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INSIDE: Everything you need to know about the Lions Park Playground Helensvale QLD.

Active kids who love to clamber and climb will love the challenge of this secret Gold Coast playground.

Tucked away down a road opposite Helensvale shopping mall, you can bet 95% of the people who visit the shops don’t even know about this Pirate-themed hidden treasure, just a few minutes drive away.

We’ve let you in on the secret.

Get there before the rest of the town does.

For details of how to get there, see below. 

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Guide to Lions Park Helensvale Playground

The main drawcard of this playground is the monster-sized fort with two look-outs, a net-covered bridge walkway, AND a super fast slippery dip.

Take a look at this MAMMOTH SLIDE at Lions Park playground in Helensvale QLD.

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How to climb the fort

There’s three ways up.

Kids can climb either of the spider web nets into one of the forts, or test the stickiness of their feet as they shinny up the inside of the steep slide. 

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Giant Slide 

The last option can only be attempted when no-one else is coming down!

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Equipment at Lions Park Playground Helensvale

There’s also:

  • a standalone lookout to climb – the perfect place to keep an eye on rogue pirates loitering nearby
  • vertical climbing nets and climbing walls

This playground is tops for kids who love Parkour – challenge them to get around via the metal bars, nets, and poles without touching the ground.

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Helensvale Toddler Playground

To one side of the main fort playground, there’s toddler play equipment too, including: 

  • a toddler fort with a mini slide
  • balancing disks to wobble on

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  • a modern see-saw
  • a cone-shaped roundabout swing
  • swings
  • a bumble bee rocker for two

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Lions Park Helensvale Gold Coast BBQS and Picnic Tables

Bring your crowd for family picnics at this cool Gold Coast playground.

The Lions Park playground at Helensvale is not gated, only fenced on one side, but there’s a buffer of grass and trees between the play equipment and the road, and has low log barriers in front of the carpark.

There’s free bbq’s, a water fountain and a toilet block on site.

Bring your friends and family for a picnic, and nab one of three undercover huts with their own picnic tables around the park.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Lions Park Playground Helensvale QLD.

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Address: The Helensvale Lions Park playground is at 1a Discovery Drive, Helensvale, QLD 4212
Opening Hours: Dawn till dusk
Entry Fees: Free entry

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How to get to Helensvale Lions Park 

By train and G link: 

  • The Helensvale train station and light rail station is located only 300 meters from the centre.
  • Plan your journey via Translink
  • From there, catch the bus route 74 to Discovery Drive/Parkes Drive intersection, or walk (2.1 km, 30 mins)

By bus: 

  • Check for bus routes that service Westfield Helensvale QLD and plan your journey via Translink (link above)
  • From there, catch the bus route 74 to Discovery Drive/Parkes Drive intersection, or walk (2.1 km, 30 mins)

By car:

Take exit 62 towards Gold Coast Hwy – Helensvale South. Turn left at the traffic lights into Discovery Drive. Drive 1.5 km to find the park on your left.

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Lions Park Helensvale Parking

Free car parking on site in the small car park next to the park, or street parking also available along the street front. 

Facilities at this Helensvale Playground

Nearest takeaway coffee: Zarraffa’s coffee is at Westfield shops over the road.
Toilets: Toilet block including baby change table is next to the playground zone.
Disability access: Yes
Closest ATM: Westfield Helensvale shopping centre, across the main road, has all the major banks.
Shade: Picnic huts. Playground has tree cover.
Enclosed: Not gated.
Ground cover: Sand under play equipment, concrete pathways, grassy field
Food options: BYO picnic.
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Dogs: Yes, on leash

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Toadstool Rating – Gold Coast Playgrounds in Helensvale QLD

Good playground if you are in the area, especially as it’s not crowded like other parks in the area. 

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MORE Playgrounds in Helensvale

Westfield Helensvale Playground

The Helensvale Westfield playground is a winner with both big and small kids.

There’s a GIANT fort and slide, and it’s right next to the food court so you can enjoy a coffee while watching.

Read all the details here.

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The Surrounds Park Helensvale

The Surrounds playground in Helensvale has:

  • three giant slides
  • a huge fort
  • rock climbing walls
  • swings
  • a smaller fort with tunnels to climb through
  • a rope log balance beam
  • swaying bridge
  • in ground trampoline jumpers
  • climbing nets
  • a zip line
  • a ‘jeep’ to ride in, and more.

The giant fort nets are a thrill for parkour enthusiasts. 

There’s sand play with a water trough, sand buckets, a sand play fort, and a digging pit. 

But the highlight is the Net Orb! 

Public toilets on site, free BBQ’s and undercover picnic tables make this park a winner.

It gets VERY busy on weekends, so go early. 

Find it in the Surrounds Estate, Country Club Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212

Discovery Park Helensvale

A small park with swings and a small fort.

Good for toddlers.

Find it at Discovery Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212

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MORE things to do in Helensvale Australia with kids

  • Go shopping at Harbour Town Outlet Mall
  • Visit the Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre and join in free Active & Healthy Program activities 
  • Take the Kids to Movie World, Wet n’ Wild or Paradise Country
  • Visit Dreamworld theme park in Coomera
  • Enjoy a coffee at Zarraffa’s
  • Pop into ZiNG Pop Culture collectibles store at Westfield Helensvale to buy plushies, blind box figures, construction toys, POP! Vinyls and more. 
  • Find unique Disney souvenirs at EB Games Helensvale

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