The Gap is a large suburb which lies only 11 kilometers from Brisbane CBD, yet it is surrounded by mountains on four sides and has many parks and green belts, which are perfect play spaces for families with young children. The highlight for us is Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre, but the local parks are also definitely worth a visit.
Here are five fun outdoor-based activities for children from one end of The Gap to the other.
1. South East Queensland Wildlife Centre - Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre:
Located at the Mt Nebo end of Waterworks Road in The Gap, Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre is the Headquarters of D'Aguilar National Park. It has a fantastic animal exhibit where you can hand feed Eastern Grey Kangaroos, view nocturnal creatures by day, see a platypus swim and maybe spot the resident quoll.
The South East Queensland Wildlife Centre is open every day (9am - 4.30pm), however on weekends they have a Wild Encounters program for families at 1.30pm, which I highly recommend. It is also worth stopping in at The Green Tree Frog Cafe for lunch or a snack overlooking Enoggera Reservoir. There are some easy walking tracks to follow from the visitor centre, which are another great way to explore the area.
2. Walton Bridge Reserve - Waterworks Rd:
There are several sections to this park for families to explore. It is conveniently located next to The Gap Shopping Village and spreads along Enoggera Creek, across Waterworks Road (adjacent to the Police Station). They have a flying fox and climbing structures for bigger kids and an imaginative wooden fort playground, with a creek theme (frogs, dragonflies, turtles etc) for younger children. There are several barbecues and picnic tables and teens will gravitate towards the popular skate park.
Wittonga Park is a spacious place to visit, with a dog off leash area, football field and colourful playground bordering Fish Creek. There is plenty of shade and areas to ride bikes or scooters.
4. Paten Park - Paten Road:
Tucked along Paten Road, at the base of Mt Coot-tha is Paten Park. There is a dog off leash area and children's playground surrounded by gum trees. It is a quiet spot for children to play and have some fun. The theme of the playground is Paten Park Nursery - where they can pretend they run the garden shop, selling plants and flowers.
Head down School Road to Enoggera Creek, where the resident ducks eagerly await little bits of stale bread and leftovers. Maybe take your own picnic lunch or ride a bike along the designated bike tracks.