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Published May 21st 2017
Top 5 kids playgrounds in Ipswich
Looking for something to do with the kids that won't cost you an arm and leg? How about something free? Ipswich is home to some of the best playgrounds in South East Queensland with first class facilities like water parks, modern playground equipment, skate parks, fitness circuits, sports fields, Australian wildlife and much more.
The fantastic parks in Ipswich are numerous but here are just 5 to get you started:
Robelle Domain is spread out over 24 hectares and contains a water park, cafes, cycling tracks, walking tracks, playgrounds and a swimming lagoon. The water park includes a zero depth play area with 700 litre tipping bucket and jet sprays and the lagoon contains a variety of swimming pools with varying depths up to 1.5 m whilst the other end provides shallow streams with stepping stones ideal for toddlers. The lagoon is supervised by lifeguards between certain hours of the day.
Around the parklands are BBQs, sheltered picnic benches and large grassy areas perfect for pitching your own shelter for the day. There are also toilets, showers and lockers. Food and drink are available to purchase within the park lands or at the nearby shops at Orion Springfield. The park lands have various places for parking and are also wheelchair accessible.
Ripley's Splash'n'Play Harmony Crescent, South Ripley
Ripley's water park Splash"n'Play includes a water park and playground area. The water park has shallow streams, water sprayers and an aqua arch whilst the playground includes swings, seesaw and a fort 7 metres off the ground with various giant slides, climbing ropes, ladders as well as a flying fox.
Families can make use of the multiple BBQs and sheltered picnic tables or purchase food and drinks at the parks funky café. Other park amenities include parking as well as a toilet and shower block.
Queens Park has a variety of a free activities such as a kids playground, a Japanese garden, Ipswich Nature Centre, environmental education centre, café and beautiful leafy gardens for a picnic.
The Ipswich Nature Centre zoo has animals such as kangaroos, wombats, goats, lizards, snakes, birds and emus. The mini zoo is open 6 days a week Tuesday to Sunday and, while admission is free, a gold coin donation is appreciated.
Playground equipment includes train, small water play area, slides, multiple swings, including a liberty swing, climbing wall, and one of the biggest flying foxes in the region. The park is wheelchair accessible and also includes sheltered picnic tables, BBQs and toilets.
The Bob Gamble Park water play areas contain several water troughs which feed water into the maze of shallow streams and numerous spouts shooting water. The park also has ultra modern play equipment including a 25 metre flying fox, a huge climbing frame with massive slide, sand diggers, swings and a swing log for multiple kids to enjoy at once.
Sutton Park is a fantastic family park for kids of all ages. There are many different facilities at this park including a miniature roadway, complete with traffic lights, stop signs, roundabouts and pedestrian crossing; several kilometres of bike paths; a partially shaded modern playground with swings, see saws, a flying fox, monkey bars, and fort complete with slide.
For the teenagers there is a good sized skate bowl, basketball court as well as multiple open spaces to kick around a ball. The park even contains a brand new Cross Fit facility – the first of its kind in Australia.