Welcome to our first article in the 'Useful Lists' series - we asked and you answered! This week's topic in the discussion group was "Best Brisbane Parks for Toddlers" and we've collated the top 10 answers from our Brisbane mums.
There are sure to be heaps more so if your favourite isn't listed then please comment below so we can all add it to our visit list.
New Farm Park- Image courtesy of Weekend Notes
1. New Farm Park Playground Located on the Brisbane river with plenty of open areas for kite flying and bike rides, New Farm park playground, as well as the usual swings and slides, is home to a treehouse like play area with bridge walks, a dragon's nest climbing statue plus a spiders web challenging enough for even the most active of kids to conquer.
Good to know: A lot of the play equipment is integrated within the surrounding fig trees making New Farm Park perfect for any toddlers who love to climb!
"Newfarm Park Playground is AMAZING for kids of all ages." - BMG Group member
2. Biambi Yumba Park at Fig Tree Pocket The park is built around a lagoon resulting in beautiful views all round and the playground includes equipment such as a wooden fort and slide, tunnel slides, swings, merry go round and climbing wall.
Good to know: The play area is shaded and also on soft fall flooring, perfect for any toddler accidents!
Enchanted Forest Park, Image courtesy of Weekend Notes
3. Dorrington Park/Enchanted Forest Park, Ashgrove A well known park jam packed with play equipment and activities perfect for younger kids. The park has a definite enchanted forest theme running all the way through and boasts many "magical' elements including a story telling toadstool!
Good to know: Parents, there's a cafe right next to the park in case you want to grab a coffee to take with you!
4. Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks Rocks Riverside Park has so many attractions; itís hard to know where to start. With shallow pools and a man-made watercourse, this place is perfect for an overactive toddler on a warm summers day.
Good to know: There are various areas within the park that can actually be hired out for events, head to the Brisbane City Council website for more info.
5. White Hills Reserve Park, Cannon Hill This fully fenced playground at Whites Hill Reserve is huge and has a great variety of play equipment aimed at all ages. The on site sensory area is perfect for wandering little hands and will keep young ones more than occupied as well as various other features including sand and water play areas.
Good to know: Across from the car park is a cafe that serves hot and cold drinks as well as a variety of snacks.
"We love White Hills Reserve park at Cannon Hill. It is padding, grass, closed with gates around and different attractions for little babies and older ones." - BMG Group member
Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, Image courtesy of Weekend Notes
6. Karawatha Forest Park, Karawatha Not only is Karawatha forest park filled to the brim with wide open spaces, heaps of wildlife and walking tracks but it is also home to the fascinating Discovery Centre. Not only would this day trip be lots of fun for kids, it'll be educational too!
Good to know: The discovery centre is open Tuesday to Sunday 9am-4pm and is free of charge to enter!
"Karawatha Forest. Has an awesome outdoor rock and water play area, in addition to the walking trails. It has a Discovery Centre with a range of activites for kids to do!! A great place for family picnics and the entire family can enjoy." - BMG Group member
7. Hidden World Playground, Fitzgibbon A vibrant playground filled to the brim with an array of different coloured climbing apparatus and fort like play equipment, perfectly suited to kids of all ages. The park is also completely sand based so pack up the kids buckets and spades and enjoy a day out at this hidden gem.
Good to know: There's plenty of space around the play area itself for picnics, family walks or ball games.
8. Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane A fun filled day out, Roma Street Parklands in the heart of Brisbane City not only offers numerous playgrounds for toddlers but also heaps of walking space and plenty to look at and explore including lawn gardens, forests and lakes.
Good to know: Because there is so much to look at, little legs may get tired quite easily so you may want to bring bikes or scooters along with you.
City Botanic Gardens, Image courtesy of Weekend Notes.
9. City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Another City based playground that makes the list, the Botanic Gardens playground is an "all abilities" playground featuring slides, bridges, climbing frames and various sensory panels.
Good to know: The park itself is not fully shaded apart from by the surrounding trees however is it built on soft fall flooring to avoid any accidents.
"The best park we have found is in the city botanical gardens. Super toddler friendly, nice to watch the river and walk around the parklands." - BMG Group member
"We just visited that park last weekend and loved it! Very family orientated!" - BMG Group member
10. Settlement Lagoon and Park, Redcliffe A firm favourite with Brisbane mums and the perfect all day adventure, there literally is everything on offer here including children's playground, wading pools, water jets, water squirters and a large swimming lagoon. If that wasn't enough, there's also a nautical themed playgrounds and it's also surrounded by large grassy picnic areas and bike paths.
Good to know: During the busy times of year, the pools are life guard patrolled to ensure safety for all.
"We love going to Redcliffe, to the playground and the lagoon! We're new to the area though so still finding our way around." - BMG Group member
Well that concludes our first useful lists and 10 of the best Brisbane parks for toddlers. Join our Brisbane Mums discussion group HERE and look out for our next useful list and make sure to contribute!
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