Just over 30 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD, the parklands are a surprising oasis of calm, especially considering its location just minutes off the freeway. Parking is a breeze thanks to the large car park, which is linked to the parklands by concrete paths, making it suitable for wheelchair and stroller users. The grassy, tree-lined river bank is the perfect spot to throw down the picnic rug, plus there are a number of covered tables and modern electric BBQs available for public use.
You needn't worry about the kids getting bored either, as the parklands is home to a large and rather innovative playground. The play equipment caters for most ages, and includes an expansive range of climbing ropes and webs, a fort with slide, swings, see saw, and even a flying fox. My toddler's personal favourite was the built-in (and safe) trampoline plus the giant-sized musical instruments. Fellow park goers may not have enjoyed it so much, but she certainly had a good time thumping away on the xylophone ladybird. The whole playground area is covered by a series of shade sails, and the toilet block is just a short walk away.
If you - or your offspring - are the active type, you may fancy a stroll along the wide concrete path weaving its way throughout the parklands. There's also a permanent ping-pong table (you'll need to bring your own bats and balls), a beach volleyball court (again, BYO ball), and plenty of space to start up your own game of cricket, soccer or footy. If you're really keen, you might want to try some of the permanent exercise equipment dotted about the park.
On the other end of the activity spectrum, the parklands are teeming with bird life, making it an ideal spot to sit back and watch the wildlife go by. There's also a couple of fishing pontoons plus a boat ramp if you're keen on getting out on the water. You needn't leave the pooch home either, as dogs are permitted in the park provided they remain on the leash and you clean up accordingly. If your pet likes to run around, a fenced off-leash area is located a short walk from the playground.
The one downside on the day we visited was the presence of a few mosquitoes. I'm not sure if these are a regular fixture, or if the recent stint of rain had brought them out, but it can't hurt to pack the insect repellent just in case.