Our team at Brisbane Kids have put together what we think are the best parks in Ipswich for kids. Only a short drive west of Brisbane, Ipswich has an abundance of epic playgrounds and parks for kids to play in.
Not content with just your run-of-the-mill park with a few slides and a swing, this list of Ipswich parks for kids includes some pretty incredible structures, areas for imaginative play, and giant slides and climbing towers that even the adults will want to conquer. What are you waiting for? Grab your kids, pack a picnic, and check out some of the best parks in Ipswich for kids today!
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The Best Playgrounds and Parks in Ipswich
Bumble Bee Park
As the name suggests, this is a bumble bee themed playground, with bright yellow colours alluring passers-by to come and play.
A yellow, spherical climbing net structure catches your eye as you arrive and is a great representation of a busy hive waiting to be explored by curious climbers.
The multi-level fort has plenty to entertain eager explorers. Rope climbing nets guide children to an elevated tunnel on the highest level which connects the two forts. Large yellow slides are located at each end of the fort and are a fast way to make it back down to ground level.
Younger Brisbane Kids will be kept occupied with the two separate play structures built at ground level, which includes musical elements and interactive game panels.
Best playground features: Multi-level fort, spherical climbing net, slides, swings, Braille message, basketball half-court and picnic tables. NO toilets.
Location: Sable Street, Ripley
Read a detailed review of Bumble Bee Park.
Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve
Conveniently located just minutes from Ipswich town centre Denmark Hill Conservation Centre is a bushland oasis filled with family-friendly bushwalking trails, a nature-based playground and picnic facilities.
Set among the trees is a delightful wooden playground consisting of a climbing net, birds nest swing, balance beam and an obstacle course made from ropes and stepping logs.
Additionally, an eye-catching totem pole installation aims to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and highlights the cultural significance of the area.
The Denmark Hill Conservation Park also participates in the Ipswich Libraries Tales and Trails program which offers a self-guided reading experience with large, metal, story book pages posted along local walking trails which includes braille for added inclusivity.
Best playground features: Nature playground, swings, rope obstacle course, totem pole installation, bushwalking trails, picnic tables, BBQ’s and accessible toilets.
Location: 20 Chelmsford Avenue, Ipswich
Read a detailed review of Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve.
Faye Carr Park
Wow, playgrounds and parks for us feature multiple play spaces that all kids can enjoy, particularly areas that encourage imaginative play. Faye Carr Park in Ripley ticks all the boxes and deserves a spot on this list of the best parks in Ipswich for kids.
If your kids are into space and rockets (and even if they are not) then they will absolutely adore the big, bright and detailed triple rocket pods that are the main feature of this playground. Each differently sized pod is home to sensory delights, including cogs, steering equipment and rainbow spinning wheels and are all connected via a bridge. The exterior is just as fun, with multiple ladders, slides, staircases and fireman poles providing a variety of entry and exit options for young rocketeers.
Just alongside the rockets is a dedicated toddler-sized playground. With a sweet snakes and ladders theme, the play areas are all set low to the ground, allowing for easy independent play.
As well as these incredible spaces, Faye Carr Park has a basketball court and sporting field for older kids and a learn-to-ride track. Make sure you pack in the bikes and trikes for a visit here!
Best playground features: Rocket ship imaginative play, toddler-sized playground, kick around space, basketball court, learn to ride track, adaptive swing, rugby/soccer field.
Location: 1 Joy Chambers Circuit, Ripley
Read a detailed review of Faye Carr Park here.
Suburb: Springfield Lakes
Grande Park in Springfield Lakes is the last one to make our list and it does so because of its huge variety of play areas and its incredible bike track! Kids love nothing more than burning around on their bikes, trikes and scooters and feeling like it is the real deal thanks to the various road signs, street lights and markings. A great lesson in road safety – this is a brilliant park to take the kids who are learning to ride for the first time.
This is not the only thing to love about Grande Park, though. The fully fenced playground here features both a smaller playground for toddlers and a larger one for older kids keen for a little more adventure. In the centre of the playground is a tandem slide set into the side of an artificial mountain, providing a great opportunity for shared and competitive play. There are also climbing nets, a rock climbing wall and a unique spinning structure to engage children of all interests.
