Here are six lovely little parks that I have discovered. Of course there are going to be many other little treasures hidden around Brisbane. Please let me know of your own secret discoveries in the comments.
Highgate Hill Park
Highgate Hill Park is at the top of the hill that is Highgate Hill. This tiny little park is not particularly remarkable, except for the fact that it has one of the best views in town.
Rather than take exception to this influx of people, the clergy here are actively encouraging this. Last time I was there I talked to a priest who told me their plans to add more and better seating. This is just to perfect CBD location to sit and relax.
Frew Park: Milton
You can't miss Frew Park as your drive along Milton Road in Milton. The giant tennis racquet in front of the tennis court makes it easy to spot. This small park built on the location of the old Queensland Tennis Centre is packed with a lot.
The tennis centre includes includes a building that houses a cafe. While there is nothing special about this cafe or its offerings, it is still a nice place to relax with a cup of coffee. Being on the upper floor you have a nice view of the park.
The Arena Playground is designed with kids aged 10-15 in mind. It has climbing wall, slides and other places for kids to have some adventure. There are also areas for younger kids to play so no one will feel left out.
Whenever you see those iconic photos of Brisbane, they were taken from Wilson Outlook Reserve. On any day or early evening you will find a bunch of people with cameras on tripods getting that perfect Brisbane photo.
Bowen Bridge Heritage Park
While I wanted to focus on little isolated parks rather than special spots in parks, Bowen Bridge Heritage Trail is the exception. Basically a small section of the Enoggera Creek Bikeway between Downey and Edmund Streets, entering this part of the trail is like entering a special little world.
First of all, you enter the park through a wooden arch gate. This part of the trail is covered over by hanging tree branches and has several little art and design works. There is also some historical information about the Bowen Bridge which this park commemorates.
I am going to add this park because it is to me one of the best examples of a community park in Brisbane. This park manages to bring together several of the best aspects of local green spaces.
The central area of the park is an open green space. At one end, up a gentle slope, is a rotunda. I'm not sure if it ever gets used for anything, but I like the idea of Australian parks having rotundas.
Around the park is a walking and cycling track. Most mornings you will find joggers and walkers doing circuits of the park. There are also very good exercise equipment around the park. Some of it has instructions but some of it doesn't.
While some of the more sophisticated the machines are interesting, simple things like bars, steps and angled planks of wood are also useful. Because of the lack of instructions I am not sure how to best to use some of it though.
Can someone tell me how to use this without injuring myself