Out of options to keep the kids entertained over the weekend? Looking for something new to do locally or keen on a family excursion to another suburb? We have you covered!
Whether it's a picture-perfect picnic spot, a great playground for the kids, or a new scooter track, there are more than 1260 parks across Brisbane, for fun, entertainment, sport, and recreation. We've rounded up some of the best new parks in Brisbane for kids of all ages.
Grinstead Park, Alderley
With plenty of green space to run around, a fort-style playground and a learn-to-ride track, Grinstead Park is the perfect northside destination for parents with kids of any age. It’s a must for little ones learning to ride or simply loving their new wheels! Featuring road markings, pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, speed bumps, road signage, and a petrol pump station, the park also includes a sheltered picnic table, refill drinking fountain, and bike rack.
Where: 130 Shand Street, Enoggera
Hanlon Park, Stones Corner
Kids are already flocking to the new nature-themed play area in Hanlon Park, Stones Corner, offering fun slides and climbing equipment, sand play and swings, as well as shaded seating areas for parents to watch on. This is a wonderful local park filled with plenty of activities including sandpits with diggers, a water pump station, and a multi-level tower for little adventurers keen to explore. Young families will enjoy a picnic under the new native trees attracting wildlife back to their natural habitat.
Where: 56 Junction Street, Stones Corner
Kangaroo Gully Park, Bellbowrie
Bellbowrie parents will rejoice at Kangaroo Gully Park’s new learn-to-ride track, perfect for kids to shred on their scooters or to build up their confidence on training wheels, balance bikes, or two-wheelers. It is set on a large grassy field and is designed to expose children to road markings, signs, pedestrian crossings, and hills while in the safety of a miniature streetscape. There are even traffic lights and a mini petrol bowser for kids to refuel their bikes. The park also offers a huge amount of shaded green space, perfect for a picnic or for kids to run around, as well as a sheltered table and water fountain for drinking – a great way to cool the kids down after working up a thirst.
Where: 147 Kangaroo Gully Road, Bellbowrie
Warril Parkland, Larapinta
Warril Parkland makes for a wild family day out. Navigate your way to this bush camp-themed playground with flying foxes and a lake – all part of our local Oxley Creek Transformation. There's also a lakeside boardwalk and pontoon, as well as birdwatching and space to picnic with barbecues.
Can’t tear the kids away at the end of the day? Sign them up to Oxley Creek Junior Ranger Program for a range of activities for children of all ages, including the Warril Parkland Discovery Trail, as well as activities for home or school.
Watch a short 30-second video of Warril Parkland on Council's YouTube channel.
Where: 1059 Paradise Road, Larapinta
Bradbury Park, Kedron
Explore the wonder of the magical forest-inspired playground at Kedron’s Bradbury Park, with hours of entertainment guaranteed for little ones who love fairies. Nestled among the trees is a small nature play space, with logs and rocks, as well as hidden sculptures to encourage curiosity and imagination. This special place, enjoyed by children aged 3-10 years along with their parents and carers, is just a stone’s throw away from Brisbane’s first dedicated scooter track.
Where: 91 Kitchener Road, Kedron
Guyatt Park, St Lucia
As well as being home to a recently upgraded playground, suitable for toddlers to 12 years, Guyatt Park in St Lucia also sports Brisbane’s first jungle gym-style obstacle course for teens (and the young at heart) to take on in the ultimate challenge. The playground is designed to test strength, endurance, coordination, balance, and flexibility. These exercise facilities have been specifically designed for park warriors 12 and over.
Where: 19 Hiron Street, St Lucia
Cadogan Street Park, Carindale
Brisbane just got its second disc golf course at Cadogan Street Park, Carindale. Grab the whole family for an 18-basket course to master throwing a frisbee-like disc into the target baskets in the fewest number of throws. This is a fun one for all ages and abilities!
Where: 199 Meadowlands Road, Carindale
Sandgate Foreshores Park, Sandgate
The new park at Sandgate Foreshore, near Fifth Avenue, really promotes play by the bay. With soft rubber flooring, a safety fence, and an awesome new ocean theme, this playground is right by the water offering cool breezes and shade from nearby trees. Decker Park, just down the road in Brighton features a double slide, pirates fort, and junior obstacles, to complement the existing sand play area and nearby picnic spaces.
Where: 1 Flinders Parade, Sandgate
Primrose Park, Wynnum
The kids can flip tricks, grind and ollie all day at the Primrose Park skate facility at Wynnum. Feel the thrill of fun with ramps, quarter pipes, skate rails , and jumps park to suit anyone looking to level up on scooters or skateboards. With skate obstacles spread out, it’s perfect if you’re looking to practice your tricks. To mix it up, hit up the existing shaded playground and basketball half-court nearby. Watch our Primrose Park skate facility video below or on Council's YouTube channel.
Where: Primrose Parade, Wynnum West
Wishart Community Park, Wishart
Eco-themed playgrounds are all the rage, so look no further than the epic playground at Wishart Community Park, complete with a fort, kids slide, climbing equipment and a cubby house set amongst plenty of leafy trees that offer shady spots to enjoy lunch.
Where: 106A Kavanagh Road, Wishart
Chalk Street Park, Lutwyche - coming soon
Stacks of greenspace and a shiny new playground will soon be on offer in Lutwyche’s Chalk Street Park for activity and relaxation. New playground equipment with a safety fence and adequate shade will be complemented by new picnic shelters and an accessible drinking fountain to provide a gathering space for visitors. Time to plan your next day out or event with this fabulous new facility to be ready and open by mid-year.
Where: 3 Wellington Street, Lutwyche
But wait, there's more
We’ve got more than 2160 parks, with many playgrounds around Brisbane and more to come! This means you’ve got more to see and do near home, and can seek out playgrounds with coffee, accessible and inclusive playgrounds, playgrounds for toddlers, fully-fenced playgrounds for quick-legged little ones… whatever suits you best.
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This article was originally published in September 2020 and was updated in May 2021.