Brisbane has endless fantastic playgrounds to choose from, often with a unique theme and bespoke equipment. Here is a guide for newcomers to some of the best playgrounds in the Eastern suburbs.
1. Love Street, Bulimba
This is a lovely 'bare feet' playground, with bright equipment spread out through a huge sandpit. There is a good range of swings, a climbing fort and a 4-person see-saw as well as a death-defying slide and spinning ring for older children. Parking is easy but there are no toilets nearby. Try French Twist, a few minutes walk away, for piping hot take-away coffee (and look out for the owl who sleeps on the ceiling fan!) Click here for the full Weekend Notes Review
2. Bulimba Memorial Park, Bulimba Close to Oxford Street, this playground has its own 'street' of play shops and cafes. Children can pretend to grind coffee and fill espresso cups with woodchips at the make-believe cafe or bake croissants at the play bakery. There is a fun zone of twirling flowers and rockers for younger children and climbing nets for older ones. Toilets are at the other end of the park. Click here for the full Weekend Notes Review
3. Hawthorne Park (Livvi's Place), Riding Road, Hawthorne This playground is fully enclosed, so is a good one to enjoy with younger children. There is a great sandplay area and a good set of climbing nets for older children. Developed in partnership with Touched by Olivia Foundation, there is a range of inclusive equipment, including a braille board, lie down swing and wheelchair-friendly swaying boat. There are several disabled parking spaces reserved nearby on Riding Road. However, general parking is difficult and toilets are on the other side of the park. In the surrounding Hawthorne Park, there is a flat walking circuit, great for scooters, prams or wheelchairs. The Nook nearby is very child friendly (with free babychinos!) and highly recommended if you're looking for a snack after your trip to the park. Click here for the full Weekend Notes Review
4. Hardcastle Park, Hawthorne Situated right beside the Hawthorne Citycat stop, this park is a great place to watch the boats go by on the river. There is a selection of climbing nets and slides and a small boat to play in. There are no toilets and parking is difficult, so this park is best to combine with a Citycat trip. Why not bring some sausages to grill on the electric BBQ by the playground?
5. Colmslie Beach Reserve Playground, Morningside Nestled in an industrial corner of the City, this playground is a hidden gem. There is plenty to keep everyone amused all afternoon, with an Octopus Cave, musical shipwreck and huge sandpit. Kids can climb into the mouth of a huge orange fish and slide down its back. There is an assault course only a few centimetres off the ground, perfect for toddlers to adventure without parents needing to worry about big falls. Older children can enjoy the flying fox or driving remote controlled cars along undulating paths. There are toilets and plenty of parking spaces but no coffee shops nearby, so bring a picnic to enjoy amongst the Jacaranda trees. For the full Weekend Notes review, click here
6. Minnippi Parklands, Tingalpa The make-believe playground at Minnippi Parklands is a magical place for imaginative play. Developed around the theme, 'The Dream of Flight', kids will love flying the dual-control "Icaroplane" - part bird, part plane, part man. There are colourful eggs nestled amongst the trees and an amphitheatre where older children could enjoy putting on a play. Click here for the full Weekend Notes Review
Located next to Mowbray Park Citycat stop, this playground has a nautical pirate theme. Children can sail a boat and walk the plank into shark infested waters. Parking is easy and there are toilets beside the playground. Click here for the full Weekend Notes Review
8. Carindale Recreational Reserve, Carindale This fantastic park has a space theme, complete with moon walkers and a space buggy. The rocket ship has plenty of buttons to press and a light up flare. The surrounding park also has a great circuit for scooters or bikes. There are toilets nearby and plenty of parking spaces. Click here for the full Weekend Notes Review
I really liked the article and will be checking out some of the parks that my kids haven't been to in the near future. One question though; how does Wynnum Foreshore, Lota Foreshore and Manly Foreshore parklands not get a mention? They are packed every day with kids, families, walkers dogs etc.