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We all know there’s nothing more refreshing for your mental wellbeing than getting out into the great outdoors. These school holidays, kill two birds with one stone by taking the kids on a Gold Coast ‘park crawl’ (think ‘pub crawl’ but simply replace the grog and smoky venues with some hyped-up cherubs and revitalizing fresh air).

We all know the health benefits of fresh air and vitamin D. And we all know how good it is for our kids to get off their screens and immerse themselves in nature. Wherever you live, the Gold Coast offers so many gorgeous sun-drenched options and the city’s playgrounds are a great place to start.

Here are some examples of Gold Coast parks close to cawfeeee (for us parents) and locations that also offer easy parking. They also each have barbecues and tables etc for the full family park experience if you are in it for the long haul.

Pirate Park Currumbin
The creek access at Pirate Park Currumbin is an added bonus for some sand play and a paddle in the water. The dog-friendly nature of this park is also great if you have your four-legged friends in tow.

Paradise Point Park
Again, Paradise Point Park is on the water for some sand/water play if it takes your fancy. This is a really spread-out park, so it rarely feels busy. Maybe schedule in some mum-friendly yoga that runs in this park on Saturday mornings. Ohmmm…

Greenmount Beach Park
Greenmount Beach Park is close to the beach and has a great walk you could do if your kids like that kind of thing. It’s walking distance to Frog Beach which all the kids love. So many coffee options abound that it might be easier to BYO just to avoid having to make a decision! #kidding

Southport Parklands
The jumping castle water activity zone for the older kids is a BIG hit at Southport Parklands. There’s a huge playground here with more activities than you can poke a stick at, but we especially love the race track for scooters.

Broadbeach Parklands
This park is close to the centre of Broadbeach so if a fancier lunch is more your thing, this site is convenient. It’s also a huge one, so it never feels really busy. The main playground area is fenced to keep little ones from escaping – which is a bonus if you are watching a tribe of kids.

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