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Gold Coast Parks

Make the most of opportunities to explore our great natural playgrounds.

Park safety

Parks and their outdoor surrounds are not hazard-free environments. It's important when visiting a park and /or conducting your event or activity in a park that you take necessary steps to address safety. Parks can have inherent risks such as, but not limited to, biting insects, uneven ground, water bodies and can expose users to wind, rain and sun.  

Park safety tips

Important tips for you, your family and friends to have a safe, fun and enjoyable park experience.

Things you can do to keep you and your park safe:

  • be aware of your surroundings – be vigilant and aware of where you are and who is around you
  • call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency
  • call City of Gold Coast's customer contact centre on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211 to report non-emergency concerns or issues
  • do not leave anything valuable visible in your car
  • closely supervise your children as they play in a park
  • only use park equipment and/or facilities for their intended purpose
  • on hot days, drink plenty of water, wear a hat and apply sunscreen.

City parks are not known for crime, but it still pays to be on your guard. Taking basic measures to avoid the chances of being targeted by petty criminals is sensible.

Walking, running and cycling

  • own the path, project confidence and strength
  • do not wear headphones; they reduce your senses, especially persons approaching from behind - being able to hear makes you aware of your surroundings
  • pedestrians should walk or run facing oncoming traffic
  • go with a friend, exercise in pairs or with a leashed dog when running or walking in parks
  • wear proper safety equipment, bright clothing, helmet when cycling, proper footwear, etc.
  • obey all traffic laws and/or shared pathway rules
  • tell a reliable person the route you plan to take and when you expect to be back
  • trust your instincts - if it doesn't seem right, request help from others.

Natural areas

Be on the lookout for snakes and spiders, both of which can be extremely dangerous and are common in many natural areas. Avoid walking barefoot in a park. Biting insects can be a pest, so be sure to spray yourself liberally with a suitable repellent before going out and about in the park.

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