Coolangatta Guide: The Best Places and Activities for Toddlers
We look at some of the best places for a fun-filled afternoon with your little one.
1. Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Located at on the Broadwater side of Marine Parade, Southport
, 4215, this family-friendly parkland stretches for three kilometres along the foreshore. Your toddler will love the variety of play equipment - and likely your bigger kids will too. They'll enjoy the bike tracks, jumping pillow, flying fox, seesaw, and other general play equipment. Pack a picnic and choose a shady spot for lunch, or use the free barbecue facilities. On warmer days, your toddler will love splashing around in the rock pools to cool down.
2. Pirate Park, Palm Beach Parklands
Just a short drive from Coolangatta is Pirate Park, located in one of the most popular areas on the Gold Coast
. Your toddler will love the award-winning pirate themed playground, which features a realistic pirate ship perfect for exploration and imaginative play. The shipwrecked centrepiece is set in the middle of the playground and kids can play on the themed slides, spinners, and rockers around the boat. The Palm Beach Parklands are located at 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach, 4221.
3. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin, 4223, is the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to hundreds of native Australian animals
. Entry is ticketed, but the stunning natural bushland and rainforest settings and variety of wildlife could well be worth it. The whole family will likely enjoy the interactive presentations, displays, shows, and encounters. You can cuddle koalas, get close to kangaroos, and observe reptiles, birds, and marsupials in their natural habitats.
4. HAPY Studio
Located at 9/5 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters, 4223, just a short drive from Coolangatta, HAPY Studio
offers amazing classes for kids, including toddlers. Get active with your toddler with class offerings like Tiny Tots Yoga, Aerial Silks, Hoop and Trapeze, and Acrobatics. The site offers on-street parking as well as off-street parking, and bookings are a must.
5. Kirra Beach Tourist Park
Situated at 10 Charlotte St, Coolangatta, 4225, Kirra Beach Tourist Park is just a walk away from Kirra Beach and a short drive from Coolangatta. Whether you're looking for a staycation or just a play day with your toddler, look no further. Stay close to the stunning Kirra Beach and enjoy four-star villa accommodation. The park offers free wireless internet, heated swimming pool
, recreation room, children's playground, camp kitchens, barbecue facilities, kiosk, and jump pillow.
6. Ready Steady Go Kids
Ready Steady Go Kids
is located at 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, 4221, just a short drive away from Coolangatta. Billed as Australia's largest and most reputable multi-sport and exercise program for preschoolers (aged 2.5 up to 6), the program covers 10 different sports. Bigger toddlers can start building their school-readiness skills with an early introduction to sports like athletics, golf, basketball, T-ball, tennis, AFL, cricket, and soccer. The safe, structured, and inclusive environment could support the development of gross motor skills, coordination, and posture - or simply make for a lot of fun playtime for your little one.
7. Oceanic Gymnastics Centre
Located a short drive across the border at 36 Machinery Drive, Tweed Heads South, 2486, Oceanic Gymnastics Centre
offers fun gymnastic lessons for kids aged 1 to 15. With nationally accredited coaches and extensive facilities and equipment, the centre will have your little one learning to swing, jump, roll, land, and climb in a safe environment. Potential benefits include coordination, strength, fitness, flexibility, and balance. With trampolines, bar stations, beams, rings, foam pits, ball pits, and inflatable tumble tracks, the 500-square-metre centre at Oceanic offers a new world of discovery for your toddler.
8. Caba Waterbabies
is situated a short drive across the border at 44 Oleander Avenue, Cabarita Beach, 2488. The centre specialises in newborn aquatics, mums and bubs yoga, and pregnancy-related massage and water therapy. Run by "Trish the Fish," a swimming teacher who has taught thousands of babies and children to swim, Caba Waterbabies has a magnesium mineral pool that's heated to a comfortable 32 to 34 degrees, in an enclosed space with no wind drafts. If your toddler doesn't yet love the water, he or she likely will after spending time at Caba Waterbabies.
9. Currumbin Rock Pools
Located at Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin, 4223, the Currumbin Rock Pools
is just a short drive from Coolangatta. This not-so-secret swimming hole has some shallow areas where your toddler can play in the water. You can also pack a picnic to enjoy on the grassy area or use the free barbeque facilities. For drinks and light refreshments, drop by the Currumbin Community Farm Campus across the road.
With its spectacular beaches, temperate weather, and kid-friendly locales, Coolangatta and its surrounding areas offer some wonderful destinations for toddlers and parents. Once your toddler's done with the play and activity, it's time to rest and recharge with some delicious food and where better to go than The Strand Coolangatta with its eclectic mix of beachfront dining offerings
. The Strand Coolangatta has modern cafes like Cafe 28, Delizioso, and Crema Espresso as well as more exotic favourites like Beach Burrito and O-Sushi. For a little indulgence for the little one, try the pancakes at Pancake Diner.