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Published January 23rd 2019
North Brisbane's "coolest" free playground
Dreaming of a free Brisbane Northside waterpark for the kids? The Ferny Grove Aqua Park is now open.
In Brisbane, the hot humid summer lasts about 7 months and staying inside in the air-conditioning all day drives both kids and parents stir crazy.
Swimming is fun but sometimes you don't want to be in constant arms' reach of your kids (to stop them drowning) or put your own togs on (to be in the water with them), and water parks are a super refreshing alternative.
Most of the water park is shaded by trees and shade sails
Here you can sit in the shade on the tiered seating and get just damp enough to cool off, while the kids run and splash.
The whole area is well shaded. So while you would definitely still bring the long-sleeved rashies and sunscreen, it's a lot safer to be out in the middle of the day than it would be at the beach or the pool.
There are jets, misters, bubbly ladybugs, tipping buckets, a multi-tiered water play table, a gauntlet of sprinklers and more.
Plenty of tables and grass to picnic on
If they've had enough of that there's also a typical playground, and grassed areas to throw a frisbee on.
You can bring a BBQ lunch (electric BBQs are here), sit at one of the tables or spread a rug on the grass.
There are also toilets, but oddly for a family-focused facility, there is no baby change table.
Babies through to lower primary school-aged kids have a blast at the water park. The playground, however, is more suitable for kindy ages up (not tiny tots, except for the swing.)
The park has accessible pathways and toilet.
There have been lots of local complaints about the lack of car parking for such a popular venue - however, I'm not sure it would cope with a lot more visitors if there was a lot more car parking available.
Brisbane families could really do with a free water park in every second suburb.