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Best beachside picnic areas on the Gold Coast


Thereís no denying the Gold Coast has some incredible picturesque picnic and barbecue spots in the beachside suburbs of Kirra, Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach and of course Surfers Paradise. But if youíre in town on a family holiday and looking for some great parks and playgrounds that arenít as busy but still offer some great amenities then check these out.

1. Buddís Beach Reserve, Surfers Paradise.
Loved by locals and those wanting a ramp to put in jet skis and boats, this hidden gem is just minutes from the heart of Surfers Paradise. Located on River Drive, itís a sheltered inland sandy retreat along the Nerang River and offers shade, playgrounds and also a place where you can drop a line. There are two cafes across the road to ensure you get your caffeine fix before enjoying a day watching the kids paddle in the water, climbs trees or play on the old-school merry-go-round. There are showers, an amenities block and lots of picnic tables.


2. Koala Park, Tallebudgera
Dotted with barbecues and picnic tables, this park on Awoogna Ave is located off the left of the Gold Coast Highway just before the picturesque Tallebudgera Creek Bridge. Just a few minutesí drive from Burleigh Heads, youíll find keen fishers lining the rock walls and SUPíers paddling up and down the river. What makes this spot a fabulous place is that thereís plenty of parking and itís just a short stroll under the bridge to a little beach that is accessed via Ikkina Road near Georgeís Paragon, here youíll also find showers and toilets. The water is shallow for longer on this side of the creek so perfect for kids, and just above this is the incredibly beautiful Oceanview walk in the Burleigh Head National Park.


3. Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens, Benowa.
This spot is truly worth a visit, especially if youíve got scooters, bikes or just want to let the kids roam free and burn off some energy in the great outdoors. Itís at 258 Ashmore Road and is just a 10 minute drive from Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise. Thereís childrenís playground with a shade sail, picnic areas, a native butterfly garden and also a place to get an organic coffee, treat or ice-cream. Plenty of ducks, birds and kookaburras also call this peaceful place home and thereís a lot to keep native lovers amused. The display garden and lake boardwalks are flat so are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

When sheís not wrangling her three children, aged 3, 5 and 6, Gold Coaster and professional writer Emily Toxward juggles work, cooking for fussy children and parent helping at school. Escaping to the beach is her idea of paradise and writing about the trials and tribulations of life in an honest and humorous way on her blog .Have A Laugh On Me is her way of staying sane!

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