Underwood Road, Priestdale
A wonderful wooden fort dominates this play space, designed in a Peter Pan theme. There are climbing walls, bridges and fireman’s poles, flying fox and even a pedal-powered monorail track. The Spielart playground has been designed to challenge kids’ problem solving and balancing skills and inspire them to make their own decisions regarding safe play. The castle towers are spread over three levels and include windows so kids can spy on their companions below. Look out for the creatures carved from wood including monkeys, owls and crows. A playground that truly inspires fantasy play.
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1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane
This huge park – it’s over 16 hectares – has flower gardens, lakes, playgrounds and forests and much, much more. If you want to explore the park to its fullest, you can join one of the guided walks. The park’s playgrounds are located in the Upper Parkland, where ladders, swings, bridges, and climbing frames await to tire out the kiddies. There is also a children’s herb and vegetable garden complete with worm farm. The places for a picnic lunch are endless and there are many BBQ stations scattered throughout the park. Choose a fabulous tree – our favourites are the Frangipanis.
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Marine Parade, Southport
Keep the kids entertained for hours with the bouncy pillow, masses of playground equipment and The Rockpool water playground for cooling off on hot sunny days, all surrounded by wonderful views of the Surfers Paradise skyline. There is a monorail track and zipline, a sand playground with slide, climbing frame and swings. The Rockpool water playground has shallow pools and sprinklers and is right next to the café so you can keep an eye on your kids while keeping dry. If the kids want to go swimming in deeper water, try the beach side enclosure by the bouncy pillow. After all the fun, have a peaceful stroll through the wetland area.
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Pittwin Road, Capalaba
A beautiful park set among the lily ponds and two lagoons, with walking and cycling trails and a great all abilities playground. The park’s great facilities including tables, shelters and accessible toilets make this an easy spot for a BBQ or picnic. The play equipment includes a sand pit and musical forest, and there are slides inbuilt in the mounds surrounding the park. Throw in the giant climbing nets, a Liberty swing, flying fox and a sports field and happy kids are guaranteed.
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Darlington Drive, Yarrabilba
Have a walk through the wetland on the boardwalk and then find a shady spot to watch the kids amuse themselves on the twin flying fox, rope bridge and climbing frame, or splash about in the shallow pools and water fountains. The outdoor gym contains small scale equipment for children so you can work out together. There is also a large multipurpose sports oval, shelters, an arbour, and barbecues. There is also an accessible toilet block and the playground is surrounded by stone feature walls. There are LED light poles throughout that make for a great show at night.
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5 Counihan Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks
There’s lots to do at this one. Its water park, with shallow pools and fountains, is very popular with children looking to cool off in the warmer weather. There is a junior playground with ample shade, fort and flying fox for school-aged children, sandpit and Liberty swing. Take a stroll among the public works of art reflecting the park's industrial heritage and enjoy the community garden. Take a picnic or have a BBQ and relax in one of the shelters – the kids will be entertained for hours here.
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Old Landsborough Road, Landsborough
A wonderful playground with a lovely natural setting, it has a giant slide, double flying fox, swings and sandy areas for the kids to build and dig. Surrounded by a bike track, it encourages kids to ditch their training wheels. BBQ shelters are scattered throughout the area so you can keep an eye on the kids as they scale the rocky climb to the slide and there is a toilet block in the expansive car park. There are also large playing fields, making it easy to spend a few hours here.
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Harmony Crescent, South Ripley
Take the kids to cool down on a hot summer’s day at this fabulous water play and adventure park. There are areas for toddlers, complete with little fountains, streams and puddles, and the older kids will enjoy slightly more fast-paced water play with a spiral sprayer, big gusher and hula post. Once they’ve done splashing, get them running about on the awesome adventure park: an elevated skywalk, flying fox, and swings are just some of the things that they’ll find here. And adults will be happy too – there’s a café here as well.
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Ian Kellar Drive, Springfield
Grab a coffee from the café in the middle of this playground and settle in for a while – the kids will find plenty here to keep them entertained. From the water play elements, including sprayers, sprinklers and a huge tipping pail, to the colourful playground with seesaw, spinners, climbing frames and swings, the kids will easily spend a few hours here. If they have any energy left (doubtful, but you never know!) head over to the man-made Orion Lagoon next door. It has a large swimming area, a shallow end for toddlers and lots of grass, perfect for a picnic spread.
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Frew Street, Milton
A huge monolith of a playground! Created from concrete, the awesome climbing structure is begging to be conquered. One of the rewards for getting to the top is a trip inside the mesh box that suspends high off the ground. Take one of the massive curling slides all the way to the bottom – if you dare! For smaller kids who might find this a little too much, there are swings, spinners and a slide more suited to littleun’s. The kids can also bring their scooters or bikes and use one of the paths that weave around the grassed area. Bring a picnic, fire up one of the BBQ stations or grab a snack from the café onsite.
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