Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 1st 2020
Shaded recreation for families in Victoria Point
Bill Scudamore-Smith Park and Playground in Victoria Point on Redlands Coast is a hidden gem adjacent to the Point Halloran Conservation Area. Hidden between large, well-established trees there is no dedicated carpark. However, visitors can follow School Road in Victoria Point right down to the end and park in the cul-de-sac next to the park.
Bill Scudamore-Smith Park and Playground in Victoria Point
Bill Scudamore-Smith Park and Playground are easy to miss, especially as the playground itself is set beneath an enormous fig tree in the top corner of the park. The rest of the area is taken up by a large, shaded, grassy playing area that is ideal for ball games.
Bill Scudamore-Smith Park's large shaded playing area
The playground itself is set upon a giant sandpit and centres around a climbing frame that includes a small climbing wall, slide, monkey bars, and a platform for imaginative play. There are also little balancing islands that kids can use to transition across the climbing frame.
The climbing frame has a number of climbing and balance options for children to explore
The playground includes a traditional swingset, as well as a balancing swing that allows children to swing and see-saw together.
This balancing swing set is part of the playground, in addition to a traditional swing set with a toddler and older child's swing
Adjacent to these is another tall, super-tube styled slide for more adventurous kids.
A super-tube styled slide for more adventurous kids
The entire playground is shaded by a huge fig tree that doubles as a climbing tree for older kids. The trees around the perimeter of the park are known to hold koalas at times, as well as having a number of old termite nests that have been taken over by laughing kookaburras over the years.
The Bill Scudamore-Smith Park centres around this gorgeous figtree
Facilities at Bill Scudamore-Smith Park include a freshwater tap and a shaded bench for parents and caregivers. There are no public toilets here, however. The closest public toilets are at the Victoria Point Reserve and Coochiemudlo Island Ferry Terminal on Masters Avenue.
Shaded seating allows parents and caregivers to take a break while their kids play at Bill Scudamore-Smith Park