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Image Credit: NRMA Treasure Island

Life is a playground

Splash pools, trampolines, monkey bars and swings... these are a few of our favourite things!

If you and your family are thinking of heading north in either spring or summer, there are a dizzying amount of holiday parks to choose from. To make the decision easier, we’ve rounded up four Queensland holiday parks that go above and beyond in the most important category of all, the playground.

The world’s finest pirate park
NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park

Thar she blows! Treasure Island Holiday Park is a favourite among Holidays with Kids readers, and for good reason. It’s a pirate-lover’s paradise on Biggera Waters, where budding first mates find themselves stranded upon a desert island, battling creatures of the deep in order to reach the safety of the vessel. The Shipwreck Shores water park, complete with water cannons, ground sprayers and a bucket threatening to tip at any moment, is just one of the buccaneering adventures to be had. Captain Jacks-in-training can also try their hand (or hook) at a round of mini-golf where golf balls are sunk (instead of ships) and buried treasure awaits.
If after all that your little ones are still pining for adventure on the high seas, Treasure Island is just a 15-minute drive from the biggest playground of all, Surfers Paradise, with easy access to all the favourites: Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet‘n’Wild.

Image Credit: NRMA Treasure Island

Image Credit: NRMA Treasure Island

The coolest canopy adventure
Ashmore Palms Holiday Village

Ashmore Palms Holiday Village isn’t just the home of one of Queensland’s best playgrounds; it boasts its own rainforest retreat. Meander through more than a kilometre of tropical garden walkways and spot the unmistakable South American macaw. Kids will love keeping count of these brightly coloured birds, which may be quite the task considering they’re part of Australia’s largest private collection! From jungle rainforest to the jungle gym, Ashmore Palms knows how to capture the imagination of its guests. Kids will flock to Macca’s Madhouse, the rainforest-themed playground that combines ladders, tunnels, platforms and slides.

Image Credit: Ashmore Palms

Image Credit: Ashmore Palms

The magnificent macaw
1. Macaws can live for 80 years.
2. There are 17 species of macaw, with several seriously endangered.
3. The brillianty coloured birds are native to South America.
4. Macaws have a bone inside their tongue that helps them eat!
5. The loud squawk of the sociable macaw helps them communicate with the flock.

The biggest and best in Airlie Beach
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

If your family is thinking of exploring the spectacular Whitsundays on your next holiday, you cannot go past BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort. Not only does it boast a prime location in Airlie Beach – known for offering the most depature points for Great Barrier Reef explorations – it also has the largest resort swimming pool in the area, with two water slides, a shallow wading area for tots and lounges shaded by palm trees.
As if one title wasn’t enough, it’s also home to the biggest adventure playground in Airlie Beach, complete with spiralling slides, soaring towers, rickety bridges and secret hideouts. If you can tear the kids away from the water park and playground, the whole family can test their sporting prowess on the courts, challenging one another at tennis and basketball. Winners choose that night’s movie!

Image Credit: Big 4 Adventure Whitsundays QLD

Image Credit: Big 4 Adventure Whitsundays QLD

The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest bounce
BIG4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

The playground at Cairns Coconut is so big, you can navigate it with a pedal kart. We like to begin at SPLASH Water Park and dodge the water that tumbles, sprays and squirts from every angle before drying off on the biggest jumping pillow in the Southern Hemisphere!
Its playground credentials take a technical turn at the NEOS Interactive Play Hub, which transforms virtual play into real-life entertainment by combining video games with aerobic exercise. Best of all, there isn’t a pair of headphones in sight, so it’s super social rather than a sullen solitary exploit.

Image Credit: Big 4 Cairns Coconut QLD

Image Credit: Big 4 Cairns Coconut QLD

Top 5 Car games

Before you can test drive the playground, you’ve got to make the journey! These are our top five car games to pass the time and get you swinging, climbing and jumping sooner.


1. 20 questions
One person thinks of a famous person and the others have to guess who it is by asking yes or no questions. It could be anyone from Mary Poppins to Michael Jordan.


2. Finish my sentence
Take it in turns to add a word to a sentence, and see what kind of story you come up with.


3. Would you rather...
Would you rather be covered in slime or step on a slug? Probably neither, but this is a sure-fire hit with the kids!


4. Car bingo
Kids will love this exciting twist on ‘I Spy’ and it only requires a small amount of preparation. Create a bingo card and include items like bridges, tunnels, trucks and roundabouts, and little ones can tick them off each time they spot one. This is especially great for siblings!


5. Name that tune
Turn up the radio and see who can name each song the fastest.

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