Sunday afternoon, we were looking for something to do that was cheap, entertaining and fun for the kids. It was a rather hot and stuffy day, so somewhere with shade was high on the agenda. Living in the region of Ipswich, it's hard to find a fully shaded park and when I say this, I mean fully shaded, not shaded half or a quarter over the kids' play equipment. Flicking through Ipswich City Council's website, we found a little park up near Flinders View. We hopped in the car and cruised to the park to explore and see what it had to offer.
Picture by Brett - The themed shaded race car play equipment
McQueen Park is located: 1 Challenger Avenue, Flinders View Qld 4305. There are two car spots only for the whole park which indicates that there isn't a lot of people visiting the park by car. The people who were using the park were on foot. My first impression of the park was clean, organised and child / pet friendly. There were a few people walking their dogs, playing a game of cricket on the big field while there were some youngsters challenging each other in a game of half-court basketball. The boys and I were happy to just play on the play equipment which reflected mostly of a red colour along with a red car with "Dunlop and Car Racing Signs" on the equipment. Which later it clicked, yes the park's name reflects its theme of "Lightning McQueen", well at least I hope that is the case and not just a coincidence.
Picture by Brett - My two under five having a play on the equipment
The park has great facilities there is one gazebo with a picnic table, basketball court, football / soccer field, walking path, swings, slippery slides, walking bridges, kids rock climbing wall, rope net and tunnels. Enough to keep my two under five entertained for a couple of hours. There is also a water bubbler available for water. The park is fully shaded so shade sails cover the whole section of the play equipment. The downside to this park is that there aren't any BBQ facilities available and the play equipment is about 150 metres from the main roads which aren't fully fenced. You would need to be supervising and interactive with your children, not a park to let the kids play and you sit and read. We had a great time for an afternoon out and it was great to play in a quieter park with great facilities.
Picture by Brett - Football / Soccer Goal with field at McQueens Park even has a ball stop fence behind.