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Mowbray Park

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by Anthony Carrick (subscribe)
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Published October 10th 2016
A great day out by the river with plenty to see and do
Mowbray Park is a lovely park situated next to the river in the suburb of East Brisbane next to Woolloongabba. Historically, Mowbray Park housed public swimming baths, and is now a popular park for barbecues and playing in. The attached City Cat terminal is of course a great way to get to and from the park.

The City Cat terminal at Mowbray Park
The City Cat terminal at Mowbray Park

The park is quite expansive, I'm often surprised at how large it is. By the river and ferry terminal are a few electric barbecues and picnic tables, nearby is an adventure playground home to Scruffy The Boat - which is now also an Ingress Portal/Pokestop.

People having a barbecue in Mowbray Park
People having a barbecue in Mowbray Park

Scruffy The Boat playground equipment
Scruffy The Boat playground equipment and Ingress Portal/Pokestop

I like the thought that's gone into the design of the playground here - it's boat themed and educational with alphabet and number toys, plus climbing apparatus, slides and swings of course.

Adventure playground at Mowbray Park
The nautical themed playground is always quite popular.

Heading further east and up the hill you'll find some nice pathways flanked by palm trees and a war memorial (and a couple more Portals/Pokestops, in case you actually came just for that!)

The war memorial at Mowbray Park
The war memorial at Mowbray Park - it seems to be lit up at night too.

There is more seating spread throughout the park and a few open spaces to run around and maybe play a ball game.

Some open space surrounded by trees in Mowbray Park
Some open space surrounded by trees in Mowbray Park

The views of the river are always relaxing; and with the ferry terminal and public dock there's often interesting boats to see around the area.

A cruise boat docked at Mowbray Park
A cruise boat docked at Mowbray Park

If you haven't packed a picnic, across the road are plenty of casual restaurants to suit all tastes and occasions. Piccolo Pizza does gourmet takeaway pizza - I found their flavours to be adventurous and unexpected taking inspiration from around the world. For the stir-fry lovers, Shun Noodle Bar does Chinese noodle stir-fries with the usual meats and vegetables. They also have rice dishes and noodle soups such as Malaysian Laksa and Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup. Shun Noodle Bar also offers a combo deal for $6.5 extra for a side dish and softdrink.

Fish 53 (so named for its street address) of course is a fish and chip shop with all the typical items in value for money sizes. They too have combo deals such as burger, chips and drink for around $10 - $12. I haven't yet been to Sushi Kotobuki or the latest additions Mr Fitz Ice Cream or Doughnut Time, though I keep hearing good things about them. Of course, plenty of people take their purchases back across the road to enjoy in the park anyway!

Some of the food options on Lytton Road
Plenty of places to eat at Lytton Road

If none of the nearby food outlets take your fancy, up the road is a village square with an IGA Supermarket and a number of fancier restaurants and the Shafston Hotel.

Mowbray Park is well serviced with public toilets and free car parking on-site, and City Cats every 15 minutes during the day.
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Why? Relax and enjoy nature, maybe have a picnic too!
Where: 60 Lytton Road, East Brisbane
Cost: Free! Nearby food between $10 - $20
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