3 August 14
While we’re in the Gold Coast, we’re making the time to re-visit some of the best children’s attractions in town. Despite all our playground experiences, the girls hadn’t experienced a bouncing pillow before this weekend, and after I parked the bus alongside the attraction at the popular Broadwater Parklands, it didn’t take long for the girls to spill out and run down to try it for themselves.
The Washington Waters Children’s Playground is only a small part of the great attraction of Southport’s Broadwater Parklands, but today it was enough for us. With the weather still a bit too chilly for a good play at the The Rockpools further to the north in the same leisure precinct, we stuck to the novelty of the bouncing pillow and its surrounding playground equipment.
Because we lived on the Gold Coat for a year and a half and remained settled in southeast Queensland for another ten years, many of these locations hold memories for me. One summer’s morning in 2009, David and I bundled our (then) three daughters into the car to drive to this beach for a swim at sunrise. At the height of summer in southeast Queensland, the days are so hot that a morning’s outing can end before 8am when the sun’s rays become unpleasant.
Because it’s a landmark with great access to parking, the newly-running tram network and shopping, the Broadwater playground is a natural place to meet up with friends for a big day out. Two other families joined us in the fun, and — while I made cups of tea for the parents with the kitchen facilities in our bus — we watched our collective brood explore all the equipment.
The Broadwater playground can be very busy, so it’s wise to choose non-peak times to park and settle in. The bouncing pillow is open from 8am to 5pm, with a natural lull in its use around nap-time in the early afternoon. Other out-of-towners like us can easily cross the road to the big shopping centre to buy food and snacks, and if you’re coming on a hot day, don’t forget to explore The Rockpools further north in the parkland.