The 5 best playgrounds in Port Douglas

Port Douglas, an hour north of Cairns is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.  We’ll show you the 5 best playgrounds for those families who just want a quiet, relaxing day out with their kids, while visiting this beautiful part of the world.

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 1. Rex Smeal Park

This playground has been updated – new pictures coming soon!

Rex Smeal Park and playground is a lovely open area park offering fantastic views of the inlet and rainforest.  The playground is better suited for younger kids and consists of  a couple of swings and a Pirate ship.  

There’s giant fig trees here, BBQ’s, picnic tables and toilets.  

Getting there: Rex Smeal Playground is located in Central Port Douglas on the Marina (not the beach) side of town near Flagstaff Hill

2. Hutchings PARK – Port Gardens

The Hutchings Park and Playground, located in the residential suburb of Port Gardens is the best all ages playground in Port.  There are two separate areas. The new brightly coloured playground is suited for all ages, and there is plenty here for toddlers and younger kids to keep them entertained.  The older playground has a higher swing and slide.

There are BBQ’s, picnic tables and toilets here.

3.Bruno RiedwEg Park

Bruno Riedweg Park is located just off Port Douglas’s Four Mile Beach, but quite some distance down from the main centre of Port Douglas.

There are two sperate areas here, one for the older kids and the other for toddlers.

There are also BBQs and under cover picnic tables.

Getting here: Heading south of of Port Douglas turn left onto Langley Road and follow it down to the beach.

4.Market Park

This is a small but popular playground located right at the end of the main street in Port Douglas – Macrossan Street – at the Marina (not beach) side of town.

5. Glengarry Big 4

Technically not a playground, this water play park, pool and jumping pillow is part of the Glengarry Big 4 Holiday Park in Port Douglas. We are mentioning this here as it is a cool thing to do with the kids, and the resort allows day visitors to come and use their facilities.

The cost at present (2020) is $15 a person – think of it as an entry ticket to the resort.

Good value for a day on fun! No booking required. From 10am to 6pm daily but excluding public holidays.

Getting there.

Glengarry Holiday Park is located south of Port Douglas.


Mossman PlaygROund | Skate Park | Pump Track

Not technically in Port Douglas, BUT this playground in Mossman, 20 minutes north of Port Douglas, is the BEST PLAYGROUND in the area. It is fully fenced and has an all abilities playground suitable for kids of all ages, a skate park, a BMX pump track (also suitable for scooters) and a half basketball court.

If you are planning a trip tp Mossman Gorge, we highly recommend visiting this playground afterwards.

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