Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published April 9th 2012
Our border collie loves to swim. After doing some research, we headed to our closest dog beach – Colmslie Recreation Reserve in Morningside. Along the way, we took a wrong turn and ended up at Colmslie Beach Reserve, also known as 'Octopus Garden'.
Colmslie Beach Reserve, located on the Brisbane River near the Gateway Bridge, is a great playground and picnic spot with a marine theme. Even the toilets are nautically themed with portholes for windows.
Kids can hide inside the large octopus structure and climb up and slide down the big fish in the sandpit. The play-ground also features a flying fox, swings, musical boat, and obstacle course.
A concrete path follows the contours of the gently rolling hills; perfect for riding bikes or scooters along. There is also a small beach where the kids can get their feet wet.
This park is perfect for picnics, with plenty of shade, tables, barbecues, and a vast green space for playing football or cricket.
Located off Lytton Road, at the end of tree-lined Colmslie Road, Colmslie Beach Reserve lies directly beneath the flight path for planes landing at Brisbane Airport; an added bonus if you like spotting airplanes.
After the kids explored Octopus Garden, we eventually made it to Colmslie Recreation Reserve. Located nearby, at the end of Col Gardner Drive, Colmslie Recreation Reserve is home to the State Hockey Centre, Colmslie Swimming Pool, Brisbane River Dragons Dragon Boat Club - and a dog beach.
Our pooch had a play on the beach and a paddle in the river while we took in the scenery. It was a hive of activity the afternoon we visited: anglers on the pier, jet skis on the river, airplanes overhead, dogs frolicking in the sand, and children playing at the nearby playground. With picnic shelters, barbecues, and toilets handy, this is also an ideal place to picnic.
I think the playpark is a real hidden gem for younger kids. The obstacle course is only a few centimetres off the ground making it brilliant for toddlers to adventure without parents worrying about big falls (as with New Farm for example). It's rarely busy, so its easy to supervise whilst letting them roam.