Plenty of playgrounds, bouncy floors and no angry birds
Do the kids have an overload of energy? Are you in need of sunlight to recharge your vitamin D supplies? Or just feel like lying quietly under a tree? Queens Park Ipswich is the place for you. Located just outside the Ipswich CBD, about thirty minutes drive from Brisbane, this quiet, leafy park will entertain everyone. Whether you're looking for somewhere to spend a few hours, or wanting to make a day of it, Queens Park has what you need.
This park is overflowing with play equipment for the kids, with something to suit all age groups. The jungle gym style playground, with small slippery slides and a wobbly bridge, plus the drums and model train are all perfect for the little ones. The older and more adventurous will find plenty of things to climb on, swing from, spin on and jump off. The highlight for most kids will be the giant slippery slides and the flying fox. Several children are often lined up waiting for a turn on these. This means your children will learn the important life lessons of sharing and turn taking, all while having fun and getting some fresh air.
The play equipment is separated into different areas, which means your toddler wont get knocked over by an enthusiastic ten year old. You can also rest slightly easier about your kids getting sunburnt, as most of the playgrounds are shaded. The floor of most of the play areas is rubbery, which means no annoying sand or bark in your shoes. Plus the kids will bounce right back up if they fall over.
Many amenities can be found near the playgrounds. There are toilets with basic baby changing facilities, and several barbecues which are always clean, as well as some picnic tables. The grounds also have ample green lawns with shady spots for you to have a picnic, or a lie down. And unlike many other parks, Queens Park isn't host to swarms of aggressive birds who swoop down ready to eat your lunch as soon as you unfurl your picnic rug, so you can eat in peace.
If eating outdoors is not for you the park has a café where you can get lunch, a cool drink or a slice of cake. You can also grab a coffee to go if the kids have really worn you out.
But Queens Park is not just about playgrounds and picnics. This space has much more to offer. Within the grounds is a nature centre, where you can see many native Australian animals, as well as some farmyard favourites. There is also a Japanese garden, a bush chapel and a lookout. So come for the day, or just for a little while. Whatever you decide, Queens Park will not disappoint.