bushland is great for exploring on foot, on wheels or on horseback. “You’ll be able to do everything from horse riding, mountain biking, running, nature study to walking amid a scenic backdrop,” Tom says.