A rare gem hidden smack bang amidst a string of residential streets, Turquoise Place Park is a well-kept local secret for off-leash exploration with your furry best friend. With such a pretty name, it enticed me into paying a visit despite there being no information that I could find online, bar its address. Turquoise Place Park is located in Wavell Heights, a suburb just 9 kilometres north of Brisbane's CBD, which was named after Field Marshal Lord Wavell, the Commander-In-Chief of the Allied Forces in the Middle East during the Second World War.
Art work at the entrance of Turquoise Place Park.
Dog off-leash area
Turquoise Place Park has an off-leash area for dogs to have a romp in, with plenty of agility equipment. There is plenty to sniff and explore, with the added bonus of being able to do it all off-leash!
Big enough for dogs of all sizes to have an off-leash romp.
Unlike regular dog parks who have a fenced off area specifically for dogs to run off-leash, here at Turquoise Place Park, the off-leash area is only partially fenced off. In place of fences are markers that indicate the boundaries of the off-leash area - please do take note of these and adhere to the rules, so that dog owners and their pooches can continue using this area as an off-leash exploration patch for years to come. It's also, of course, for the safety of others as well as your dog. As with other unfenced off-leash areas, I would be hesitant to let my dog roam off-leash if they do not respond to you calling their name - it's nearly impossible to catch after a dog running with a goal in sight!
For those with little ones (or for those who are just big kids at heart), follow the walking track (to your left if you are facing the direction of the road) from the dog off-leash area for approximately 3 minutes, and you will find this little playground area with all the necessities, including my all-time favourite swings! There's a shady gazebo for the parents/guardians who would prefer to sit out and watch rather than join in - but where's the fun in that?
By following this shared pathway (Downfall Creek Bikeway), you can walk all the way to Virginia Train Station, or even Chermside shops - yes, it's that close! Unfortunately, we were short on time on that day; we stopped by the park just so Eddy could have a little run to burn up some of his never-ending energy. However, even our short stroll took us over beautiful bridges overlooking a little creek, with paths flanked by lush trees, and littered with beautifully coloured flowers. It was a lovely sight, to say the least - I just couldn't believe we were just a 30 minute walk (2.8km) away from Chermside Westfield, the largest shopping centre in Brisbane.
There are many spots that would make the perfect place for a picnic, with expansive grassy areas throughout the park. For the fitness enthusiasts, Turquoise Place Park also has fitness circuits scattered around it's walking tracks (called a fitness trail); keep following the track to discover more! Finally, while you're at it, keep your eyes peeled for street art / graffiti; you'll never know where they might be lurking!