Mystical tales remind us that fairies, goblins and dwarfs live in magical enchanted forests. What if you could visit and play in a real enchanted forest fairy playground anytime you wanted in the inner, western suburb of Ashgrove? This is what is on offer for the young and young at heart in a secret corner of expansive Dorrington Park in Ashgrove.
This magical, hidden playground is just waiting to be explored by energetic and curious Brisbane kids. I found it by chance while walking my pup in the park and he was more than a little jealous that dog parks are not this intriguing.
How the park came to be created
The wondrous Enchanted Forest Fair Playground was created in 2006 and designed with the involvement of then students from Ashgrove State School. The playground is surrounded by part fencing which features brightly painted panels of original artwork by Gavan Fanalon, all of which are fairy and story themed.
Playground Equipment Step through the gates and you will find that the park is jam-packed with climbing and jumping playground equipment and a couple of unique pieces including:
musical mushrooms that tell a story and are watched over by a giant green frog bridges forts, rockers, The House of Hex with its hexagonal climbing structure and spider webs,
swings and slides,
climbing nets, and
After all of that running, climbing and jumping, the park has lots of grassy spaces for a picnic or a rest with electric barbeques also on standby for hungry little fairies and elves. Shaded benches and tables are ideal for taking a breather.
There is certainly a lot of playground equipment in the Enchanted Forest, but for me the natural elements of the shady, mature leopard trees are the standout. They proudly provide the canopy to the forest while also protecting the sensitive skin of its visitors from the burning Queensland sun. They also invite the more adventurous to climb their wide, sturdy limbs.
Toilets and rubbish bins are located beside the playground and are also painted in fairy tale themes. The park is free and access is via a bitumened pathway off Frasers Road. Free parking is available right beside the entrance to the park. Ashgrove is located six kms from the CBD. Why not explore the magical world of goblins and fairies in Dorrington Park this weekend?