Get one last play in before it's back to school
Broadbeach – Kurrawa Park
If you love Broadbeach and want to make sure that the kids have a great time before headingfor some breakfast and shopping, visit Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach. Located just minutes away from Kurrawa Beach, your kids can have the best of both worlds with a fantastic playground to tackle and the opportunity to swim if it’s a sunny day.
Where: Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach QLD 4218
After your little ones have had enough of climbing and jumping at Kurrawa Park, take them to Wattle Cafe which is in the Niecon Plaza for a hearty big breakfast or scrumptious pancakes. If they have been well behaved, you can also order them a hot chocolate with marshmallows on the side. After everyone has finished their meals take your time and go window-shopping in the plaza.
Where: Niecon Plaza 19 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach QLD 4218
Labrador – Harley Park
Harley Park is extremely popular with the locals because of its fantastic playground and the fact that it’s located on the beautiful Broadwater. Your kids can play freely as you and your partner stroll along the footpath enjoying the views and beautiful surroundings in the area. If you want to tire the kids out before heading to a cafe, let them play at the two different playgrounds which are nautically themed and include climbing poles, ropes, ladders and a flying fox if they are a bit older and braver.
Where: Marine Parade, Labrador QLD 4215
Just a five minute drive away, you can now spoil yourself with one of the best cups of coffee on the Gold Coast. Daark Espresso has a great reputation for quality food and even better coffee that will hit the spot every time. If you haven’t been here before then make this a favourite cafe on your list. Choose from a selection of original fresh dishes, only using local produce being served straight to you table. Don’t forget to order a babycino for your little ones while you’re there enjoying a flavoursome meal.
Where: 2/41 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park QLD 4215
Miami – Ed Hardy Park
Further down the coast for locals with kids is Ed Hardy Park which can be found in Miami. Let your kids run wild as they pretend to be pirates on a ship-shaped playground with swings, slides and climbing areas. Don’t forget to take a picnic blanket and good book to read as you overhear the screams of excitement coming from your little rascals. If you are more interested in the spectacular views that this area has to offer, go for a short walk up the hill at the northern end of this park to take in the sights of Coolangatta all the way up to Surfers Paradise.
Where: Kratzmann Avenue, Miami QLD 4220
Stretch your legs after your kids have played for hours and walk to Piccolo Espresso along the beachfront. This unique cafe is a staple for many residents in Miami to order a hearty breakfast on the weekends. Approximately 700 metres from Ed Hardy Park, remember to also bring your beloved pooch along to this pet-friendly cafe for a day out of the house. They also serve up unique treats such as coconut banana bread and homemade sweets depending on what day you decide to visit.
Where: 2 Hythe Street, Miami QLD 4220
Burleigh Heads – Justins Park
Possibly the most famous park on the Gold Coast, Justins Park overlooks the Burleigh Heads foreshore. Pack the swimmers and witness your kids having trouble choosing what to climb or where to swim at this local hotspot. With all the usual favourites including swings, slides and a spinning teacup, entertaining the kids here for hours won’t be a problem.
Where: The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
If your kids are just too tired to walk to a cafe close by, pack them into the car and drive them down the road to Gingernut Cafe. Order the tasty Fisherman’s Basket for lunch served with salad, chips, and a lemon sauce for the family to enjoy. You can also sit back and relax with a freshly made juice or milkshake for your rascals if they have been well behaved.
Where: 2/2 Sunlight Drive, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
What is your favourite park and coffee combination on the weekends at the Gold Coast?