Fauna Parade Park is located in Rocklea, a suburb approximately 9km south of Brisbane's central business district. Originally called Rocky Water Holes, the suburb's current name is derived from the Rocky Waterholes in the area. Rocklea is a mostly industrial suburb, being the home to many large firms from a range industries. However, hidden amongst Rocklea's many industrial streets are little known gems like Fauna Parade Park, a large area of green with heaps of family-oriented facilities, in stark contrast to the rest of the suburb.
Map of the Salisbury Bikeway, found at the entrance of Fauna Parade Park.
There are several residential streets on which you can park your car; these streets mark the entrance of Fauna Parade Park - park on either Pegg Rd, Corella St, Boobook St, or Galan St. Follow the single, well-paved and well-maintained walking track (Salisbury bikeway), and soon you will find yourself in adjacent neighbouring park, Kookaburra Park. You will pass by beautiful tall trees that flank the walking path and provide plenty of shade; there are also benches scattered throughout in case visitors need a break.
Keep following the track, and soon you'll reach a small children's playground on your left - despite being relatively small in size, it has all the necessary equipment to keep your little ones entertained. Swings and slides are all one needs, right? In this same area, you will find a traditional barbecue available for use by patrons; this is the perfect location for a barbecue, because your kids can keep themselves occupied (under close supervision) while you whip up a delicious sausage sizzle. There are also plenty of shady seats in the area. It's a win-win for all!
There is a beautiful little creek that runs through Fauna Park Parade called Oxley Creek, complete with a creek filtration system. Creek filtration systems improve water quality because native plants naturally filter silt, litter and chemicals, to stop them from going into the creek. The filtration system cleans the stormwater first, rather than having it collect everything on the way (e.g. rubbish, chemicals, fertilisers) when rain water flowers through our backyards and streets. This is a great place to start teaching little ones about the importance of protecting our environment, making Fauna Parade Park both a fun and educational place to visit on the weekend!
Still beautiful despite our visit coinciding with the dry season.