The Parks of Florida Gardens
Posted: 7th April 2020
Some of the Gold Coast’s best places for fishing, picnics, playgrounds and community gatherings await in Florida Gardens
Did you know the Gold Coast plays host to over 2314 parks covering 16,474 hectares? This includes almost 700 playgrounds, over 380 barbecues and 200 plus sports fields which are enjoyed every day by locals who relish living in our perpetually balmy climate. In the popular hamlet of Florida Gardens, a private island community nestled within beautiful Broadbeach Waters, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to leafy oases. We’ve narrowed our choice down to a top three and present them to you below:
Situated on Savoy Drive, Platell Park is the best kept secret in Broadbeach Waters parklands. Perched on a peninsular, it’s equipped with all the necessary amenities a family needs for a park outing. Take advantage of the surplus of seating and shady spots to relax in, covered and uncovered picnic tables and BBQs, as well as toilet facilities, rubbish bins and even a kids playground to keep the young at heart amused. Don’t be surprised if you see mass gatherings of neighbours catching up here too – it’s certainly a place which draws people together.
It also offers ample space for anglers to try their luck, either from the sandy beach which flanks one side of the peninsular, while the other has a rocky embankment. Parking is free and dogs are permitted on leash only.
Perfectly positioned on Allambi Avenue and in a peaceful residential area, this pretty park is also anchored on the Broadbeach Waters canal system, which is fed by the Nerang River. This makes it a fishing hotspot, with plenty of locals enjoying being able to cast a line from this sandy stretch of beach. Kayak anglers are catered for too, as it offers easy launching and access to surrounding canals.
If you’d prefer a picnic, there are plenty of tables and shaded seating to take advantage of, along with rubbish bins and a freshwater tap. Your furry friends can come too, provided they stay on leash, and there is free parking.
Set against the backdrop of superb views of the Broadbeach skyline, this leafy paradise is another favourite place for canal fishing. Located at 147 Allambie Avenue, there are plenty of shady and sunny spots to unwind in as well, along with covered picnic tables and a kids playground. Bordered by a rocky embankment, it also looks across to the Gold Coast Convention Centre and your four-legged friend can accompany you, so long as they stay on their lead.
Honourable Mention – Cascade Gardens
The relaxed, riverside Cascade Gardens is renowned as one of the Gold Coast’s favourite parks. Fitted with BBQs, covered picnic shelters (many which overlook Main River) and a large playground with Liberty Swing, kids can be kept enthralled for hours here. It’s also a popular place for taking in a picturesque rainforest walk, including the Kokoda Memorial Walk which honours the brave who fought in Papua New Guinea during World War II.
Don’t be surprised if you see a wedding taking place in the rotunda, too. This purpose-built gazebo, nestled amongst lush greenery, ensures it’s a popular choice for couples to say “I Do”. Dogs can be walked here too, so long as they are on a leash, and the park features a DDA compliant accessible toilet design specifically for those with disabilities and special needs.
So far, we’ve helped over 400 families enjoy the Florida Gardens dream and we’re committed to remaining the most consistent agents in this area. If you’d like to call this slice of emerald green paradise home, we’d be honoured to assist. Contact John on [email protected] or 0418 363 347 or Nicole via [email protected] or 0406 686 658 for an obligation free chat today.