Families in Brisbane are spoilt for choice when it comes to endless sunny days and fabulous parks. Brisbane weather is perfect all-year round for bundling up the kids, grabbing a coffee and getting out and exploring Brisbane’s vast array of stunning parklands. If you’re visiting Brisbane or thinking of moving to Brisbane be sure to check out my Top 4 best known parks.
South Bank Parklands
Brisbane’s most famous park, located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands with spectacular river views and a must-visit! Riverside Green is a new addition to South Bank Parklands and features an open lawn area, an extension to the rainforest and a large, shady pavilion with BBQs, sunken seating, hanging plants, and an Aboriginal artist-created water channel sculpture.
The Riverside Green Playground has had an upgrade and is the first park in Brisbane with an illuminated skywalk, making it the perfect place for families to play day or night. Look out for the colourful playground near the Beach for all the fun including a pink skywalk, towers, rope bridges, climbing webs, jumbo slides, rock climbing, a hamster wheel, swings and even a pirate boat.
Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens
Australia’s finest sub-tropical botanic gardens. Set on 56 hectares there is lots for kids and families to explore here. The Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail is a great activity to do with the kids and will have them going on an exciting scavenger hunt adventure through the exotic rainforest.
Not to be missed is the Kuta Kids Playground – a nature themed playground that has climbing frames, swings, slides and stepping-stones. If the kids are feeling extra-active you can walk from the Gardens into Mt-Cootha forest for a short hike. The Spotted Gum Trail is an easy walking track that connects the Botanic Gardens to Mt Coot-Tha Summit and a great walk to do as a family. While you’re there the Mt Coot-Tha Planetarium is an awesome place for kids to discover more about the universe and astronomy. Be sure to pre-book a spot at one of the entertaining and informative Planetarium Shows for kids.
New Farm Park
The perfect place to enjoy Brisbane’s sunny outdoors. Located on Brisbane River, New Farm Park is 37 hectares of expansive parkland. The playground has a large fort-like tree-house with a massive bridge walk that winds in and out of the beautiful fig trees that are famous to the area. Perfect for kids that love climbing the tree-house is always a hit along with the playground’s swings, slides, and merry-go-rounds. The coffee cart at the playground is always bustling and a great place to meet your friends.
Roma Street Parklands
Located in Spring Hill nearby to Brisbane’s CBD, Roma Street Parklands is a city-oasis of 16 hectares of rolling lawns, lakes, playgrounds and beautiful and exotic trees and plants. Kids will love jumping on board the charming Parkland Explorer train to go on an adventure through the park, over bridges and through the tropical forest. They can hop off the train and play in the two fun playgrounds that are a wonderland for kids with swings, mini flying foxes, climbing frame, slides and see-saws, rope bridges, spinning rides, climbing walls and nature play.