Grey Gum Park is located in Stafford Heights, a suburb 8km north of Brisbane's CBD. Stafford Heights is named after a neighbouring suburb, Stafford. Fun fact - Stafford was originally called Happy Valley! Similar to Stafford, Stafford Heights is mainly residential in nature, and as such, is not surprising that Grey Gum Park is nestled amidst a string of residential streets - good news, this also means that there is plenty of free street parking near Grey Gum Park.
What facilities are available at Grey Gum Park for dogs?
For Eddy and I, the "main" attraction of Grey Gum Park has to be its fully-fenced off-leash dog area - rectangular in shape and expansive in nature, the off-leash dog area is a (safe) doggy paradise for all canine patrons. Grey Gum Park has established a great friendly community of dogs and their owners, with existing members welcoming Eddy and I, the newcomers, with open hands (or paws). Balls were shared around freely, and all the dogs had a blast doing what they do best (i.e. running around and having fun), while the owners sat around and chatted. Grey Gum Park has a lovely ambience going on - warm and inviting, and most importantly, fun!
Note: There is both a large and small dog park, but we found the big dogs at the large dog park friendly and more than accommodating to smaller dogs like Eddy.
What facilities are available at Grey Gum Park for children?
There is a playground located near the entrance of Grey Gum Park where fun times will be had by all children (and those who are young not in age, but at heart). Although small in size, the playground at Grey Gum Park has managed to fit in heaps of different playground equipment - every child will find something they will enjoy playing here. Best of all, the majority of the playground area (with the exception of the swings) at Grey Gum Park is covered by a rooftop canopy, meaning that children can play to their heart's content while staying out of reach from Queensland's harsh sun.
Lots of playground equipment in this little corner of Grey Gum Park.
Seeing as Grey Gum Park is expansive in nature, it makes sense that it is a great place for patrons to take a leisurely stroll through the green. There is a paved track that circles around the park, although there is also the opportunity to walk on the grass should you prefer this type of ground. In dryer months, patrons can even walk down to where Downfall Creek usually flows - please take caution and decide your route based on that day's particular circumstances (i.e. weather).
Are there any fitness facilities available at Grey Gum Park?
Yes! There are fitness stations that are scattered around the path, that can be found by following the walking track. This kills two birds with one stone - warm up by walking along the track, so that you can safely exercise using the fitness stations provided free of charge at Grey Gum Park. Why pay for a gym when you have free gym equipment available for use?
Is there anything else worth noting about Grey Gum Park?
In addition to all the great facilities listed above, Grey Gum Park is also a great opportunity to teach children about the importance of keeping the environment clean, by not littering and by cleaning up after ourselves. The section of Downfall Creek that flows through Grey Gum Park is home to a 'rubbish trash', that reduce the amount of litter escaping into the sea. It's a literal barrier that stops larger pieces of rubbish going through, but of course, this is not foolproof - smaller pieces can easily slip past, and as such, it is very important that we clean up after ourselves at Grey Gum Park, and every other public place.