Do you want to know the best playgrounds in Brisbane?
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Brisbane boasts a plethora of playgrounds scattered throughout our beautiful city. At Brisbane Kids, we believe in putting our community first. That’s why we recently asked our dedicated Brisbane Kids followers to share their favourite Brisbane playgrounds. We’ve compiled the results to bring you a list of the most loved Brisbane playgrounds, helping you discover the perfect spots for your family outings.
The Best Playgrounds in Brisbane
Below are your favourite playgrounds in Brisbane along with some notable mentions!
Bradbury Park Kedron
Arguably the best playground in Brisbane, Bradbury Park at Kedron is a playground for risk-takers and those looking for more than just a standard playground. Featuring a gigantic fort, nets, ropes, swings and slides, this is a multi-level and multi-sensory experience. It is one of those rare Brisbane playgrounds that is suited to the older child. The wider park area also features a fun bike path with a purpose-built scooter track featuring ramps, obstacles and traffic lines similar to roadways.
Read a detailed review of Bradbury Park
The Hills District All-Abilities Playground, Arana Hills
This fully fenced, all-abilities playground is as inclusive as it is engaging for Brisbane Kids of all ages. Children can amuse themselves at the musical area, dig in the sandpit, play in the cubby or roam the garden area. Other play equipment in this bee-themed playground includes slides, swings, seesaw, monkey bars and plenty of other climbing opportunities.
Read our detailed review of The Hills District All-Abilities Playground
Flagstone Adventure Park, Jimboomba
Kids will be amazed by the huge 11m-high tower which takes centre stage at Flagstone Adventure Park. Suspension bridges, climbing nets, slides, tunnels and swings will entertain all members of the family for hours. Don’t forget to visit the equally impressive waterpark which is just next to the Adventure Park.
Read our detailed review of Flagstone Adventure Park
Frew Park, Milton
Situated on the site of the former Milton Tennis Centre, Frew Park is a futuristic playground featuring tennis courts, massive green spaces, BBQ facilities, a cafe and one of the most impressive playgrounds in Brisbane. The industrial-style cement play structure has huge tube slides, ledges for climbing and parkour, a twisty slide that’s five metres high and an enclosed mesh cage that dangles eight metres off the ground! This is the perfect park to head to with older kids or when you have kids of multiple ages as there is something to please and challenge everyone.
Read our detailed review of Frew Park
New Farm Park, New Farm
One of Brisbane’s best parks, families will adore exploring the large open spaces that New Farm Park has to offer and it is easy to see why you think it has one of the best playgrounds in Brisbane. The playground consists of an impressive fort-like treehouse with an expansive bridge walk that winds like a hobbit trail through the ageing fig trees that define this park. The surrounding gardens, parkland and nearby Brisbane river make it a great place for a wonderful family day out, especially if you pack a picnic.
Read our detailed review of New Farm Park
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Rocks Riverside Park is huge and will amaze even the most astute playground lover, with something on offer to please every member of your family, including a water play area, playgrounds for different age groups and a Liberty Swing. A fort, flying fox, swings and climbing nets are just some of the equipment options at this cool playground.
Read our detailed review of Rocks Riverside Park
Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe
Lower Moora Park is the perfect seaside playground with a bit of sand, a fantastic playground and lots of lovely shade to have afternoon BBQ’s with an ocean view. Confident climbers will enjoy exploring the many levels of the playground, which includes forts, slides and wooden carvings, while the smaller children can amuse themselves in the play area underneath the fort or get busy in the sand area.
Read our detailed review of Lower Moora Park
Thornlands Community Park, Thornlands
Featuring a vast, netted climbing structure, giant slides, flying fox, a quaint little cubby, water play, dinosaur dig and nature play area – it’s easy to see why this park in Thornlands is such one of Brisbane’s best playgrounds. You will want to pack a picnic and enjoy everything this amazing playground offers (and yes, there are toilet facilities too).
Read our detailed review of Thornlands Community Park
Grinstead Park, Enoggera
The standout for kids at the spacious Grinstead Park would have to be the impressive fort-style playground featuring swings, slides and various other activities for a range of abilities. A brand-new learn-to-ride facility will also have little ones engaging in imaginative play, zooming about having fun. A multi-use court, nature play area, outdoor fitness equipment, BBQ facilities and lots of grassy open spaces, make Grinstead Park a great spot to spend several hours and enjoy a picnic.
Read our detailed review of Grinstead Park
The Mill, Petrie
While kids love the colourful playground, it is the waterpark that the littlies love most, especially in the warmer months. With waterspouts and a big tipping bucket, you will hear giggles and screams of excitement. Slides and a flying fox are popular among the bigger kids, while a designated toddler fort with rope bridges will keep the toddlers entertained. Plenty of green space, bike tracks and picnic and BBQ facilities make this the ultimate playground for a day out and another easy choice as one of the best playgrounds in Brisbane.
