If you've got kids, you will have seen a few parks in your time, but do you have a favourite? Do you stick to an old faithful or do you shake it up a bit and mix a few of your tried and tested parks? I'm a bit of both – there's a park Vic Lucas Park Bulimba spitting distance away which is just so easy to wander down the road in our bare feet and have a quick play that it's hard to beat. However, sometimes we go crazy and go all the way to Bulimba Memorial Park. It has a slightly better selection of toys to climb and coffee on tap. This is more of a weekend park for us, as even my husband can be prevailed upon to read the paper in the park with a coffee, interspersed with a kick of a ball or a boost for the monkey bars.
Another regular after school spot is Love Street Park which is great for dog owners, toddlers and school aged scooter-kids. Mums love it as the soft surface is sand rather than woodchips which makes for a much cleaner kid at the end of the play. If you're a clean freak then you can turn it up a notch at the new Hawthorne Oval Park which has the crème de la crème of play surfaces – recycled rubber. As your child bounces delightedly off the end of the slightly hair-raising slippery dip, you'll soon love it for its safety properties too.
We're fairly new to Brisbane and as you can see, my park adventures are fairly limited to Bulimba. We've strayed as far as Majestic Park and Perth St Park in moments of extreme adrenalin surges as Mummy gets lost again – but I am sure Brisbane has plenty more where they came from. So go on, what's your favourite park and more importantly, where is it? It is about time my family lived dangerously and experienced a new park so play nicely and share!
My kids are loving the new Hawthorne Oval Park on Riding Rd. Lots of fun rides to be had.
By Anonymous Tuesday, 9th of August @ 09:18 am
I must say the fabulous water park at Wynnum is a bit of a favourite with us, and not too far to stray from the Bulimba Bubble ;-) Great parking, great toilet facilities, water play (this is sunny Brisbane, after all!), sand, swings, beach, pool, BBQs, shade - it ticks nearly every box on the list! And once the kids are properly tuckered, you can head over the road for some yummy fish and chips for lunch, and then watch them fall asleep in the back of the car as you drive home.
By Melanie Robey - reader Thursday, 4th of August @ 10:41 am
By Anonymous Saturday, 24th of September @ 09:51 am
Robelle Domain is the best!
By Anonymous Monday, 9th of April @ 04:18 am
New Farm Park is fantastic. The kids playground is even more fun than I remember it being when I was a kid! There's a great run of wooden bridges and tree house type forts through the collection of moreton bay figs, a sculpture of a dragon and a few dragon eggs to play on, musical instruments, a large hammock like swing and plenty of the more traditional items. It's a pity they closed down the old cafe near the playground but there is now a temporary tent serving close by so perhaps it will stay.
By Anonymous Thursday, 22nd of September @ 03:13 am
New Farm Park
By jacks16 - reader Friday, 7th of October @ 12:31 am
New Farm Park, New Farm
By steph - reader Wednesday, 9th of November @ 10:11 pm
The park on Love Street, Bulimba. It's in quiet suburbia and it's hidden away but it is such a gem! Well made playground (wooden) and sand as the floor. Right on the Brisbane river too! Plenty of shade sails & it even has tables, chairs & a BBQ.
By Anonymous Friday, 2nd of December @ 11:12 am
By Anonymous Saturday, 26th of May @ 04:27 am
Milton Road train children's park - it has shady trees around the children's play area and a large train for children to climb. There is a picnic area and toilets nearby with a dog park and half court basketball court.
By trave - reader Monday, 2nd of December @ 04:19 am