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GJ Walter Park, Playground and Dog Park

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published June 26th 2020
The perfect weekend destination for SE Queensland families
GJ Walter Park in Cleveland was one of the first official parks in Queensland, first gazetted in 1889. Sitting right on the edge of Moreton Bay on Redlands Coast, GJ Walter Park offers one of the best outdoor destinations for families across South East Queensland.

Gorgeous GJ Walter Park overlooking Moreton Bay on Redlands Coast
Gorgeous GJ Walter Park overlooking Moreton Bay on Redlands Coast


GJ Walter Park is well-spaced, with a children's playground set along a small, sandy beach. This includes a boat-themed imaginary play area, swings, and a large climbing web. There are a number of picnic tables, electric BBQs, and benches set beneath the shade of large, well-established trees.

GJ Walter Park has a boat theme, appropriate to the location
GJ Walter Park has a boat theme, appropriate to the location


The beach offers shallow paddling at high tide, and provides interesting shells and hermit crabs for children to watch at low tide. We always take towels for our kids when visiting GJ Walter Park! Thankfully there are also freshwater taps for washing feet under before getting back in the car to go home.

The playground overlooks a little sandy beach that often proves irresistable to kids of all ages
The playground overlooks a little sandy beach that often proves irresistable to kids of all ages


Adjacent to this area is a new canoe and kayak launching area. Visitors who wish to launch their small, non-motorised watercraft from this beach can check the tide times here.

This new kayak and canoe launching point is perfect for exploring the bay from at high tide
This new kayak and canoe launching point is perfect for exploring the bay from at high tide


Further along, the beach is the start of the dog off-leash park. This area is very popular amongst dog owners who come from right across Brisbane to give their furry family members the chance for a swim. Although there is a fence running along the boundary of the dog park, dogs are able to run and swim out past it once on the beach, so this park is best for dogs who have a solid recall.

Dogs love GJ Walter Park with its off-leash beach
Dogs love GJ Walter Park with its off-leash beach


The dog off-leash park is one of the largest in the region. Seating is provided along with picnic tables and fresh drinking water. There are also little treasures waiting to be found in their hiding places about the park.

Keep an eye out for hidden treasures amongst the trees when exploring the dog off-leash park
Keep an eye out for hidden treasures amongst the trees when exploring the dog off-leash park


There are many shade trees across the dog off-leash park, some of which are home to wild koalas. Spotting them is one of the true pleasures of spending recreation time in the Redlands.

The greatest treasure hunt of all is spotting on of Redlands Coast's iconic wild koalas - or two!
The greatest treasure hunt of all is spotting one of Redlands Coast's iconic wild koalas - or two!


For this reason, owners are asked to check to ensure there are no koalas crossing the ground before allowing their dogs off the leash. If you do come across any sick or injured wildlife in the park you can call the Redlands Wildlife Ambulance on (07) 3833 4031.

Visitors to GJ Walter Park can help our urban koalas by keeping an eye out for any on the ground, or any that look sick or injured
Visitors to GJ Walter Park can help our urban koalas by keeping an eye out for any on the ground, or any that look sick or injured


As you exit the dog off-leash park again, there is a huge playing field with a cricket green to cross on the way back to the playground. Behind the playground, as you enter the carpark, are Norfolk Pine trees believed to have been planted in the 1930s. Dogs are welcome across all of the areas outside of the dog off-leash park, providing they are kept on the leash.

This huge playing field area with cricket pitch is ideal for burning off the kids' energy
This huge playing field area with cricket pitch is ideal for burning off the kids' energy


[U]Facilities at GJ Walter Park include:{/U]

Shaded picnic areas
Electric BBQs
Public toilets
Rubbish bins
A dedicated car park with additional street parking

With its stunning waterfront location and generous facilities, GJ Walter Park is the perfect weekend destination for families in South East Queensland.

Stunning and spacious, GJ Walter Park in Cleveland is the perfect family weekend destination
Stunning and spacious, with beautiful water views, GJ Walter Park in Cleveland is the perfect family weekend destination

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Why? GJ Walter Park includes a playground, shaded picnic and BBQ areas, a small sandy beach, and a dog off-leash park with dog beach. There is also the very real chance to see koalas!
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 3829 8999
Where: Shore St E, Cleveland QLD 4163
Cost: Free
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