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Keep the kids – and the kids at heart – busy these holidays with a trip to the skate park. Here are our top five faves.

Nerang
One of the Gold Coast’s most prominent skate parks, Nerang boasts an awesome variety of ramps, rails and stairs, perfect for beginners and experienced skaters alike. It’s all under lights, too, so you can visit day or night.

Pizzey Park, Miami
Pizzey’s old bowl (dubbed the ‘Death Bowl’, but don’t let that scare you) has featured in a number of skate videos, and for good reason. The rest of the park blends old and new, though the refurbished section is particularly inviting. There’s a great atmosphere guaranteed, too.

Varsity Park
Once skated by Tony Hawk, Varsity caters more to advanced skateboarders with big stairs and huge ramps – perfect for adrenaline junkies. If the kids aren’t quite up to Tony Hawk’s standard, there’s a large street area for them to perfect their kickflip, too.

Paddington Skatepark
It may be of the newest parks in south-east Queensland, but ‘Paddo’ boasts arguably the most skateboarding history. Positioned in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, it’s beloved as one of the most free-flowing parks – well worth battling the crowds, we say.

Bracken Ridge
A huge park with plenty to try, this northside gem is always worth the drive. Tailored for the modern skateboarder, it is focused mainly on street skating – the selection of rails and ledges is second to none. Pack a picnic and make a day out of it!

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