Families in Brisbane are spoiled for choice when it comes to endless sunny days and fabulous parks. Brisbane weather is perfect all-year round for grabbing a coffee, getting out and exploring Brisbane’s vast array of stunning parklands and playgrounds.

Of course, some parks and playgrounds are just better than others. So if you’re visiting Brisbane or thinking of moving to Brisbane, be sure to check out our compilation of the best parks and the best playgrounds in Brisbane.

The Best Parks and the Best Playgrounds in Brisbane

South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands is Brisbane’s most famous park. It’s located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River. And its 17 hectares of lush parklands with spectacular river views are a must-visit!

Riverside Green is a new addition to South Bank Parklands. It features:

  • An open lawn area.
  • An extension to the rainforest.
  • 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. It’s the first park in Brisbane with an illuminated skywalk. This makes it the perfect place for families to play day or night.

Look out for the colourful playground near Streets Beach as well. You’ll find a pink skywalk, towers, rope bridges, climbing webs, jumbo slides, rock climbing, a hamster wheel, swings and a pirate boat.

Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens

Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens are Australia’s finest sub-tropical botanic gardens. Set on 56 hectares, there’s lots for kids and families to explore. The Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail is a great activity to do with the kids. It 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. Not only is it one of the best playgrounds in Brisbane, but surrounding area also offer great walking tracks. If the kids are feeling extra active, you can walk from the gardens into Mt-Cootha forest for a hike. The Spotted Gum Trail is an easy walking track that connects the Botanic Gardens to Mt Coot-Tha Summit.

While you’re there, why not visit the Mt Coot-Tha Planetarium? It’s 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

This is the perfect place to enjoy Brisbane’s sunny outdoors. Located on the Brisbane River, New Farm Park is 37 hectares of expansive parkland. The playground has a large fort-like treehouse. It also features a massive bridge walk that winds in and out of the beautiful fig trees.

New Farm Park is perfect for kids that love climbing. The treehouse is always a hit, along with the playground’s swings, slides and merry-go-rounds. This is known as one of the best playgrounds in Brisbane among the locals. The coffee cart at the playground is always bustling and a great place to meet friends.

Roma Street Parklands

Located in Spring Hill near the CBD, Roma Street Parklands is 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. It takes them on an adventure through the park, over bridges and through the tropical forest.

Hop off the train and play in the two fun playgrounds that are a wonderland for kids. They include swings, mini flying foxes, climbing frame, slides and see-saws, rope bridges, spinning rides, climbing walls and nature play.

Brisbane South Bank photo of Wheel of Brisbane
South Bank Parklands Wheel of Brisbane

What Playgrounds sound best to you?

If one of these playgrounds sounds best to you, you might love the local area as well. Check out the local suburb profiles for more information. And reach out if you’d like to chat. As buyer’s agent in Brisbane we can help you find the right suburb for your family (with the best playgrounds!).