Looking for a quiet picnic spot that will keep the kids entertained too?? The Sensory Gardens by Gold Coast Green Living at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang is just the perfect spot!
Gold Coast Green Living is a Not for Profit, dedicated to helping people of all ages and abilities live a more green and sustainable lifestyle. A group of volunteers has put together an all-abilities sensory garden that is open from early til late (basically dawn to dusk) and free for everyone to visit. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and settle in for a nice catch up with friends while the kids explore.
There are interactive panels that encourage users to create music, play with mirrors, explore different surfaces and engage with bright, colourful equipment that helps with numbers and letters. Peer into the wishing well, follow the pencil pathway and play with the coloured panels and magic mirrors. Discover the pots and pans, chimes, play the pipes, practise hopscotch and balance along the snake.
A little further past the sensory garden is a lake with a few ducks in it, and a couple of picnic tables under some shelters. We set up our picnic blanket by the sensory garden, just so we could supervise the kids easily. Bring a ball as there is plenty of space to kick one around too.
While there are toilets within Country Paradise Parklands, they are a short walk from the sensory gardens. Country Paradise Parklands Adventure Playground is located at the same spot as the toilets, and is one of the best playgrounds on the Gold Coast – be sure to visit if you are going to the Sensory Gardens!
Need to know
- Address: 74 Billabirra Crescent
- Parking: There is a small grassed parking area for the Sensory Gardens if you drive through the gate at 74 Billabirra Crescent. The entry point at 78 Billabirra Crescent is the back entry gate to Country Paradise Parklands.
- Bring: picnic blanket, sunscreen, insect repellent