But wait…there’s more! For the sports-mad amongst us, the park has a joint netball, tennis and basketball court, and two full-sized tennis courts! There are also some lovely recreational pathways leading from the picnic shelters, through the Eucalyptus forest and down to a small creek, a treat for mini bushwalkers.
Best playgrounds features: Learn to ride track with street signs, lights and road markings, toddler playground, climbing nets, artificial mountain with tandem slides, rock climbing wall, spinner, joint netball, basketball and soccer court, two tennis courts, forest walkways, picnic shelters.
Location: 40 Grande Avenue, Springfield Lakes
Read a detailed review of Grande Park here.
Orion Mega Playground
Suburb: Springfield Central
With a title like ‘mega playground’ comes many expectations, and the Orion Mega Playground in Springfield Central delivers in bucketloads. Not your usual playground location, but one that is brilliantly placed, this multi-level wow playground can be found within the grounds of Orion Springfield Shopping Centre.
Everyone is catered for here. For those older kids looking for a challenge – a vibrant activity centre in the playground reaches a hair-raising 11 metres above the ground. The tower can be summited via a series of internal ladders or by an incredible 16 metre long Sky Walk bridge giving children a birds-eye view over the expansive outdoor playground below.
There is also a smaller, shaded toddler playground, swing sets, climbing frame and cognitive play hut found on the ground level that younger kids can enjoy. We love that Orion Mega Playground also features a wheelchair-friendly merry-go-round, which aims to increase participation opportunities for children of all abilities..
Best playground features: Mega playground with multiple play experiences, large suspended climbing structures, multi-level slides, bench seating around the playground, enclosed slides, three bay swing set, climbing frames, cognitive play hut, rubber base, located outside a shopping centre.
Location: 1 Main Street, Springfield Central.
Read a detailed review of Orion Mega Playground here.
Suburb: Ipswich City
If you are looking for the best playground in Ipswich for kids, then, in our opinion, you really cannot go past Queens Park. The first park to be developed in Queensland, the creators of old did a brilliant job of designing a play space and surrounding parkland that would last the test of time.
There is something for everyone at Queens Park, with a playground featuring inclusive swings, a flying fox, playing forts, an intricate water pump, and stream as just some of its fun. Consider packing a picnic to enjoy on one of the many large, tree-filled green spaces surrounding the park.
A trip to Queens Park would not be complete without a visit to the Ipswich Nature Centre and Environmental Education Centre which are also located on the grounds. The Nature Centre is free, requesting just a small gold coin donation if possible; impressively large and filled with an array of animals and wildlife to engage with. The Environmental Education Centre has many environmental education exhibits and interactive displays that showcase Ipswich’s unique natural environment.
Best playground features: Water pumps and water play, rope hammock, flying fox, slides, large green space, swings, playing forts, fixed model train, liberty swing, Nature Centre, cafe, Environmental Education Centre, BBQs, shaded seating.
Location: 10A Milford Street, Ipswich City
Read a detailed review of Queens Park here.
Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve
Suburb: Redbank Plains
Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve is a firm favourite among locals to gather, play, socialise and relax. A sky-high 9m activity tower features cargo netting, platforms, ladders, and a super speedy tunnel slide or a twisty tube slide to return children to ground level.
A super cool, 20m long high ropes style course will test the balance, strength and coordination of big climbers, while the mini climbers can enjoy the course with the help of a guiding adult hand.
Adjacent to this is a brightly coloured, platform-style playground designed with your littlest family members in mind with easy-to-access platforms, ground level educational activities, gentle slides and cute pretend play environments.
Additionally, there is a giant, rotating nest swing, spinners, a skate park, plenty of grassy areas and bike paths to entertain Brisbane families.
Best playground features: Activity tower, mega slides, swings, seesaws, bouncers, high ropes obstacle course, inclusive carousel, musical instruments, skate park, bike paths, BBQ’s, picnic shelters and accessible toilets.
Location: Cedar Road, Redbank Plains
Read a detailed review of Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve.
