Your list of best playgrounds for Brisbane kids

Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre kids in nature-based playground
Nature-based playground, Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

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!

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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. Enjoy the nearby Brisbane Powerhouse, or take the family on a kayaking adventure from the New Farm Park River Hub.

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

South Bank Parklands offers a splash playground for summer days and the colourful Riverside Green playground. While you're there, soak up some culture at the nearby Queensland Cultural Centre.

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, water play, slides, a flying fox and much more. Enjoy the cafes nearby and the bushwalk to Whites Hill Summit.

Girls waiting for flying fox at Whites Hill Reserve playground Camp Hill
Flying fox, Whites Hill Reserve playground, Camp Hill

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 Greenfiedl 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 the fitness equipment and onsite cafe.

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, check out the interactive displays inside the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, or explore 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, new fitness equipment and barbecues.

Young girl on play equipment at Booker Place Park Bellbowrie
Booker Place Park, Bellbowrie

Best parks for splashing

Slap on the sunscreen and get the kids down to these playgrounds with amazing water play features.

Aqua parks and water play areas temporarily closed

The personal safety of Brisbane residents and visitors is our top priority. All aqua parks and water play areas are temporarily closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus.  For more information, read Temporary changes to Council aquatic facilities. For more information on pool closures, read Temporary closure of Council pool facilities.

Check our Coronavirus: Council updates and impacts page for latest updates. 

Ferny Grove Splash Park (Keperra Picnic Ground Park), Ferny Grove

With a splash pad, water cannon, tipping buckets and more, this water playground will have your kids in a splashy delirium. Keperra Picnic Ground Park also has barbecues and a car park. 

Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Kids of all ages will love the swings, climbing equipment, flying fox and exciting water play area. Rocks Riverside Park has plenty for adults too. There are barbecues, a kiosk and car park.

Wynnum Wading Pool Park, Wynnum

A Brisbane icon, the wading pool fills up at high tide for splashy fun. Bring food for a barbecue, or grab something to eat at the nearby Wynnum and Manly villages. Wynnum Wading Pool Park includes a much-loved water-based play area.

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.

Toddler playing in playground at Perth Street Park Camp Hill
Perth Street Park, Camp Hill

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.

Boy running in playground in Ken Fletcher Park Tennyson
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

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Last updated:29 March 2020
Topics: things to do