The Surrounds Playground, Helensvale
This innovative playground was designed to give children the chance to enjoy a tactile and sensory adventure, with plenty of play elements as well as the opportunity to take safe risks and challenge their bodies and minds.
For the bigger kids, a large, double climbing cube-type structure is the highlight of the playground. Slides are accessed from various climbing points, with the challenge being that the slides have no platforms or stairs attached to them and must be accessed by the rope nets. Not one for little kids or those not fond of climbing – but they will be easily pleased with the other equipment including trampolines, rope swing and a flying fox!
For the younger children or those less confident with climbing, there is another smaller playground with a couple of slides and stairs, a ride-on jeep and a see-saw. If you’re looking for some messy play, this is also the place for you! A sand and water play area will keep the kids occupied for hours.
Popular for birthday parties, there is a large picnic table shelter with bbq facilities, tables and bench seats. This shelter from the elements and drinking fountains are much needed, as unfortunately the playground will rely on natural shade from trees so until they grow, it can be quite hot. We recommend visiting early in the morning or later in the afternoon to be out of the worst of the heat.
The newest edition to The Surrounds is Cafe Sofi. Only a few metres from the playground, older kids can easily play while the adults brunch, or a coffee to get through the playground supervision is easily purchased from the takeaway window. Toilet facilities are also available at the cafe.