Scarborough Beach Park | Pirate Place
Scarborough Beach Park, also known as Pirate Place, offers the best of all worlds with trees to climb, sand to play with and sea to swim in! It offers unique play equipment in a fully fenced playground.
Scarborough Beach Park playground
Scarborough Beach Park is a fully fenced and partly shaded playground made up of two play areas – Railway Place and Pirate Place, complete with themed playground equipment. There is also a Cotton Tree Forest, within the fenced play area, which is full of gnarled cottonwood trees which offer exciting climbing opportunities for Brisbane Kids. This feature takes up a a large portion of the play area and makes this park truly special.
Railway Place features shelter sheds and picnic tables, a sand-based play area with permanent sand tables and toys, a stationary train with a track running throughout the play space, a climbing net, swings, balancing equipment and more.
Pirate Place has a boat fort, sheltered area, seesaw and a Cotton Tree Forest. Outside the fenced area are sheltered picnic tables and barbecues which all look over the glorious Scarborough beach. Pack the buckets, spades, towels and swimmers as your Brisbane Kids will be begging you for some seaside action.
Scarborough Beach Park is definitely an area where you can spend a few hours or a whole day. The kids can have a play in the playground, ride the bikes or scooters along the Moreton Bay Cycleway, build sandcastles, collect shells and paddle on the foreshore, play a game of basketball or peruse the many shops that line Landsborough Avenue.
When you get peckish spread out a picnic rug under the shade of the Norfolk Pines, grab fish and chips from a nearby café or just sit and relax with a cup of coffee taking in the scenery.
Visiting Scarborough Beach Park will instantly ignite your Brisbane Kids imagination. The beach setting and aptly named ‘Pirate Place’ will have the little ones climbing aboard the ‘Calypso Pirate Ship’ and scanning the seas for other pirates whilst clambering up and down the nets and slide. From here they can scale the nearby trees and pretend to be monkeys, koalas or any other animal that may dwell in the treetops. The large branches and abundant foliage creates a great space for hide and seek for the older children (and adults). Next stop, Railway Place, where the youngsters can follow the painted train tracks throughout the park which lead them to the static train and ticket office.
Dotted along the Scarborough foreshore are beautiful Norfolk Pine trees. Take a closer look at one situated near the playground and you will see a whimsical door that has been installed by a mystery artist – locals say it’s where Gollum (a character from Lord of the Rings) resides…who knew middle earth was right here in Scarborough? The ‘Gollum Tree’ mysteriously appeared in 2014 and has been intriguing visitors ever since.
Flat concrete pathways surround the park, which makes for easy access for wheelchairs and prams. However, once inside the fenced playground there is no specific equipment that caters for special needs. There is ample shade throughout the playground provided by shade sails and large, established trees, with plenty of picnic tables and bench seats scattered among the area.
Scarborough Beach Park features
Some of these features include the immediate surrounds.
- Fenced playground with themed play areas
- Sand, rubber mat and chip bark base
- Stationary train
- Swings including a toddler swing
- Balancing equipment
- Sand play
- Climbing structures
- Jumping pillow (fully fenced)
- Basketball half-court
- Several shelters, picnic tables and electric barbecues
- Accessible toilets, bins, taps and water fountains
- Overlooking the ocean
- Bike paths (part of the Moreton Bay Cycleway)
- Cafes and takeaway food options nearby
- On and off-street parking
For more playgrounds with climbing trees, check out our list of the best kids’ climbing trees in Brisbane.
How to get here
Scarborough Beach Park is located on Landsborough Avenue at Scarborough.
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