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The Best Family-Friendly Parks & playgrounds in Australia

There are literally thousands of awesome family friendly parks to be discovered across Australia, and now is a great time to get out there and explore them. We’ve pulled together some favourites based on the opinions of Bound Round families across the country. But don’t be limited by this list, or by what you know. Get out there and discover them yourself!

Toowoomba, QLD

Table Top mountain Toowoomba
Table Top mountain, Toowoomba

With over 150 public parks and gardens, and an annual festival of flowers, Toowoomba is well worth the nickname ‘the garden city’. With so many to pick from it’s impossible to pick just one family friendly park.

Cairns Esplanade, QLD

Tropical swimming lagoon on the Esplanade in Cairns with artificial beach
Tropical swimming lagoon on the Esplanade in Cairns with artificial beach

Tropical North Queensland is stunningly beautiful, but the stingers and crocodiles can scare people off. Don’t let them scare you off. The Cairns Esplanade is the perfect place for a family to visit with it’s lagoon, skate park, beach volleyball courts and relaxed shopping strip.

Thunderbird Park, QLD

Father and son at Thunderbird Park Queensland
Father and son at Thunderbird Park, Queensland

With bush walking, rock pools for swimming, daily bird feeding, a mini golf course, high ropes course, laser skirmish and horse trail rides, there’s endless activities to keep the kids (both big and small) entertained.

Kings Park, WA

Kids having fun at Perth KingsPark
Kids having fun at Perth Kings Park

Undoubtedly this park has the most stunning collection of Australian native flora in the country. The ropes course is a firm favourite for most kids, and the treetop walk is awesome. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled while you’re in the park for the fantastic sculptures dotted throughout too.

Speers Point Park, NSW

Kids having some epic fun at Speers Point Park
Kids having some epic fun at Speers Point Park

This hidden gem should be visited by more than just the locals. With a rock climbing wall, flying fox, huge tube slide (9m), a maze, water play area and a great scooter track, it will keep the kids entertained for hours on end.

Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Happy children at Sydney Olympic Park
Happy children at Sydney Olympic Park

Packed with parklands, sporting venues and entertainment centres, Sydney Olympic Park is awesome. It combines the best of nature with adventurous activities and is perfect for getting the kids active in the fresh air.

Kosciuszko Park, NSW

Kosciuszko Park NSW
Kosciuszko Park, NSW

With skiing and snowboarding in the winter and brilliant bushwalking, fishing, kayaking and mountain biking activities in the summer months, Kosciuszko National Park is a fantastic family destination for day trips or extended stays.

Phillip Island Nature Parks, VIC

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Arguably Phillip Island’s most famous attraction, this is not to be missed. Witness the daily Penguin Parade as thousands of little penguins venture up onto the land and into their burrows for the night.

Great Otway National Park, VIC

Great Otway National Park VIC
Great Otway National Park, VIC

Explore the sandy beaches of the great ocean road, see the world famous 12 Apostles, go horse back or mountain bike riding and swim under magnificent waterfalls within the forests. This national park has it all for families of all ages and stages.

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