Get excited – it’s time to start imagining how you will be able to enjoy Brisbane's biggest new park!
The Victoria Park Draft Vision has been released and it includes all the proposed features that will guide the evolution of Victoria Park into an amazing public parkland.
1. Having a natural oasis right in the inner city
Picture yourself surrounded by nature in a new urban forest, right in the heart of Brisbane. The vision looks to transform Victoria Park into a natural sanctuary by increasing the tree canopy cover across the park from 10% to a whopping 55%. New trees will be planted across the rolling landscape, providing more habitat for wildlife and creating a peaceful retreat in the centre of the park, so you can get up-close with nature.
Better yet, the Victoria Park Vision will ensure 45 hectares of greenspace is protected and enhanced so future generations can love it as much as we already do.
2. Bringing back natural waterholes
Did you know Victoria Park once featured a chain of waterholes that flowed into the Brisbane River? Over time they were piped underground and forgotten, but our vision proposes to restore these natural waterways through the creation of wetlands, waterholes and a lake.
It’s no secret that Brisbanites love the water, so our vision includes restored waterholes that will re-establish natural cooling and drainage systems, as well as adding an abundance of water-based activities right at your fingertips.
Discover wetlands on boardwalks and trails, explore rocky waterholes, make a splash in the Nature and Water Play Gully, or kayak over the new recreational lake.
3. Challenging yourself to outdoor adventures
If you're always up for a challenge, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to adventure activities among the great outdoors in Victoria Park.
Picture yourself swinging through the trees on a high ropes course, exploring the park sky high on the canopy walk, or if mountain biking is more your style, breezing through forest trails on two wheels.
4. Reaping the rewards of an urban farm
Brisbane is already home to several flourishing community gardens and city farms, and an increasing love of growing your own produce.
The southern side of the park offers an ideal spot for community gardens or a small urban farm, complete with a northern aspect for maximum sunshine that’s sure to make it a green thumb favourite!
If gardening isn't your thing, you could still enjoy delicious produce for sale from a new farm gate, get a buzz having a go at beekeeping, or form new sustainable habits by making the most of convenient composting facilities.
5. A lively hilltop entertainment precinct
City views and expansive green lawns at an enhanced hilltop entertainment precinct will make this area of Victoria Park the place to be for dining, events, community gatherings and festivals.
The popular driving range, putt putt course, bistro and function centre are set to be retained as part of the vibrant precinct, with a new function facility and lawns proposed too. Al fresco dining, kids play spaces and high-capacity function centres will give this area a lively buzz, while those looking for a quieter dining experience can journey into the forest or lakeside areas.
6. More to see and do with the kids
There will be no shortage of things to explore at Victoria Park, which means you will always find something to capture curious little minds.
Both big and little kids will love splashing about in naturalised constructed waterholes, or in a new water play park at Centenary Pool. Enjoy a waterside picnic, fly a kite on the many sunny lawns, cruise through the cycling trails, roll into the skate bowl, hit some balls at the cricket nets, or discover plenty of playgrounds nestled throughout the park.
The fur babies haven't been forgotten either, with dog off-leash areas proposed to be conveniently located on the edge of the park.
7. New ways to ride, walk and connect
Victoria Park will give you more choice when it comes to active travel, with new ways to get to and through the park.
The park will have excellent walking, cycling and public transport access with easy links to surrounding neighbourhoods.
Within the park, there'll be a connection for you, no matter what brings you there, whether you're a commuter cyclist just passing through or a visitor looking to linger as you explore discovery trails and leisurely bike rides.
8. A place to celebrate our city and culture
Victoria Park will have a cultural landscape that combines art, history, culture and nature. The existing natural and built features of the park will be preserved to showcase the greenspace's use over time, and a new Cultural Hub will become a standout attraction.
The vision seeks to make Victoria Park a hub for cultural and heritage education and experiences, celebrating the Aboriginal connection with the landscape in multiple ways, such as through artworks, discovery trails, performance and interactive learning experiences.
9. Breath-taking art and architecture
New structures in Victoria Park won't just be any old buildings! Instead they will be designed to turn heads with a uniquely Brisbane look inspired by the park's landscape and the patterning of Indigenous 'gunyahs' (shelters).
One of the most striking new additions proposed is a spectacular tree house with a twisting form that will look like it's floating across the landscape. A breath-taking find during the day, it will be even more impressive lit up at night! Sculptures and art will also surprise and delight throughout the park, setting the scene for more temporary art installations.
10. The vibrant park border
Nature might be taking centre stage in Victoria Park, but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of lifestyle options around the edges of the park that will be easy to get to when you're up for some activity or entertainment.
Community hubs, adventure areas, dining precincts, and visually dynamic cultural attractions will enliven the edge of Victoria Park, with new facilities clustered around existing buildings and major park entry points. With such a beautiful setting to enjoy, flexible outdoor spaces will host year-round events like pop-up activities, exhibitions and performances.
Victoria Park Vision ideas
View the image gallery to see the Victoria Park Vision ideas. You can also view this slideshow on Council's Flickr account.