PARKS

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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FEATURE -

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.

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