McIntosh Island Park, Surfers Paradise

This park is like an oasis on the outskirts of the hustle bustle that is Surfers Paradise.  Everyone loves this park from the local residents, holiday makers or families on a day trip from outer regions.  It is located just north of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast Highway between Narrowneck and Paradise Waters.

You could quite easily spend a few hours at this park uncovering all that it has to offer.  There are many picnic tables and gas bbq areas under the shade of the trees.  The park is large enough that even during busy times, you will still get the open feel of this park.  There are plenty of birds roaming throughout the park including ducks and lyrebirds.

If bbq’ing is not your thing, then the grassed areas all throughout the area, may be.  There is even a small beach where you can bring a towel or picnic rug and spend a few hours relaxing and watching the wildlife coming into land.  This beach is not patrolled by surf lifesavers so care must be taken while using this area.

There are two playgrounds within the park to keep the kids happy.  The larger of the two is situated at the northern end and is protected by the sun with shade sails and has sand underfoot.  There are four slides, rocker seesaw, fireman’s pole, flying fox, swings and a fort.  The other playground is at the southern end of the park and is smaller in size but is also covered with shade sails and has sand underfoot.  The play area has three slides, fireman’s pole and a fort.

Don’t forget to check out Big Foot’s Cave situated in the middle of the park on a little island, near the waterfall.  The cave is accessed via two timber bridges on either side.  You might even see his footprints at the entrance to the park if you look right as you enter.

The concrete paths throughout the park are great if you want to bring your bike or scooter.  They are wide and well maintained so even the littlies will have a great time racing through here.

You will also find The Gerda Pinter Pavillion which hosts puppet shows during the school holidays on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30am and 11.00am.  The grassed area in front of the building gently slopes down so everyone should have a great view of any shows held here.

There are a couple of toilet amenity blocks, one at the northern end and one just south of Big Foot’s Cave which also includes disabled access.

This park is a must see.  There is plenty of shade, bbq’s and grassy areas for your family to find so you can relax and unwind from the busy Gold Coast.  It is a great place to have a birthday party, family reunion or even a wedding.  Everyone will find something in this park that they will enjoy which will keep them coming back time and again.

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