Balmoral park playground is tucked away in a secluded and forested slope, well away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding inner suburbs. While it might be a smaller playground, the natural elements and clever design will provide loads of fun for preschool and primary school aged kids. Pack a drink bottle and some snacks and enjoy this tranquil bush escape.
Balmoral Park Playground – a hidden haven
This South Brisbane playground is set on the slope of a hill in amongst mature trees and it fits harmoniously into this landscape. There are swings (including a joey swing for an adult and toddler to swing together), a bridge between the levels of the playground, see saw, obstacles, cargo net and a ranger station play fort with a climbing wall and double slide.
Your kids will love the rolling log here — that is surprisingly challenging – especially as it’s situated between similar looking fixed logs. There is also a rocker, interactive panels, sound tubes and tunnel elements here to keep even the youngest children entertained.
Balmoral playground embraces its natural setting and is themed as a ranger station. There are beautiful murals of native Australian birds here and many of them can also be seen and heard in the surrounding trees adding to the atmosphere of this park.
Brisbane Kids might enjoy staging their own animal rescues, or racing in and out of the Ranger Station on a variety of adventures. The layout can also be used almost like a ninja course, with a very linear string of features from the stepping logs near the swings, across the bridge, logs, cargo net and other obstacles to the Ranger Station and down the slides for a big finish.
There is parking available along Jean Howie Drive and near the playground in front of the Norman Park Kindy and Meals on Wheels building (note it could get busy here at kindy pick up and drop off times during school terms). There is a toilet block located near the corner of Bennetts Road and Jean Howie Drive which is a few hundred metres (down the stairs and across a cricket oval, or down the road) from the playground.
This playground is on a wood chip base and is set over 2 levels on the slope of a hill and is not designed with physical accessibility in mind. This playground is unfenced but it is fairly compact and situated away from major roads. Shade is provided by mature trees and there is a roof over the main fort structure. The swings are located over soft fall but the rest of the playground is on wood chips, with sandstone blocks used as retaining walls, design features and seating.
Balmoral Park Features
- Toilets nearby (about 100 metres away)
- Belt swing
- Joey swing (tandem swing with a toddler seat and a flat seat)
- See Saw
- 2 levels
- Balancing logs
- Stepping logs
- Rolling log
- Cargo net
- Mural art panels
- Interactive activity panels
- Timber fort
- Climbing net
- Pommel traverse
- Cargo net climb
- Rock wall
- Talk tube
- Shop front
- Several seating benches
- Soft fall and wood chip base
How to get here
Balmoral park playground is on Jean Howie Drive, Morningside.