Prohibited and restricted activities in parks
Use this page to find out about prohibited and restricted activities in Brisbane City Council parks and bushland reserves.
Prohibited activities in parks and reserves include activities that could:
- be dangerous
- damage, injure or interfere with wildlife, vegetation, natural features or park infrastructure
- cause nuisance
- obstruct public access to all or part of a park.
Some common prohibited activities in parks and reserves include:
- bungee jumping
- collecting driftwood or firewood
- golf, other than at a designated golf facility or with a whiffle ball
- lighting of fires, except in designated fire pits or fire places, or as allowed by Council
- motorbike or trail bike riding
- picking flowers or taking cuttings of plants, unless otherwise signed
Restricted activities are activities that are permitted in areas or facilities specifically designated for the activity (e.g. mountain biking on designated mountain bike trails). Restricted activities can occur without Council approval unless they involve large groups. A large group is defined as 20 or more people in bushland areas or 50 or more people in all other Council parks.
Some common restricted activities in parks include:
- flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft
- bushwalking (view the appropriate bushland reserve track maps to see where the walking tracks are located, track grading and access)
- horse riding
- mountain biking
- rock climbing (cliffs at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park only).
Slacklining is a restricted activity in Council parks and is not permitted unless supported with a Park Use Consent. Council consent can be obtained by submitting an online park consent/booking application form.
Mountain bike riding is permitted on designated trails in:
- Mt Coot-tha Forest (also see Mountain bike riding on Mt Coot-tha)
- Toohey Forest Park
- Boondall Wetlands
- Bayside Parklands.
Electric mountain bikes can be used on designated trails but the pedals must be the primary source of power and the motor is to be a maximum of 200 watts. Remember to take care and give way to others.
Horse riding is permitted on designated trails in the following Council natural areas:
- Bayside Parklands (check the track map)
- JC Trotter Memorial Park, Leacroft Road Park and Longton Court Park, Brisbane Koala Bushlands (check the track map)
- Mt Coot-tha Reserve (check the track map)
- Anstead Bushland
- Changing Mountain Bushland
- Dandy’s Range Bushland
- Primley Street Park
- Shelley Road Park
- John Sprent Reserve
If you are unsure if your activity is prohibited or restricted or requires an application for Council consent after reading this page, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 for advice.