The Sunshine Coast was made for kids! With incredible natural attractions, as well as wildlife, theme parks and attractions there is always something to keep the kids entertained – in fact it is one of our 10 Best Family Holiday Destinations for Summer! Here is our pick of the best Sunshine Coast play parks hidden amongst the beaches, bushwalks and beauty of the Sunshine Coast.
Whipbird Walk, Maroochy
Nestled away in the Maroochy Botanic Gardens is a real outdoor adventure! According to Nature Play QLD kids who play in natural settings are more resistant to stress, have stronger immune systems, are less likely to be overweight, and have more positive attitudes. It can also promote creativity, confidence and risk assessment – and lead to teamwork, strong relationships and less bullying behaviours. All this from climbing trees!
Whipbird Park is a nature play paradise – with stepping stones made from tree stumps, natural pathways and obstacles and hideaways made from tree branches. It also incorporates the fabulous Whipbird Walk – a pathway through the bush leading you on a nature trail where you can spot wildlife and sculptures hidden in the trees.
There are toilets at the main visitor centre as well as lots of picnic areas too.
Chambers Island, Maroochydore
There can’t be more beautiful playparks in Australia than the one hidden away on Chambers Island in Maroochydore. To reach the park you need to cross a long footbridge over the water and it feels like you’re escaping to a real treasure island! The pirate them continues when you arrive, with a pirate ship playpark right on the beach with beautiful views over the water and a lovely white sandy beach to play on. There is also a fabulous mangrove forest with really easy trees to climb for the little ones, and you can walk around the whole island in about half an hour.
Toilets and picnic tables can be found here too.
Pedal Park, Aura
Located in a brand new housing estate in Bells Creek, Pedal Park is one of the best we’ve ever seen. The slide can only be described as enormous and the bike track that leads around the play equipment has working traffic lights, road signs, a tunnel and a roller coaster of speed bumps to ride over.
Grahame Stewart Park, Currimundi
Currimundi is a suburb home to incredible beaches, a stunning lake, walking tracks and a giant park full of fun and activities.
There is a huge bike track with traffic and road signs for bikes and scooters, flying fox swings, roundabouts, toddler train, buckets and pulleys in a fort, climbing frames and more. There is also a huge green space for ball games and a basketball court. BBQs, picnic tables and toilets are available too.
Little Mountain Common
We loved this playpark for the huge amount of equipment available and also the setting in lush green fields and bushland. After playing in the best playpark castle I have ever seen (where we enjoyed being knights and dragons) and lots of fun on the flying fox and play train, we took a bush walk over the bridge at the far end of the field which lead around the park and waterway. We had a picnic lunch at one of the shady tables and BBQs then got the bikes out on the road track – with mini road signs and markings. Just over the road is the skate park and more green space – you could easily spend the whole day here!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do, you can also check out these amazing things to do in North Queensland!