Boondall Wetlands Reserve
An area of 1000 hectares of mangroves, tidal flats, grassland and forest on the edge of Moreton Bay near Nudgee Beach. The Boondall Wetlands Visitor Centre is where you can learn more about the environmental benefits of wetlands and the role of mangroves, reeds and mud flats as wildlife habitat and water filters. Take advantage of the many kilometres of walkways and raised boardwalks. Spend the day bike riding and bird watching in this unique natural playground. A bird hide, aboriginal art trail and interpretative signs all add to the Boondall Wetlands experience.
This huge parkland is situated in the D'Aguilar Range, 10km North of the CBD. It has an abundance of walking trails of varying distances, all taking in native flora and fauna. It is an ideal park for horse riding, cycling, camping or scenic drives. The park houses the Walk About Creek study centre, where you can see many freshwater creatures close up, another highlight is the walk through aviary.
Captain Burke Park
Under the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point with walkways, playground and picnic spots.
Chermside Hills Reserve and Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
Trails, educational centre and barbeques. Raven Street and Rode Road, McDowall
City Botanical Gardens
The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens (other Botanical Gardens are at Mount Coot-tha)were established in 1855. Here you can find elderly palms and figs, and a mangrove walk, all beside a pleasant bend in the Brisbane River. The original Curator's cottage is now the City Gardens Cafe. The botanical gardens are in the CBD and about 15 minutes walk from Roma or Central stations and easily reached using the CityCat that stops at the bottom end of Edward Street.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
The top of the cliffs is the Kangaroo Point Park that opened in early 2010 and parkland extends to the bottom of the cliffs.
The place for obtaining a view of the whole city is Mt. Coot-tha, situated 7km west of the city centre. The botanical gardens are spread over 52 hectares with over 20,000 plants and species from around the world. The lookout gives a spectacular view of Brisbane. There is also a large Botanic Garden and the Brisbane Planetarium can also be found here. Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-tha (07 3403 8888).
New Farm Park
A local park with bicycle tracks, picnic areas and an area to let your dogs run free. Toowong, Brisbane.
Play areas, old workings and river walks. Seventeen Mile Rocks
Roma Street Parklands
Roma Street Parkland is a large sub tropical gardens in the centre of Brisbane. There are a number of themed gardens, rainforest and places to sit and relax. Roma Street Parklands is designed in distinct 'precincts', the Lake Precinct has wetland species, the Forest creates a subtropical forest, and the Arid garden a collection of plants that thrive in arid areas. The Spectacle Garden is a botanic showpiece that flowers all year. Within the garden is a large collection of public art. There are also picnic areas, BBQ and a playground. Roma Street, Brisbane (07 3006 4545).
There’s a huge sandpit, a series of Aussie tree houses, a climbing wall and fun with sounds. On weekends and after school it is buzzing with children climbing, sliding and having lots of fun. The large flat area beside the playground is perfect for parents to sit down and set up a picnic, plus there are leaf shaped tables, a few shelters and free electric barbeque facilities. Kalinga Park also has a kid-size practice bikeway, a creek complete with ducks and a nearby dog off-leash area. If you live nearby, ride your bikes along the bike path that stretches from Toombul shopping centre to Grange and beyond. Park Avenue, Clayfield
Hamilton Recreation Reserve
Located just off Kingsford Smith Drive, this park includes a massive climbing net, sandpits, and bike paths with signage for young riders.
There are good barbeques and tables, plus modern toilets. It’s very easy to spend a couple of hours. Hercules Street, Hamilton
Colmslie Beach Reserve, Murarrie
This is a sprawling park that should keep everyone happy. There’s a sand pit, plenty of swings, slides and other climbing equipment. It’s called the ’Octopus Garden’ with an undersea theme. Colmslie Road, Murarrie.
Orleigh Park, West End
A giant frog is the centre of this park - slide down his tongue! There are lovely gardens and bumpy paths for the kids to explore. Hill End Terrace, West End
Wynnum Wading Pool and playground, Wynnum
This fantastic water-based playground is THE place to play in Wynnum. There are a couple of large play areas to choose from, including a great climbing net and five rubber whales which spout water.
It gets very crowded on weekends, a sign of its popularity. The wading pool is next door, there’s the jetty to walk along plus ice creams and fish and chips available nearby. Make it a full, family day out and don’t forget your togs. Esplanade, Wynnum, at the end of Edith Street.
Scarborough Beach Park, Scarborough
Enjoy the old-fashioned but hard-to-find fun of climbing trees. This park has huge old cottontrees for kids to safely climb on and around. There’s a train playground too and it’s close to the water.
Redcliffe has a variety of other parks that make wonderful destinations, including Apex Park on the foreshore at Woody Point. It has a large playground under shade and there are plenty of take away food options plus the local pub has a large play area for the kids. Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough
Anzac Park, Toowong
Location: Dean Street, Mt-Coot-tha Road, Western Freeway and Wool Street, Toowong
This park has a homestead and Aussie outback theme. It’s also home to Brisbane’s longest flying fox. It is a popular park with fitness enthusiasts with runners and walkers, both casual and organised making use of its facilities. There is an unfenced pond though so be careful with toddlers. Take a look at some photos.
Woolcock Park, Red Hill
This popular park, is paradise for younger children. Sculptural leaves dot the grounds and you can have fun with solar-powered musical sounds, hammock swing and good slide. It can get busy but it is a shady, spacious oasis.It also has a Liberty Swing for children in wheelchairs. Hawthorn Terrace, Mossvale Street and Waterworks Road, Red Hill