The Best Playgrounds On The Sunshine Coast

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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.

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

bells reach playground, sunshine cost playground

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

Dick Caplick Park, Eumundi Playground, Eumundi Park

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

Grahame Stewart Park bike track, Currimundi playground

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 add up to make this a fun, interactive and imaginative play space. Other great features include 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

Aura treehouse main structure

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 multstorey 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 located 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 here.

Pierce Park, Maroochydore

This revamped park has a great fort structure and climbing net, balance ring and 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 facilities on offer, making this a great family destination. For a full review of Pierce Park, click here.

Pioneer Park, Landsborough

If you’re looking for a multi-sensory, all-ability playground, then look no further than Pioneer Park in Landsborough. This incredible park is fully fenced and has a lovely range of inclusive play equipment. There is Braille signage, accessible swings, a herb garden and musical play equipment, plus 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 here.

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 hours 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 also learn all about the local eco-system through the informative signage. If you’re looking for more greenery and less brightly coloured plastic play equipment, then this is the perfect park to visit! You can find out more about it here.

Other Sunshine Coast Playgrounds worth a mention

  • Aura Frog Park, Farley Street Caloundra West an impressive frog themed park with parkour features.
  • 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 truly unique indigenous inspired playground with fishing themed playground structures.
  • Happy Valley Playground, Bulcock Beach Esplanade CaloundraThis playground is huge, beachside and comes with lots of 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 comments below.


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