Awesome Brisbane parks for active kids

Brisbane City Council's network of over 2180 parks offers some of the best free fun around Brisbane to keep kids busy in the great outdoors. From the suburbs to Brisbane City, we've put together a list of Brisbane's most awesome parks for active kids.

Bradbury Park, Kedron

Bradbury Park's state-of-the-art equipment and futuristic design has attracted families from around the city and beyond and it's easy to see why. 

There's plenty to do for all ages. The playground itself is designed with older kids in mind (around 10-15 years). There are hollow towers, by-ways, slides and bridges perfect for older children looking for adventure. Plus, there's also a basketball court nearby.

For younger kids, there's a nature play space and scooter track. 

Dogs are catered for too with a dog off-leash area.

Grinstead Park, Alderley

Another northside favourite, Grinstead Park in Alderley, has plenty to see and do for all ages. 

Bring a ball for a round of basketball with the kids, followed by a classic sausage sizzle lunch or dinner on the park barbecues.

The playground was upgraded in mid-2022 to offer even more facilities including a nature play and discovery trail, as well as improved accessibility. The playground's trampoline will have kids jumping for joy. Don't forget to pack their scooters and bikes to take a spin around the scooter track next to the playground.

Scooter track, Grinstead Park

Frew Park, Milton

Frew Park off Milton Road provides opportunities for adventure and hours of fun. Wendy Turnbull Green is a huge open greenspace for kids to run and play. Without a doubt, the centrepiece of the park is 'The Arena' playground, combining architecture and play based around the old tennis grandstand. The playground includes a large climbing wall, huge slides, an elevated mesh climbing cage and so much more. 

Climbing wall, The Arena, Frew Park

Whites Hill Reserve, Camp Hill

Harness your inner ninja warrior and get ready to challenge yourself with a visit to Whites Hill Reserve in Camp Hill.

One of four parks across Brisbane featuring a ninja course, Whites Hill Reserve will have you scaling walls, rock hopping, balancing across the plank and more. It's fun fitness for all ages!

There's still plenty to do if the kids have energy to burn after the ninja course. Check out the exploration playground, or take them on one of the many bushwalks nearby.

If you need to refuel after all of this, enjoy lunch around a barbecue or at one of the several cafes nearby.

For more ninja course challenges, head to Guyatt Park in St Lucia, Teralba Park in Everton Hills, or Doulton Street Park in Calamvale.

D. M. Henderson Park, Macgregor

Avast, ye hearties!. Be sure to pay a visit to the pirate ship playground at D. M. Henderson Park in Macgregor for an awesome day out. Complete with net climbs, a fireman's pole, masts, a steering wheel, hammocks, flying fox and more, the pirate ship is just one of many reasons to visit this awesome park.

If your young ones enjoy being on two wheels rather than two feet, then the BMX track will keep them entertained for hours as they become masters of the moguls, banks and bumps. 

Need to slow it down? Make the most of the greenspace and enjoy a picnic.

For more BMX action, check out Kianawah Road Park in Wynnum West.

Pirate playground, D. M. Henderson Park

Warril Parkland, Larapinta

Nestled in bushland at the bottom of Oxley Creek, you'll find Warril Parkland - an exciting, nature-based playground with a lake and wetlands nearby.

Let your kids' imaginations run wild with nature and water play activities, or take them on a walk through the wetlands to try their hand at birdwatching. Enjoy a relaxing picnic with Budela-budela Lake as a picturesque backdrop.

The parks is part of the Oxley Creek Transformation project which will see more exciting additions to Warril Parkland in future.

Nature play, Warril Parkland

More to see and do

There's so much more to see and do across our great city. For more family-friendly parks, head to our Brisbetter Explore page, or jump on the Brisbane app.

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**This article was updated in January 2024.**

Editor's note: The featured content in Brisbane Explore is created to inspire residents and visitors to plan a day out exploring Brisbane. Brisbane City Council disclaims any relationship with, or endorsement of, businesses featured in this article.

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