Where is it: King Edward Parade, Ipswich
Why we love it: A really fun park with all the features, and nestled in a nice and relaxed spot by the Bremmer River!
Tell me more: With the summer heat already hitting us, it's great to know that the local councils have got us covered when it comes to providing places to cool down! There are some great water-play parks and playgrounds around the area, and a number of these are zero-depth so they are great for the littlest of our explorers, but still heaps of refreshing fun for the bigger guys! Bob Gamble Park at the Riverheart Parklands is one of the better ones - a superbly laid out playground which incorporates both wet and dry playgrounds and plenty of shady spots for parents to sit, relax and supervise! There a two different water-play areas, one is completely shaded and has a number of concrete channels with little locks so that the kids can direct the flow of water on their own! It's surprising how fun this can be!
The other wet area is covered in soft fall foam and is covered in intermittent spray systems so you never know where the water will be coming from, again this one is heaps of fun and the soft fall floor is a little less stressful for us parents! Both areas get a really good work out from our little kids and they all give it a big thumbs up!
Even without the water features, this would be a really impressive park with all the features of a modern park - plenty of climbing areas, swings, sand pit, slides, a flying fox, lawn areas, picnic tables (shaded), barbeques and a river-side boardwalk! But wait, there's more! Venture into the forest and you will find two fort-style playgrounds hidden away in there! If you have some little park aficionados in your family, we are sure that even the fussiest would be impressed by Bob Gamble Park!
Amenities: Excellent! A really well thought out park with great facilities! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Both on and off street parking, but expect it to be popular in summer! 👍👍👍
Access: On the banks of the Bremmer River so expect some ramps. Well connected with concrete paths. 👍👍👍
Best for: The under 10s will absolutely love this park! Most likely the over 10s will as well! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: This park really ticks all the boxes, great wet and dry playgrounds, heaps of well-maintained facilities and in a beautiful shady location! One of the best around! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Make sure that you've got plenty of time up you sleeve so that you can make the most of your visit!
Where is it: Corner Upper Kedron Road and Samford Road, Ferny Grove
Why we love it: The perfect way for the kids to keep cool!
Tell me more: We are very lucky here in Brisbane to have some fantastic, free water play areas within our public parks! There are a few scattered through the suburbs and we’ve just checked out the newest addition, in the north-west suburb of Ferny Grove!
This water play area opened just in time for the Christmas holidays in 2018 – perfect timing for the kids to keep cool in the summer heat. Typical of most of the public water parks, this is zero-depth play area (a little less stressful for parents) and relies on 24 ground water-sprayers, a giant dumping bucket, water cannons and misting tunnels to make sure that everyone gets nice and wet! Shade sails cover the area and a new playground, barbeque tables and turfed seating areas round out this little park that’s fun for the whole family! Open from 8am to 5pm daily!
Amenities: A limited number of facilities but typical of most parks – barbeques and shaded tables, toilets and drinking water are all available! 👍👍👍
Cost: Completely free! 👍👍👍👍👍
Parking: A small carpark on site and roadside parking available! 👍👍👍
Best for: Anyone who need to keep cool, but really well suited for primary school age and younger kids! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: Although this is a small water park and playground, it’s perfectly suited for the smaller kids and fantastic for the summer months – lots of shade and seating areas! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: On Friday afternoons you can usually find a wood-fired pizza van on site!
Where is it: 5 Counihan Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Why we love it: So much more than your average suburban park, Rocks Riverside has something for everyone!
Tell me more: This is a really nice, shady and relaxing park adjacent to the southern bank of the Brisbane River, just near the Centenary Highway bridge, about 25 minutes' drive from the CBD. There is plenty of grassy parkland for a run around, lots shady trees for a picnic or barbeque, a beautiful riverside promenade and it even has free wi-fi! But the kids will be most interested in the playground features, and this park does not disappoint in this regard either! There is your typical, traditional playground set - great for the little guys with climbing and slides; there is also climbing net, fort and flying fox which is better suited for those kids with a bit more confidence, but best of all (particularly in the warmer months), there is a really cool and shaded water play area for the little guys to have a splash in! So much fun and it's well worth a visit!
Amenities: Recently rebuilt, this park has really great amenities! 👍👍👍
Parking: Looks to be plenty of parking but as with all of our water-play parks - expect it to be busy in during the warmer days! 👍👍👍
Access: The park is well laid out and easy to get around! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: This is a great summer visit park! Fun for everyone! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: A great park and perfect for a visit at any time! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Don't forget your togs - the kids will have a hard time resisting the water play area!
Where is it: 154 Southern Cross Circuit‚ Springfield
Why we love it: It's the complete parkland experience! A great mix of lawns, paths, playgrounds and water will make sure that you satisfy everyone's needs!
Tell me more: Robelle Domain is a parkland that is right up there with Southbank, Roma Street Parklands, and New Farm Park as being some of the best parks in the area, and I'm sure more than a few people would argue that it's the best! It's not hard to see why either, as there is so much to do here, from a picnic or a quiet stroll along the kilometres of pathways, or getting into the action at the water-play park, playground, grab a coffee at one of the cafés or pack your swimmers for Orion Lagoon! The water-play area is really fun, with soft-fall floor, lots of sprinklers and a giant dumping bucket! Orion Lagoon is a huge (and free!) public pool area, complete with lifeguards and a great little area for the little guys - it would be worth visiting just for the lagoon, but the playgrounds and park areas are hard to ignore! We've been along to Robelle Domain a number of times and we always have a great time - there's just so much to do! Probably the only downside to this park is that it is so popular so you will need to get in early if you want to secure yourself a picnic spot!
Amenities: Full amenities and there's even a café! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Enough parking, but it is very popular! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to access, however it is a large park! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Everyone! 👍👍👍👍👍
Summary: Certainly one of the best parks in Brisbane! If you are looking for a park that ticks all the boxes, this one does just that! 👍👍👍👍👍
Hints: Get in early to avoid the crowds - it is very popular!
Robelle Domain Waterpark
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