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by Anthony Carrick (subscribe)
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Published July 29th 2021
Discover awe-inspiring playgrounds in Brisbane suburbs
Family Playgrounds and Parks in Brisbane

The greater Brisbane area has many great suburban parks for the family - I've taken a particular interest in special playgrounds with flying foxes and pedal trains. I personally like the new ziplines/flying foxes the councils are installing recently - they're fun even for us adults when the park is quiet. Both Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine and Whites Hill Reserve Park in Camp Hill have ziplines.

A Zipline at Pine Rivers Park
A Zipline at Pine Rivers Park


I like parks with both playgrounds for the kids and open space for the dogs (and older kids). That way everyone is covered! Parks with outdoor gyms are a good bonus too, like Perrin Park in Toowong.

Read on to discover my favourite parks and cool playgrounds.

Lots of open space at Perrin Park
Lots of open space at Perrin Park


Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine

Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine, on Brisbane's northside, has a reasonably sized playground set up amongst the trees and some picnic tables. This park has a pedal train around the outside of a little hedge maze.

The Pedal Train at Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine
The Pedal Train at Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine


I like that Pine Rivers Park is nestled amongst the trees and shrubbery, just off to the side of a set of picnic tables - it gives the park and playground a nice earthy feel. The playground is divided up into a few smaller areas around the shrubbery, so the kids and parents can rotate their play.

Play equipment amongst the trees at Pine Rivers Park
Play equipment amongst the trees at Pine Rivers Park


Scattered around the playground are various designs which the kids can play I-SPY with - metal butterflies suspended from above their heads, stencil shapes on the ground, and turtle and crocodile shaped mounds to climb over.

Play equipment at Pine Rivers Park
Play equipment at Pine Rivers Park


There is also the usual playground equipment plus a climbing gym and a small zip line. Moreton Bay Regional Council is in the process of upgrading the park to add around three more picnic tables and barbecues which will probably be finished in August or September 2021. And there is a toilet block too. There are plenty of carparks inside Pine Rivers Park including parents and disabled spots. It is at 125 Gympie Road, Strathpine.

UQ Educational Playground in St Lucia

The UQ Educational Playground along Sir William MacGregor Drive (by the river and UQ playing fields) is a joint venture between the University of Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

Wooden Entrance Sign and Pole Art at UQ Educational Playground
Wooden Entrance Sign and Pole Art at UQ Educational Playground


It has plenty of interactive toys for kids to play and learn on - from musical instruments, matching games to an electronic tap the colours pole game.

Interactive games and exploration at UQ Educational Playground
Interactive games and exploration at UQ Educational Playground


For looking and learning, there are nature-themed and Aboriginal-inspired art and pavement designs. There is even a pretend archaeology dig - which is sort of creepy - but cool looking. And of course, there are picnic tables and a climbing gym.

The barbeque facility and artistic poles.
The barbeque facility and artistic poles.


There are a few car parks and plenty of parallel parks on Sir William MacGregor Drive and the neighbouring streets.

Perrin Park in Toowong

This neighbourhood park in Toowong is surprisingly expansive. Perrin Park is along Josling Street and divided in two parts by a small creek with a footbridge. On one side of the park is the playground and adult exercise gym while the other side has an off-leash dog park and some picnic tables (plus a toilet block and wild birds).

The playground here at Perrin Park is petrol station themed with a mechanical flower bed area for something different. This playground also has a kids pedal train and spinning things and climbing apparatus for the kids.

Petrol Station Playground at Perrin Park
Petrol Station Playground at Perrin Park


Play equipment at Perrin Park
Play equipment at Perrin Park


The exercise gym is also well equipped for the adults with exercises for your arms and legs, and a few of each kind of exercise machine so it shouldn't be full even in the busy times (social distancing aside). Parking along Josling Street would be the easiest.

Outdoor gym equipment at Perrin Park
Outdoor gym equipment at Perrin Park


Whites Hill Reserve Playground in Camp Hill

Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane's South East near Camp Hill is an expansive nature bushland and wildlife reserve maintained by Brisbane City Council. The playground area itself has many kinaesthetic toys and two fun flying foxes down a decent incline - the flying fox actually lasts for about 10-20 seconds. Just be careful getting off it as it rises up as you remove your weight, so help your kids off the zipline.

The zipline at Whites Hill Playground
The zipline at Whites Hill Playground


The playground has plenty of parking and there are barbecue facilities both inside and outside the fenced playground. Opposite the playground are two local football ovals, and of course many walking trails around Whites Hill Reserve itself. Drive in off Boundary Road Camp Hill.

Picnic area at Whites Hill
Picnic area at Whites Hill

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Informative article Anthony. There weren't parks like these when I was young enough to use them.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3114) 60 days ago
Very good article - the local knowledge is top class.
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