Capalaba hardly springs to mind when Brisbanites are asked to suggest places for a day trip. A spot of homewares shopping, yes – but tourist attractions? Go beyond the shopping malls and homewares strip to discover two lovely Capalaba parks well worth a visit.
Capalaba Regional Park (13 Pittwin North Rd, behind Bunnings) is 14 hectares of beautiful space with something for everyone. It has ample parking, and is an easy walk from the Capalaba Bus Interchange.
For walkers, joggers and cyclists, paved paths meander through the park and link to other paths beyond. Capalaba's walkers are a friendly bunch and always ready with a smile and a g'day. Dog lovers can allow Fido off the leash after his walk in the off-leash area.
The park is very popular with families and has a fantastic array of play equipment including a giant climbing net, awesome flying fox, timber fort and more. The play facilities cater for special needs kids too, including a wheelchair-friendly swing.
Even the birds love the all-abilities playground. Photo by C. Grealy
Adjacent to the play area are picnic shelters and free electric barbeques, and disability-friendly toilets. There are two beautiful waterlily-filled lagoons which are very popular with the local water birds, and flocks of corellas, cockatoos and lorikeets call the park home.
History buffs can walk through the underpass under Old Cleveland Road and see The Rocks, the site of the first crossing over Tingalpa Creek into Capalaba. The Lions Club have provided an information sign with photos of the old days.
Capalaba Regional Park is also used for community events, including the Bayside Bluesfest towards the end of the year.
Redlands Indigiscapes Centre
Colourful characters abound at Indigies Day Out. Photo by C. Grealy
Redlands Indigiscapes Centre (17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba) is a bushland park with a difference. The 14.5 hectare park also has demonstration gardens to show visitors which local native plants will do well in many different styles and locations of gardens. Native plants are for sale in the beautifully designed information centre, and staff and volunteers are always on hand to help with information and suggestions.
The on-site café is on a deck which overlooks the trees, and is always popular for lunches, and morning and afternoon teas. There is a gift shop selling wildlife-themed gifts, plus bush tucker gourmet foods. If you want to self-cater, free electric barbeques are available in the grounds.
There are three easy walking paths through the forest, which features a winding creek, many different trees and flowers, and wildlife (look up – you may spot one of the resident koalas). The playground features a flying fox, maze, sandpit and more.
During the year the Indigiscapes hosts several events, including Indigies Day Out and the Good Gardening Expo. Displays, entertainment, food, stalls and workshops make these events wonderful family-friendly days out.