There’s no better place to be this summer than cooling off waterside. Whether it’s down by the creek or at an inflatable funpark, we’ve covered off some of our fave South-East Queensland spots to dip your toes these holidays.
Gold Coast Wake Park
The brainchild of three-time world wakeboard champion Daniel Watkins, Gold Coast Wake Park offers guests the opportunity to learn the art of wakeboarding in an affordable, safe and fun environment. Pros and rookies alike can enjoy a good time on the lake, with something for the whole family on offer – including a fully-licensed bar and restaurant for supervising parents. Win, win.
GC Aqua Park
Slip, slide, dive and jump at the Gold Coast’s first inflatable aqua park. With dozens of obstacles ranging in size and difficulty, you’ll find that the hour-long session flies by – and you’ll want to head right back in for more! Whether you race your friends or take your time through the Gladiator-style obstacle course, prepare to get wet.
Broadwater Parklands Rockpools
When it comes to free water fun, you can’t go past the ‘rockpools’ at the Broadwater Parklands. The exciting sculptural water playground is perfect for kids big and small and is dotted with marine-themed equipment ensuring your visit there will last hours. Splash in the water fountains or relax in the tidal rockpools – the world is your oyster.
Something of a local secret, this slice of paradise is hidden from view but offers everything you need for the perfect day out. With the Palm Beach Parklands – and their famous Pirate Park – as well as Dune Café just a short walk up from the beach, you’ll be happy to spend the whole day here, floating in the water or getting some sun on the shore.
If it’s scenery and serenity you’re after, Tallebudgera Creek certainly fits the bill. Protected by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other, this pocket of paradise offers everything from bushwalking to fishing, and even surfing just a few minutes’ walk away. Turn your visit into a staycation by pitching a tent at the popular adjacent campground.
Can’t decide between a theme park and a water park? With Whitewater World and Dreamworld, you don’t have to choose! Enjoy all that Dreamworld has to offer – roar with the tigers and scream on the rides – then duck over to Whitewater World to wash off the adrenaline. Or, get it pumping again on the gravity-defying waterslides.
Springbrook National Park
Boasting a plethora of watering holes – as well as various bushwalks for nature lovers – Springbrook National Park might require a bit of adventuring to get to, but boy, is it worth it. The Purling Brook Falls circuit offers not one, but two rockpools to reward you on your hike.
Chermside Water Park
Previously known as Splash Chermside, the Chermside Water Park is Brisbane’s ultimate destination for anyone wanting to get wet and wild. Take your chances on the Jungle Adventure, slide through the belly of the beast on The Serpent, grab a partner for the Flume of Doom, or enjoy one of the many other attractions at this northside institution.
Arguably the most popular Brisbane icon for tourists, Streets Beach at South Bank is the perfect way for city slickers to enjoy a day at the beach without trekking to the coastline. Relax in the calm water of the main beach area or explore the many streams and lagoons throughout the precinct.
Brisbane wasn’t about to let the Gold Coast have all of the inflatable water fun, were they? The newest water attraction to grace the Queensland capital promises just as much – if not more – slipping, sliding and diving than its southern counterpart, making it the perfect place for Brisbane kids and parents to spend the summer holidays.