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by Michelle MacFarlane (subscribe)
Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at and
Published January 16th 2012
We were visiting friends in Bardon the other day and wanted to stretch our legs and get kids and dogs out of the house. So we took a quick walk to Rainworth Park.

This park is bounded by Haining Street on one side and Boundary Road on the other. We approached it from the Boundary Road side and then walked down a steep flight of stairs and along a narrow path (next to Rainworth State School) before cutting across what was obviously a well-used grassy track to reach the park.

I tell you this only because my sons (aged 8 and 10) loved the novelty value of the steps and the path and thought they were a lot more fun than just pulling up in the car on the Haining Street side.

The park itself has some big grassy areas with trees, a shelter shed with a barbecue, and two small playgrounds.

One playground has swings, seesaws and rockers, and the other has a slippery slide, monkey bars, and a cubby house. Both have shadecloth and the park seemed to be reasonably shaded throughout.

Both playgrounds are very much for pre-schoolers, with nothing to challenge an older child. But the open areas of the park were good for a run and to kick a ball, and there was plenty of room to walk our dogs (though no off-leash area).

As I said, we were just there for a quick leg-stretch, and the park was good for that. It also looked like a nice place for a playgroup get-together, a younger kids' birthday party, or just a quick break from the four walls of home if you have a young child and you're getting cabin fever.
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Why? For a pleasant park best for under 5s
When: Any time
Where: Haining Street, Bardon
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Michelle,
Thanks for a great write-up. I was a Bardon local and used this playground frequently with my under 2s. It has recently been completely redone. There is more play equipment and might be suitable for older children now. Cheers, Miranda
by miran (score: 0|2) 1376 days ago
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