Over the years, local Sunshine Coast families have watched Aura grow from a few primary roads to a bustling community. But being at the southern tip of the Sunshine Coast, it’s not a place Northern Coasters often visit. Well, grab the kids and the scooters because, with 17 parks filled with fun and adventure, Stockland Aura’s Park Trail is home to some of the best Sunshine Coast parks and playgrounds.
When designing Aura, savvy developers Stockland promised a park within 400 metres of every home, creating affordability via shared community spaces like parks and playgrounds and offering families the outdoor environment to grow and create lasting memories within a community. What’s more, the park trail is connected by a network of walking and cycling tracks that span throughout the community, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
This makes it easy for residents to get around the community without needing to get in the car. Plus, it’s an active way to explore these impressive Sunshine Coast parks!
Aura will have over 200km of dedicated, connected cycle and walking trails on completion. It is surely a testament to Stockland’s commitment to creating vibrant and sustainable communities.
What makes Aura’s Park Trail the best on the Sunshine Coast?
The park trail focuses on nature and the environment, with beautiful gardens and landscapes and native Australian flora. There are designated barbecue areas, perfect for a family get-together or a picnic with friends. And for the little ones, the trail has plenty of playgrounds with different themes and activities, such as Dino Park and Treehouse Park.
But that’s not all! The parks at Aura are designed to inspire a lifelong love of learning, inclusiveness, expression and creativity. Children can develop, evolve, interact, discover and learn who they are, all while having fun in a beautiful natural setting. The landscape is vital in creating unique connections between people and places. And this thriving community is characterised by open spaces and signature places facilitating interaction and exploration.
With such an abundance of parks and playgrounds, Aura’s Park Trail is the perfect place for families to enjoy various outdoor activities, from walking, running and cycling to skateboarding and rollerblading. The trail offers passive and active recreation and sporting opportunities, ensuring everyone can find something to suit their interests.
We have toured them all so that you can take your pick. Or why not pack a picnic, jump on your bikes and explore them all?!
Read on for a full rundown of Stockland Aura’s Sunshine Coast Parks!
Baringa Forest Park | Eden Drive, Baringa
Baringa Forest Park is a nature lover’s paradise, nestled alongside the Blackbutt Forest. It boasts state-of-the-art play equipment, including a giant eight-metre climbing tower and a 60-metre flying fox. Visitors can enjoy public barbecues, toilets and ample open green space.
Burnet Park | Burnet Circuit, Baringa
Burnet Park is a nature-themed playground designed with younger children in mind. It has a picturesque bushland backdrop, making it the perfect spot for a picnic. The playground features obstacle course elements, sand play, swings, a slide, bridges and a climbing wall.
Dino Park | Terrence Avenue, Nirimba
Dino Park is a dinosaur-themed playground with a giant ‘Aura-saurus’ play structure for children to swing and slide on, along with a climbable neck and tail. Younger children can explore a series of mini dino eggs, while older kids can uncover fossil designs in the digging pit.
Fig Tree Park | Annalise Circuit, Nirimba
Fig Tree Park has something for everyone, including a flying fox, swings, tower and play elements, and a climbing wall. Visitors can enjoy picnic shelters, barbecue facilities, a kickabout area, a half basketball court, and public toilets.
Games Park | Gabbie Crescent, Nirimba
Games Park is a colourful local park featuring an air-glider swing and game space, a handball court and wall, hopscotch, a maze, and more. The park also offers a picnic bench, shelter, and plenty of open green space, making it a perfect spot for a picnic or lawn games.
Island Park | Frederick Street, Nirimba
Island Park is an island-themed playground with hammock and rope swings, a climbing net, rope and balance bridges, spinners, and slides for younger users. There’s also an active play zone with a beach volleyball court, kickabout lawn, and picnic shelters. The park is suitable for all ages.
Lukin Park | Lukin Terrace, Baringa
Lukin Park is a playground with an impressive climbable tower and slide and play equipment suitable for all ages. Visitors can enjoy picnic shelters, exercise equipment, and an open kickabout lawn.
Macey Lane Park | Kirsten Circuit, Nirimba
Macey Lane Park features a small riding track, a handball court, as well as a picnic bench, and a shelter. Visitors can enjoy plenty of open green space, perfect for kicking a ball around.
McArthur Park | McArthur Parade, Baringa
McArthur Park is designed for older children and features a climbing and adventure-themed playground with a climbing frame, spinning swing, and kickabout space with soccer goals. The park also has a picnic shelter and a beautiful bushland backdrop.
Pedal Park | Steiner Crescent, Baringa
Pedal Park is a bike-themed playground surrounded by a bike track with a tunnel, speed bumps, road signage, and traffic lights. The park is suitable for all ages and offers picnic shelters, barbecue facilities, a kickabout area, a half-court basketball court, and public toilets.
Skate & Scooter Plaza | Edwards Terrace, Baringa
Skate & Scooter Plaza is for skaters and scooter riders of all levels — from micro-groms to advanced riders. The Civic Square also has a decent green kickabout space and a vast feasting table. The park is suitable for all ages and offers shelters, BBQs, and public toilets.
Treehouse Playground | Tucker Street, Bells Creek
Treehouse Playground is next to the Aura Vision Centre & Display Village, featuring two climbing trees and cubby houses.
Wallum Sedge Frog Park | Banks Crescent, Baringa
This park features playful, frog-themed play equipment such as climbing ropes, swings, and slides, along with a giant blue, yellow, and green frog structure for kids to climb over. It’s ideal for younger children and has a picnic shelter and grassy game area.
Baringa Sports Complex | Baringa Drive, Baringa
Baringa Sports Complex includes three soccer fields and toilet facilities and is home to the Baringa Football Club.
Nirimba Sports Complex | Sports Drive, Nirimba
The Nirimba Sports Complex has a clubhouse, rugby fields that also function as cricket grounds, cricket practice nets, four netball courts, spectator seating, and a canteen.
Baringa Dog Park | Eden Drive, Baringa
Designed especially for your furry friends, Baringa Dog Park has two separate areas – one for little dogs and one for big dogs. There is also agility equipment and grassed areas for pups to play in.
Nirimba Dog Park | Annalise Circuit, Nirimba
Adjacent to Fig Tree Park, the fully fenced Nirimba Dog Park is the perfect place for dogs to exercise and socialise, with grassed areas, tunnels, and mounds to explore.
What is the best park in Aura?
Glad you asked!
It’s hard to choose but we have three favourites that we would award as the best parks in Aura:
Next to the Aura Vision Centre & Display Village, this playground features two climbing trees, cubby houses and three tunnel slides. It is right next to a scooter track, making it great for kids of different interests. But the best bit is that it is next to Mummy’s Cafe, so you can get a yummy coffee whilst the kids play. Mummy’s Cafe also features an enclosed kids’ play space for the teeny toddlers. #win-win
Our little ones loved the dino-themed play structure, and the digging pit kept kids busy for hours! This one was the kids’ favourite.
Baringa Forest Park
The flying fox at Baringa Forest Park was a massive kid with the kids, whilst the bushland backdrop and green space made it a favourite with the grown-ups. Plus, it has plenty of amenities, so it’s an excellent spot for a longer playdate and mummy catch-up.
OK, I know we said three, but Whale Park opens on May 27, and with a huge purple whale to climb on and loads of green space, we are sure it will also make our ‘best parks in Aura’ list too!