River Heart Parklands
Suburb: Ipswich City
So, where do we start here? Do we tell you about the incredible zero-depth splash zone where kids can cool down in a safe space? Or discuss the discovery forest, complete with balancing logs and tree stumps that provide kids a perfect nature play opportunity? Or maybe we tell you about the Bob Gamble section of River heart playground, which boasts 3 sandpit areas, water-play activities with 4 large water pumps for children to experiment with, swings, a flying fox, a large climbing frame with a slide and lots of smaller points of interest!
The simple fact is, this is one of the best parks in Ipswich for kids because it is a full day of adventure for them, involves water and nature play and a fun playground to keep them active on too. There is plenty of shaded seating and walking/bike paths as well as imaginative play opportunities (cubby houses, forts and even a sunken wooden rowboat) for kids to explore.
Best playground features: Discovery forest, cubby houses/forts, wooden rowboat, large grassed area for ball games, large cargo netting climbing structure, sandpit with diggers, flying foxes, log swing, zero-depth splash zone, water play with water pumps, troughs, water wheel, and gates, BBQs, sheltered table and chairs.
Location: King Edward Parade, Ipswich City
Read a detailed review of River Heart Parklands here.
An absolute power park that packs some serious punch, we cannot list the best parks in Ipswich for kids and not include Robelle Domain on our list! Set on 24 hectares, the park includes an interactive playground, water play area, and more than 11km of boardwalks, sporting fields, walking tracks, and playgrounds for Brisbane Kids to enjoy.
The water fun area is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day and features tipping buckets and jet sprays. The domain also has lovely shaded picnic spots, art features, treetop walks, beautiful gardens, a lake and waterfalls. Parents seeking coffee will be pleased to see a cafe right in the middle of the playground.
Best playgrounds features: Slides, swings, interactive playground, nightly light show, water play area, boardwalks, sporting fields, BBQ’s, picnic shelters and accessible toilets.
Location: Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield Central
Read a detailed review of Robelle Domain here.
Suburb: Bellbird Park
Keen climbers will be excited by the supersized adventure play equipment at Rotary Park. To get to the top, kids can clamber up the sloped walkway, or climb the vertical rope tunnel. After taking in the stunning views over the treetops children can zoom back to the playground below via the enormous slide.
A large rope climbing dome can provide further climbing opportunities for those keen to scale to great heights.
Rotary Park also offers play equipment suited to younger Brisbane Kids, with a giraffe climbing frame and swings for all ages. The play table with stools also caters to sand play and other role-playing games.
Surrounded by nature, this playground is perfect for playing, relaxing and enjoying time in the great outdoors.
Best playground features: Climbing structures, nets, slides, swings, bike and walking paths. NO toilets.
Location: Columbia Drive in Brentwood Forest, Bellbird Park
Read a detailed review of Rotary Park.
Splash and Play Adventure Park
Suburb: South Ripley
The rapidly expanding region of the Ripley Valley is home to several state-of-the-art playgrounds and the Splash ‘n’ Play Adventure Park is a jewel in the crown. The City of Ipswich are building structures that support creative play areas in the warmer months, too and playgrounds combined with water play spaces are a real winner in our eyes.
The manicured parklands here are stunning, and the play areas are equally inviting. Kids will love the 7.5 metre tower with sky cabins connected by suspended rope bridges. A large, twisting slide spirals down from above while an equally huge climbing frame reaches up from below.
A toddler-sized play area is another drawcard, with its sweet butterfly-shaped climbing structure and smaller play equipment perfect for little people to navigate. Directly across from the playground is a mostly shaded, multi-age Splash ’n’ Play area complete with water fountains, movable wiggly sprayers, button-controlled jets and waterfall arches. This area is split into two sections, allowing smaller children to enjoy some water play away from the excitement of the larger splash zone.
Best playgrounds features: Splash ‘n’ play area, flying fox, 7.5 metre tower with suspension bridges, spiral slide, toddler play area, cafe, toilets, shaded picnic shelters, BBQ.
Location: Harmony Crescent, South Ripley
Read a detailed review of Splash and Play Adventure Park here.
