HOT: Aquativity, South Bank, Brisbane

Aquativity is the water play park at Brisbane’s South Bank and it’s a must-do for any visit to Brisbane. Luckily Brisbane experiences balmy weather for most of the year which means you can enjoy Aquativity in almost any season (though admittedly my kids are much hardier than me about cold water!). Integrated into the large pool […]

HOT: Riverside Green playground, South Bank, Brisbane

Riverside Green is a large adventure playground in Brisbane’s South Bank and it’s a cracker if your kids are confident climbers. The vibrant pink, green and blue colour scheme is inspired by South Bank’s ‘Grand Arbour’ of blooming bougainvillea and the play area is split up into four play environments. The ‘adventure zone’ contains the […]

HOT: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast

Broadwater Parklands is a fantastic redevelopment of Southport’s previously dowdy foreshore with a range of sites and facilities, many of them free. It’s one of the best places to take kids on the Gold Coast. Our favourite part is the Rockpools, a semi-fenced water play area featuring water jets, fountains, a waterfall and sculptural pieces […]

HOT: Boundless playground, Kings Park, Canberra

Boundless playground is Canberra’s first all abilities playground and is worth visiting if you need a break from sightseeing, as it’s in the centre of town inside King’s Park near the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.         The aim is to create a state-of-the-art play space that is fun and inclusive. Stage one of Boundless playground opened in October 2014 and […]

HOT: Play Up, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is a regular stop for Canberra sightseers – and you might think that this heritage building isn’t really interesting for little kids. But did you know that inside is an incredible indoor children’s play space ‘Play Up’? Play Up is a large and thoughtfully curated play […]

HOT: Pod Playground, National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Weston Creek, Canberra

Pod Playground at the National Arboretum is one of Australia’s best playgrounds and it is must-do if you’re in Canberra with kids. The playground is part of the National Arboretum, which in itself is an interesting destination. It is host to 100 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world. You can admire a […]

HOT: Wulaba Park, Amelia Street near the corner of O’Dea Avenue and South Dowling St, Waterloo

Wulaba Park in Waterloo is one of Sydney’s newest parks in the Green Square area. It has been built by developers Meriton to provide a community gathering and play area for the residents of the surrounding high rise apartments. The public park contains fantastic structures for older kids who are confident climbers – and who will get a thrill […]

The HOT List: Top 40 of Australia’s Best Playgrounds

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects holds an Australia’s Best Playground competition which recognises the work of landscape architects who have designed amazing public play spaces. Here are the 40 best playgrounds in Australia (as submitted by ALIA members)  – put them on your bucket list! There were 45 submissions but I’ve omitted five of the entries as they are […]

The HOT List: Top 13 Places to go in Sydney with Kids

Sydney is a world-class city that’s right on Melbourne’s doorstep – and hence a fantastic place to visit with kids, even if just for a few days. In fact, Lonely Planet considered it one of Australia’s Top 10 family-friendly destinations. If you have limited time here’s a short itinerary of where to stay, eat and […]

HOT: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, Sydney

  Taronga Zoo is possibly Australia’s most beautiful zoo and a highlight of any trip to Sydney with children (though I saw plenty of tourists visiting without kids too) There is so much to see that you should allocate a whole day to explore or start at 9:30am for a solid morning if you have […]

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