Looking for fun things to do with kids in Brisbane? We asked for Brisbane's best playgrounds, and Brisbanites showered our Instagram with their favourites. With this handy list, finding new play locations in Brisbane is easier than ever!
Inner-city playground hotspots
No surprises here. Brisbane's most famous parklands also boast some of the city's best playgrounds.
New Farm Park, New Farm
The timber playground at New Farm Park offers swings, slides, rockers and plenty to climb on as it weaves through shady trees.
Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane City
Set among the vibrant gardens of Roma Street Parkland is one of Brisbane's favourite playgrounds. With slides, games and equipment to climb on, there's plenty to keep kids entertained.
South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane
Best playgrounds for toddlers
If you're toddlers are inclined to toddle away, we've got fully-fenced playgrounds.
Ascot Park, Ascot
Ascot Park will fire your child's imagination with pretend markets and fire station, plus swings and equipment to climb. Ascot Park has barbecues and a basketball court.
Milton Park, Milton
Next to the train line, this colourful, train-themed playground is great for your little ones. Milton Park also offers barbecues, toilets, dog park and a basketball half court.
Oriel Park, Ascot
With forts, swings, slides and heaps of equipment to climb on, this playground offers plenty to keep kids playing. Oriel Park also has electric barbecues and picnic tables.
Whites Hills Reserve, Camp Hill
Whites Hill Reserve Exploration Playground is a massive play space for all ages with sand pits, slides, a flying fox and much more. Enjoy the cafes nearby and the bushwalk to Whites Hill Summit.
Great parks for the whole family
Everyone loves a good park. These parks have terrific playgrounds and facilities for the whole family.
Carindale Recreation Reserve, Carindale
Younger kids will love the slides and rope nets at Carindale Recreation Reserve, while the rest of the family enjoys the designated drone launching area and outdoor fitness equipment.
C. J. Greenfield Sports Complex, Richlands
While the kids enjoy the slides, swings and balance beams, everyone else can enjoy the custom multi court, sporting fields and bikeway. The C.J Greenfield Sports Complex park has barbecues and a car park too.
Frew Park, Milton
Known as The Arena, the huge Frew Park playground has swings, slides, climbing walls and more to entertain toddlers through to teens. Adults can enjoy fitness equipment.
Grinstead Park, Alderley
This fort-style playground is great for hide and seek games and includes swings, slides and a flying fox. Grinstead Park also has a basketball half-court, nearby skate bowl and abundant bike path connections, as well as barbecues, shelters and car parking.
Hidden World Playground (Bill Brown Sports Reserve), Fitzgibbon
Hidden World will delight with its imaginative design, swings, slides, climbing walls and poles, as well as open greenspace, barbecues, a dog off-leash area and car parking.
Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, Karawatha
After the kids climb and splash about the nature-based play area at Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, check out one of the discovery trails.
Svoboda Park, Kuraby
Svoboda Park boasts a flying fox, slides and plenty to climb along, as well as sporting facilities and bike paths. The park also has barbecues, shelters and a car park.
Best parks to bring the fur babies
Booker Place Park, Bellbowrie
This timber play area has swings, slides, bridges and rockers aimed at toddlers and younger school-aged children. The off-leash dog park is top notch. Booker Place Park also has a car park and barbecues.
Kalinga Park, Kalinga
The kids have bridges and ladders to climb and slides and poles to slide down, while your dogs get a run in the off-leash dog park. Kalinga Park also offers cricket fields, fitness equipment, a basketball half court, barbecues and a car park.
Pallara Park, Willawong
The shady off-leash dog park with a separate small dog area is right next to a fantastic new playground with a huge climbing tower, swings, slides and other climbing opportunities. Pallara Park also has a great learn to ride bike and scooter track, fitness equipment and barbecues.
Best fun out in the sun
These sun-safe playgrounds give you plenty of shade so you can play for longer.
Calamvale District Park, Calamvale
This shady spot has slides, a rope course, flying foxes and plenty of equipment to climb on. Calamvale District Park also includes a multi-use half court, barbecues and car park.
Perth Street Park, Camp Hill
Perth Street Park playground has slides and swing sets designed for toddlers, plus a basketball half court, cricket field and outdoor exercise equipment for the bid kids and grown ups.
Teralba Park, Everton Park
Teralba Park playground has a maze, sandpit, games and other features for younger children, along with open spaces, a basketball court and table tennis table.
Suburban playground secrets
Looking for a quiet spot? Here's a couple of suburban secrets.
Sir John Chandler Park, Indooroopilly
Argh, get your little landlubbers to this pirate ship-themed playground next to the river with seesaws, swings and slides. Sir John Chandler Park also has barbecues and a boat ramp.
Teneriffe Park, Teneriffe
Teneriffe Park is a shady spot, set against bushland with magnificent views of the city, has swings, seesaws and plenty of things to climb on, as well as winding bush tracks for those seeking adventure.
Best playgrounds for accessible and inclusive play
Check out our list of over 40 parks across the city with accessible and inclusive playgrounds.
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson
On the site of an old power station, this industrial-themed park includes heaps of climbing, spinning, swinging and social play options. The unique landscaping reflects the site's industrial history. Ken Fletcher Park includes a public river pontoon, informal amphitheatre and barbecues.
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This blog was originally published in March 2020 and was updated in July 2023.