AH-MAZING new forest-themed park has opened… and we LOVE it!

AdvertisementStockland Aura has added to its continually growing park network with the opening of a brand new 10-hectare park in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Baringa.

Nestled alongside a fragment of Blackbutt Forest, the first stage of the Baringa Forest Park features state-of-the-art play equipment. It also includes a giant 8-metre climbing tower and 60m flying fox.

A 60m flying fox at the new nature-themed Baringa Forest Park

Designed for all ages and abilities, the park features a Tipi Spinner and two dedicated swing areas. While little ones will stay entertained with an inclusive play zone filled with sensory, social, physical, passive and tactile activities.

The park also includes public barbecues, picnic shelters and toilets. This makes it a great location for people to get outside and spend time together. Advertisement

The public amenities at Stockland Aura's new Baringa Forest Park

Josh Sondergeld, Stockland Aura’s project director, says the nature-themed park is highly anticipated by residents and locals.

“We’re so excited to offer residents another unique space modelled off the natural beauty of the adjoining blackbutt forest,” he says.

“From its challenging eucalyptus leaf-designed tower to its surrounding nature reserve and proximity to the wider Baringa community, the play space is perfect for residents and visitors seeking new outdoor experiences.”

Mr Sondergeld says as community grows, the park will provide local residents another exciting interactive park that offers a thrilling and adventurous play experience.

A boy plays on a slide at the new Baringa Forest Park

Baringa Forest Park

Baringa Forest Park is the trailhead to nearly 9 kilometres of planned recreation trails through 240ha of environmental reserve.

Designed to be easily accessible and enjoyable for all skill levels, the trails also include a gentle 1km bicycle circuit, making it ideal for beginner riders and hikers. The trail will also provide an excellent learning foundation for beginner riders wanting to advance to the nearby Sugar Bag Mountain Bike Trails.

The new bike trails at Baringa Forest Park are perfect for all skill levels.

For a nature experience closer to home, a walking trail through the towering canopy of the blackbutt forest is available. It’s located immediately adjacent to the Baringa Forest Park playground.

Stockland Aura's Baringa Forest Park has a number of bushwalk trails to explore.

Aura is home to a number of popular parks, including the soon-to-open Aura Dinosaur Park at Nirimba. The prehistoric-themed park will feature a giant dinosaur-shaped play piece for children to swing and slide on. In addition, it has a climbable neck and tail.

Aura’s parks are connected with the community’s signature cycling veloway and walking paths. This allows all 7,500 residents to fill their weekends with adventure, fun and exercise.

Baringa Forest Park is part of the ever-growing Aura Park Trail. To date, the trail features 16 uniquely themed and interconnected parks located throughout the community. An important feature of the Aura community masterplan is the placement of a park within 400m of each and every home. The Baringa Forest Park is the latest addition to Aura’s booming park network.

Baringa Forest Park’s official launch takes place on April 10. For more information follow Stockland Aura on Facebook (@auraqld) or Instagram (@stockland_aura).


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Written by Angela Sutherland

After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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