Discover the best playgrounds on the sunshine coast according to the locals. If you’re heading up to the Sunshine Coast for a day trip or a family holiday, it’s pretty easy to find awesome beaches to visit, but it’s often only the locals who know where the best kids’ playgrounds are.
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Fear not! We’ve got the inside scoop on all of the most amazing playgrounds on the Sunshine Coast! Whether you’re looking for nature play at its best, multi-sensory and all-ability play facilities, or amazing state-of-the-art adventure playgrounds, we have it all covered. So read on to find out all about the best playgrounds on the Sunshine Coast for kids! Where we have reviewed the playgrounds individually, you will be able to find out more about them by clicking on the link at the end of the brief description.
Sunshine Coast Playgrounds: The locals guide
Bells Reach Playground, Caloundra
If you’re looking for a new and exciting adventure playground, then this is the place for you! A big rubber matted mound creates a play space for tunnels, rock climbing, crow’s nest lookout and slides. There are a toddler mini-adventure play area and a lovely sand base. You will also find a soccer field, handball court, table tennis table, bocce court, hopscotch court and paths perfect for bikes and scooters. Come for a play and stay for the day with great barbecue and picnic area facilities too. You can read our full review of Bells Reach Playground
Dick Caplick Park, Eumundi
This park has been recently expanded and refurbished and the results are amazing! Located right next to the famous Eumundi Markets, this beautiful park is set under the shade of mature fig trees. The highlights of this park include a wonderful tree fort with a rope bridge, a train with multiple carriages for awesome imaginative play, a giant spinning wheel (like a hamster wheel for kids), a Roplay climbing ball, basketball half court and large open grassy area. Read more about Dick Caplick Park
Locals tip: The Eumundi Markets are one of the best Sunshine Coast Markets, operating both Wednesdays and Saturdays. Expect a range of artisan and local produce in addition to free entertainment and yummy food.
Grahame Stewart Park, Currimundi
One of the most exciting features of this Currimundi park is the traffic track, where kids can ride on bikes and scooters as if on real roads. Road markings, traffic signs and obstacles all make this a fun, interactive and imaginative play space. Other great features including a wheelspin, pod swing, sand digger, a variety of play panels and a playhouse. There is a train and a fort, basketball court and cricket pitch. Set on 3.5 hectares, this park has space and equipment to keep everyone entertained all day. Read more about Grahame Stewart Park.
Locals tip: If you haven’t been to Currimundi Lake and Beach yet then you are missing out on a visit to one of the most family-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast. With a patrolled surf beach that is within short walking distance to a calm lake area: where the forest meets the sea. This is a holiday location you want to add to your next Sunshine Coast holiday list but get there early to get a park!
Aura Treehouse Playground, Bells Creek
More like a piece of art than a playground, Aura Treehouse Playground is an expansive, exciting and colourful playground with plenty of seating for weary parents. Imagine a playground adorned with butterflies, leaves and birds with multiple multistorey slides and you get some idea of the fun to be had. There are toilets to ensure your visit can be lengthy and well enjoyed. Read our review of Aura Treehouse playground.
Maroochydore Rotary Park, Maroochydore
This beautiful park is right on the edge of the lovely Maroochydore River, with its sandy banks leading to calm waters, perfect for a splash about. This is like a trip to the beach with all the fun of a playground to boot. The lovely sand base and great wooden ship structure will inspire great pirate adventures. There are not one, but two playgrounds, with equipment to keep all ages happy, including fort structures, rockers, monkey bars, a Liberty swing and more. There is also a dry creek bed and stepping stones for great nature play, plus a small jetty for a spot of fishing. For full details, see our review of Maroochydore Park including more photos.
Pierce Park, Maroochydore
This revamped park has a great fort structure, a climbing net, a balance ring, swings, and rockers. But the main highlight is the awesome giant Snakes and Ladders game, where kids themselves are the playing pieces! Just spin the wheel and see who makes it to the end first! Barbecues and picnic tables add to the great range of available facilities, making this a great family destination. For a full review of Pierce Park.
Pioneer Park, Landsborough
If you’re looking for a multi-sensory, all-ability playground, look no further than Pioneer Park in Landsborough. This incredible park is fully fenced and has a lovely range of inclusive play equipment. Braille signage, accessible swings, a herb garden and musical play equipment, and an accessible play house or play kitchen. There is also a flying fox, climbing net, slides, sand play area, grassy area and flat paths for ride-on toys. This is a great place for a family play day! You can read our full review of Pioneer Park: Pioneer Park Landsborough.
locals tip: Pioneer Park is close to Australia Zoo and can be a good place to visit if you arrive too early for the zoo. It can give the kids a chance to stretch their legs and expend some energy after an hour’s car ride from Brisbane.
Russell Family Park, Montville
This newly developed park in Montville offers nature play at its best! Follow the walking paths down to two lovely lakes. Visit the wooden bandstand and authentic windmill and enjoy a lovely barbecue or picnic surrounded by nature. There are grassy open spaces for kids to roll down hills and get grubby and a great forest to explore. They can feed the ducks and learn about the local ecosystem through informative signage. This is the perfect park to visit if you’re looking for more greenery and less brightly coloured plastic play equipment! You can find out more about it: Russell Family Park.
Aura Dino Park at Nirimba
This sunshine coast playground goes beyond dinosaur themed and instead made the dinosaur the actual play equipment! Kids can climb up through the mouth of the dinosaur and along its netting-covered body, eventually exiting down the tail which is a tunnel slide! Sand-based with fossil eggs and a fossil digging site, this playground is for all dinosaur lovers! We know this will become known as the Sunshine Coast Dinosaur Park!
Fig Tree Park Nirimba
Another Aura masterpiece. Big thumbs up for the design but also for facilities that are often lacking in suburban parks. Our kids loved the entire space from the look of the play equipment to the functionalist which included lots of extreme climbing and a wonderful tunnel slide to reward all the effort of climbing. Other features that were enjoyed included the oversized flying fox and the hill slide. Read a detailed review of Fig Tree Park Nirimba.
Other Sunshine Coast Playgrounds worth a mention
- Aura Frog Park, Farley Street Caloundra West an impressive frog-themed park with parkour features.
- Cotton Tree Park at Maroochydore, a seaside playground close to a popular holiday park
- Duck Pond Park, Katoa Street, Alexandra Headlands This one is popular with mums groups because it is fenced.
- Muller Park, David Low Way, Bli Bli is a unique indigenous-inspired playground with fishing-themed structures.
- Happy Valley Playground, Bulcock Beach Esplanade Caloundra. This playground is huge, beachside, with many grassy areas and a coffee cart.
- Brightwater Community Lake Park, Manatunga Pde and Brightwater Blvd, Mountain Creek. A bright and cheerful sand-based playground
You can use our easy playground map to Find a park near you. If you think we need to add a playground to our list of the best playgrounds on the Sunshine Coast then let us know in the comments below.