An expat kiwi with a young family, living in and discovering everything Brisbane has to offer.
Published May 15th 2013
Sun and Fun for everyone
River Heart Parklands are located by the Bremer River in Ipswich. A new park to the area, it caters to a wide range of age groups.
I visited this park recently with my family on a warm Autumn day and was impressed with all it had to offer. An internet search had revealed that the park included zero depth water play so we came equipped with towels and swimmers and they definitely came in handy.
The park is built into the hillside and is over a few levels, it is not fenced and is near the road but I found it far enough away from the traffic that I didn't need to worry about an escaping toddler playing chicken with passing cars. There are also a lot of stairs and ramps that would slow down any speedy escape artists. The attractions at the park should hold their attention anyway.
Nicely landscaped and clean you will find a flying fox and swings here, there is a big spider web climbing frame that leads up to one of the steepest slides I have ever seen. This slide is definitely for the bigger kids, luckily the smaller ones won't be able to climb up to get to it.
The water play is split into two levels, the lower level more for older kids with fountains and water cascading over tiered falls and the upper part is made up of a series of streams with water flowing through them. The streams flow between concrete platforms all made up of different levels, making them great as stepping stones.
BBQs are available for use next to covered seating areas, although there weren't too many available. I assume you would have to get down there very early on a weekend day to secure your spot.
This brings me to one of the few negatives of the park. This park is severely lacking in shade, there doesn't even appear to be the potential for more shade in the future. Given that the park is in Ipswich I can imagine that in the heat of summer the ground and the equipment would become very hot. There are shade sails over parts of the play areas but in my opinion it could have been extended a lot more.
In regards to seating options, there are plenty of ledges to sit on around the place, we took a couple of camping chairs which I would recommend, it meant we were more comfortable and were also able to sit closer to where the kids were playing.
Away from the main play area there is a grassed area suitable if you are planning to set up for the day with your picnic blanket and lunch, this is near 'Discovery Forest', an area set amongst the trees incorporating forts, a bridge, wooden totems and balance beams.
Parking is free and available along King Edward Parade or in the car-park just off of it. The main road parking is all shaded under trees so you get the bonus of coming back to a cool car at the end of your day.
River Heart Parklands is another example of a great new park for Ipswich and for the residents of surrounding Brisbane areas to visit.
I recommend visiting in Autumn or Spring, come prepared and you can really enjoy a great day out here.