It is hard not to be dazzled by the bright green, gold and blue central tower at Sunshine Park. With three levels standing at 8m tall, it beckons for you to come and play. Access to the levels is achieved by climbing through vertical tunnels, ball pommels and nets. Once at the top return to the ground via the 4.5m tunnel slide with a whoosh!
Smaller children haven’t been forgotten with a designated junior play area including a cubby-style fort. Interactive elements decorate the walls of the space and also includes a small slide.
And for those who brought their wheels, have fun whizzing around the pump track, seeing how fast you can go – will you make it the whole way without pedalling?
Families wishing to expel some energy can take advantage of a basketball half-court, handball court and generous kick-about area.
Best playground features: Forts, slides, climbing net, swings, accessible carousel, pump track, handball court, basketball half-court, picnic tables. NO toilets.
Location: Belle Parade and Sunny Crescent, Ripley
Read a detailed review of Sunshine Park.
There is just so much to love about this incredible park in Brassall. Close to central Ipswich, the multiple play spaces here cater easily to families with children of all ages and abilities.
The colourful, shaded and fenced playground features toddler sized equipment, which means it is perfect for the youngest visitors (who tend to frequent playgrounds the most) as they can easily navigate their own way through it.
When visiting Sutton Park, pack in your picnic basket and all of the kids’ favourite sports equipment. The park features large, wide and shaded green spaces as well as many areas of play. An awesome learn to ride track has been created and little ones will want their bikes with them as soon as they see it. Road signage and markings have been added to give a touch of realness and operational traffic lights give children an opportunity to practise their road safety skills in a fun and practical way.
For the older kids there are higher-set monkey bars and a flying fox in the playground, a basketball half court and a skate bowl area too.
Best playgrounds features: Learn to ride track, toddler sized playground, skate bowl, half basketball court, shaded play areas, sheltered tables, large green space for sport, adaptive swing, BBQs
Location: 61 Workshops Street, Brassall
Read a detailed review of Sutton Park here.
Tucker Family Park
Suburb: Bellbird Park
Tucker Family Park is very aptly named and joins our list of the best parks in Ipswich for kids because it caters for all ages, and abilities and is located within a lovely nature-filled park. It provides plenty of wow factor with its giant 11-metre cube tower and even more impressive 18-metre steel slide that runs from it. For smaller kids, there is a tiny slide that runs from the second level of the cube structure and a smaller play fort too.
Other features here that kids will love include the large sporting field with goal posts and a fenced multi-purpose court for basketball and other games. If you want to immerse yourself in nature fully then pack your walking shoes and explore the concrete pathways that lead around the park and through the trees over to a dog off-leash park and separate puppy park. You can even keep going along the paths that link several local communities with hectares of natural green space.
Best playgrounds features: Fort with mini climbing wall and rope bridge, cube tower with giant tube slide, musical bar chimes, rocker, roundabout, climbing nets, sports field, multi-purpose sports court, gym equipment, bike and walking paths, picnic tables and shelters
Location: Corner of Alesana Drive and Ardie Court in Brentwood Forest, Bellbird Park
Read a detailed review of Tucker Family Park here.
Whiterock Adventure Playground and Splash Pad
Suburb: White Rock
Down in Ripley Valley you will find a really cool adventure playground, with a massive 16m long play curl and zero depth splash pad.
The play equipment will have Brisbane Kids climbing, curling, clambering and balancing as they have fun exploring the nooks and crannies of this adventure playground.
The splash pad will cool little ones down in the hot weather and features a variety of interactive elements including fountains, kid controlled water cannons and step on sprinkler pads.
Best playgrounds features: 16m long play curl playground, slide, zero depth splash pad, water pumps, swings, play panels, seesaw, accessible carousel, scooter track, picnic shleters, BBQ’s and accessible toilets.
Location: Northridge Road, White Rock
Read a detailed review of Whiterock Adventure Playground here.
More Parks in Ipswich for Kids
Brooking Parklands – multi-level playground with expansive green space
Guilfoyles Park – a castle-themed playground with climbing nets and toy train
Leichhardt Park – a fruit and veggie themed playground with a flying fox
Lobley Park – an aviation themed playground near RAAF Base Amberley
Pace Park – a golf-themed playground with a disc golf course, in-ground trampoline and flying fox
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