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Favourite Little Parks in Brisbane

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published March 8th 2016
Some favourite secret parks around Brisbane
Favourite Little Parks in Brisbane

I love little parks. I enjoy finding some magic little green space that you might not existed until you stumbled upon it.



This is a list of some of the parks that people may not have heard about or maybe have forgotten. All are worth making a little bit of a trip to visit.

Newstead Park

Newstead House is one of the great historic houses in Brisbane, but did you also know that it is set on a lovely park that is open to the public.

Newstead House in Newstead Park which is in the suburb of Newstead
Newstead House in Newstead Park which is in the suburb of Newstead


Newstead House is on a little hill surrounded by a park. This park includes flower lined paths, a rotunda and of course, the Brisbane River. This is one of the great little parks to sit and relax in.

Path in Newstead Park
Path in Newstead Park


For me, Newstead Parkis a great destination for a walk. Either you can walk along Breakfast Creek to arrive at Newstead or alternatively walk from New Farm Park. The reason why Newstead Park is not that visited as part of this walk is that the walk seems to end at the Teniriffe Ferry Terminal, however, if you walk along the street for a short while you will encounter Water Front Park and the last part of the walk to Newstead Park.

Newstead Park is right on Brisbane River
Newstead Park is right on Brisbane River


Newstead House is also worth visiting. The cost is $9 for entry and you can walk around the two levels of the house. Little of the furnishing are original, but all have been selected to represent furniture from that time.

The interior of Newstead House
The interior of Newstead House


Part of the ticket price includes Devonshire tea for two. If you don't like tea you can have coffee or soft drinks with your scones instead.

Devonshire Tea at Newstead House
Devonshire Tea at Newstead House


7th Brigade Park: Chermside

When people think of Chermside, they think of the Westfield, which is a pity because there is a lot more to this suburb than a huge shopping centre. One of the loveliest locations in Chermside is the 7th Brigade Park across the road from the north end of Westfield.

7th brigade park in Chermside
7th brigade park in Chermside


The name comes from this site being used as a staging ground for troops preparing to head overseas for war, wits the last being the 7th Brigade in WWII.

Chess, basketball and handball at the 7th Brigade Park
Chess, basketball and handball at the 7th Brigade Park


This park includes a range of facilities including half basketball court, handball wall, barbecues, kids cycling centre, a giant pay fort and a giant chess board which is used when they have Giant Games events at the park.

Giant play fort at the 7th Brigade Park
Giant play fort at the 7th Brigade Park


Despite all of this, the park remains fairly quiet which is a pity. A family shopping trip to Westfield could end with lunch and play at the park. The north end of the Westfield has a great food court where you can pickup some takeaway. You can also pop into the Woolworths for something to throw on the barbecue.

Downfall creek beside the 7th Brigade Park
Downfall creek beside the 7th Brigade Park


The park is also part of the Downfall Creek Cycleway that goes from Virginia Station to the 7th Brigade park, crosses Gympie Road and continues all the way down to the Raven Street Reserve, so it is a great start or end to a nice ride or walk.

A pedestrian and cycling bridge over Downfall Creek near the 7th Brigade Park
A pedestrian and cycling bridge over Downfall Creek near the 7th Brigade Park


Gold Creek Dam

I have written about hiking Gold Creek Dam before. Yet it is also worth visiting this dam in Upper Brookfield without doing the hike; instead just walk around the park at the entrance to the dam and the dam wall itself.

Gold Creek Revesvoir
Gold Creek Revesvoir


Currently the dam is not active, but there are pipes connecting the dam to other dams as part of Brisbane's drought and flood mitigation strategies. Basically we don't drink the water from the dam, but if there is a severe drought the dam, along with Enoggera may be activated.

Old filter on display at the dam
Old filter on display at the dam


While there are currently no picnic or barbecue facilities at this dam, there is a current plan to add these in the near future. At least there are toilets here, so you can bring your own picnic table or blanket and relax here if you like. The are also historical items on display including an old filter from the dam. You can also walk on the dam wall and see its innovative stepped spillway, a first in the world

Gold Creek
Gold Creek


The 5 km track around the dam is open for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. While not a long hike the track is very over grown, steep in parts, poorly maintained and very poorly signposted, but it is a fun shorter hike though I can't imagine there would be a lot of joy in mountain biking around this lake.

Hiking around Gold Creek
Hiking around Gold Creek


Old Cleveland Light House

Cleveland Point sticks out into Moreton bay. There is little out here except a park with a playground, a nice seafood restaurant and the old lighthouse built in 1865; actually that is a lot for such a small place.

Photo of Old Cleveland Lighthouse courtesy of Bert Knottenbeld (Flickr.com)
Photo of Old Cleveland Lighthouse courtesy of Bert Knottenbeld (Flickr.com)


The lighthouse is unique being built with a wooden frame and covered in weatherboard. While a new lighthouse has been built in 1976, the old one has been beautiful restored and maintained.

Photo courtesy of The State Library of Queensland
Photo courtesy of The State Library of Queensland


There is a great pleasure visiting a place where, when you turn your head, there is water on all three sides of you. This is why the location has always been a popular picnic destination and the point has long had a little park.

Photo courtesy of Redland City Council
Photo courtesy of Redland City Council


Though of course you don't have to rough it when you have The Lighthouse Restaurant on the point as well. This is a great place for quality seafood.

Mowbray Park - East Brisbane

Mowbray park in East Brisbane is well known as a place people get on and off the ferry at the Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal. This park is often overlooked because it is not part of a walking or cycling track and lies too close to other great parks.

Photo of Mowbray Park courtesy of the Brisbane City Council
Photo of Mowbray Park courtesy of the Brisbane City Council


Yet this is a park you can easily walk to from Kangaroo Point or take a ferry from the city. The park has beautiful old trees and views of Brisbane and the Story Bridge behind the curve of the river.

Ferry at the Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal
Ferry at the Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal


If there is a reason to come here, it is to sit and relax under the trees by the river, have a barbecue with friends or buy some food from a nearby bakery or takeaway shop and enjoy the views, so please let's not forget this park.

Photo of Mowbray Park courtesy of the Brisbane City Council
Photo of Mowbray Park courtesy of the Brisbane City Council
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