An expat kiwi with a young family, living in and discovering everything Brisbane has to offer.
Published April 10th 2012
A hidden gem on Brisbane's Southside are the Berrinba Wetlands.
Located in the SouthWest1 Precinct off Browns Plains Rd, Browns Plains, you'll be amazed at what you will find once you veer off the main road and enter the quiet streets that surround the Wetlands.
As you turn left into Wayne Goss Drive you will see the park come up on your left hand side, there is a small carpark here with access to the Interpretive Centre featuring interactive LCD screens and a viewing platform.
If you continue to drive along Wayne Goss Drive for another 200 metres you will discover the fantastic playground and barbecue facilities. It is here that I recommend you park on the quiet road and begin exploring what Berrinba Wetlands have to offer.
I first discovered Berrinba Wetlands when my son was only a few months old. As a member of a local mothers group it had been suggested that we take our babies out for some fresh spring air and one of the local mums suggested the Berrinba Wetlands. It was a great decision; we found the perfect shady spot, spread out our picnic blankets and let the babies have a kick around. Since then I have been back often and now that my son is walking he loves to have a run around to get out some of his energy.
Covered playground for the younger kids.
Covered playground featuring climbing frame.
Barbecue and table areas.
Ideal for young families, the park offers plenty of manicured green spaces to unpack a picnic, there are paths to ride a bike or scooter and no less than three different playground structures ranging in equipment for toddlers to the bigger kids with the latest addition being a flying fox.
There are barbecue (electric) facilities and tables for use as well, these do get busy on the weekend though so you will have to get down there early to secure your spot!
You will also find toilets, including wheelchair facilities.
If you are looking to stretch your legs there are 8km of walking tracks and boardwalks amongst the 80 hectares here, the area is dog friendly (so long as they remain on leash) and you will find water stations dotted around the place. Keep an eye out for many different species of flora and fauna as you journey around the water.
Away from the playground areas you will find plenty of quiet spots suitable for relaxing and if you are scouting for a wedding location, there are several spots here that are ideal for such events.