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Rocks Riverside Park

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan
Published February 19th 2017
Park your family near the Brisbane River
As I was driving through Jindalee, I saw a sign to a park that I had not heard about. Not surprising as I live some 70 kms away and I was just "passing through". So I turned off the motorway and followed the signs to a wonderful park on the Brisbane River.

It is huge some 26 hectares right on the river, with a wide range of facilities for people who want to picnic, play sports, walk, ride and more.

Rocks Riverside Park, Jindalee, Brisbane River
Brisbane River

There was a cement works there, but the area has a much more fascinating history. In the early 1900's it was a farm producing sugar cane, oats, barley and corn. Between the 1940's and 1960's tomatoes, capsicum, beet and peanuts were grown there. Read more here in Wikipedia.

Brisbane Cement, Jindalee, Brisbane River,
Relics from Cement Works

Around the mid 1900's, the Queensland Cement and Lime Company set up operations there using dead coral which was harvested from Moreton Bay, to make the cement. It closed in 1999, and around that time the Brisbane City Council decided to develop a park, and so the Rocks Riverside Park was created.

Cement Works, River Rocks Park, Jindalee, History

Judging by the crowds that were on the site, it is popular with people walking, taking their dogs for a walk, playing cricket, and enjoying the picnic areas and children's playground area, where there is a great waterpark.

Brisbane River, Jindalee, parks
Another View of the River

There was little action on the Brisbane River, but it is a popular spot for boating and occasional ferry. However, the area that I loved is where the Queensland Cement and Lime Company operated, as old pieces of machinery have been made into works of art, surrounded by wonderful, albeit rather small gardens.

There were some wonderful plants, with magnolia in bud and gardenia flowering and the scent wafting around the area.

magnolia, gardenia, parks, Brisbane Rivers, Rocks
Bamboo, Magnolia and Gardenia

There are toilets, covered picnic areas, BBQs, water fountains and so much more to see and do in the area.

playground, children, parks, Brisbane River

The park has won several awards, details of which are on the Wikipedia website.

BBQ, picnic, park, Jindalee,
BBQ Area

There is free Wifi there, and community gardens in the area. Also a kiosk is open for snacks and drinks.

parks, gardens, Brisbane, Rocks River, Jindalee
Gardens at the Park

It looks well worth a visit, and I hope to visit again, perhaps taking my e-bike with me next time.
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Why? Visit wonderful park on Brisbane River
When: Daily 7 am to 7 pm
Phone: (07) 3403 8888 for event bookings
Where: Jindalee
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Rocks Riverside is an extremely popular park, Di - especially for kiddies parties! I also seem to remember they have a few events there too.
by Elaine (score: 3|8195) 1576 days ago
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