Read our detailed review of The Mill.
Wynnum Whale Park, Wynnum
Wynnum Whale Park is a hugely popular sea-side spot with a large playground, boardwalk, jetty, water play space, and a wading pool nearby to amuse families for hours. The ocean-themed playground has all the classic equipment – swings, slides, climbing nets and more, while the waterplay area features a pod of water-spouting whales and a large tipping bucket, which has children scrambling and squealing with delight. With numerous picnic areas you can easily spend a whole day here, especially on a hot day in Brisbane!
Read our detailed review of Wynnum Whale Park
Brisbane’s best playgrounds (almost)
We received so many contenders for the best playground in Brisbane. Here are some of Brisbane’s most amazing playgrounds runners ups.
Anzac Park, Toowong
Ascot Park, Ascot
Benjamina Place Park, The Gap
Biami Yumba Park, Fig Tree Pocket (this is near Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary)
City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane City
Broadwater Park, Mansfield
Bulimba Memorial Park, Bulimba
C.B. Mott Park, Holland Park
Colmslie Beach Reserve, Murrarrie
Dorrington Park, Ashgrove
Dunlop Park, Corinda
Hanlon Park, Stones Corner
Hercules Street Park, Hamilton
Joe Bradfield Centre Park, Carina
Kalinga Park, Clayfield
Majestic Park, Coorparoo
Oriel Park, Ascot
Perrin Park, Toowong
Rafting Ground Rd, Brookfield
Roma Street Parkland
Riverside Green Playground
Streets Beach at South Bank Parklands
The Common, Coorparoo
Walton Bridge Reserve Playground, The Gap
Trundle Park, Coorparoo
Whites Hill Reserve, Camp Hill
North Brisbane and Moreton Bay
7th Brigade Park, Chermside
Aurora Boulevard Park, North Lakes
Blatchford Park, Murrumba Downs
Bradbury Park, Kedron/Chermside
Bray Farm Park, Griffin
Decker Park, Brighton
Hidden World Playground, Fitzgibbon
Honeyeater Street Park, Upper Kedron
John Goss Reserve, Chermside West
John Scott Park, Samford
Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hill
Lemke Park, Albany Creek
Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine
Pirate Park at Redcliffe
Spinnaker Park, Newport
Stoneridge Park, Narangba
Suttons Beach Park, Redcliffe
Symphony Crescent Park, Burpengary
Teralba Park, Everton Park
The Green, Carseldine
Walkers Road, Morayfield
Warner-Pettit Playground, Warner
South Brisbane and Logan
Brush Box Place Park, Heathwood
Calamvale District Park
Carvers Park, Park Ridge
Ducie Street Park, Darra
Forestglen Park, Browns Plains
Logan City Waterpark, Woodridge
Logan Gardens, Logan Central
Pallara District Park, Pallara
Svoboda Park, Kuraby
Underwood Park, Priestdale
Warrill Parklands, Larapinta
Windermere Road Park, Alexandra Hills
Woodlands District Park, Waterford
Bayside and Redlands
Apex Park, Ormiston
Capalaba Regional Park
George Clayton Park, Manly
Lota Park, Lota
Raby Bay Esplanade Park, Ormiston
WH Yea Park, Victoria Point
Adventure Park, Ripley
Faye Carr Park, Ripley
Grande Avenue Park, Springfield Lakes
Orion Playground, Springfield
Queens Park, Ipswich
Important Playground Features
So what makes an amazing park? As families looking to have the best possible experience when visiting a playground, we know there are non-negotiable features. If you have multiple young children, a fenced playground may be a priority, toilets are always a must (especially if you plan on spending a long time there or are having a park party), and sometimes it may be parking, BBQ or shade you are seeking.
Here is a round-up of playground features our Brisbane Kids followers said were important when choosing a playground to visit.
Best playgrounds in Brisbane: Important features
It is no surprise shade comes in at number one for must-have features at a playground. Living in Southeast Queensland, which is predominantly a very warm and sunny place throughout the year, everyone must be protected from the hot sun when enjoying playground facilities. We are not just talking a token shade sail, either. Having large, established trees to rest under and sheltered picnic tables to snack on is always a bonus after a big day playing at the park. But more importantly, having most of the play equipment covered by shade is essential, particularly when metal objects are involved, like slides. Shaded seating areas in and around the play equipment also rate high, as many parents and carers like to sit and watch the kids play when not joining in on the fun.
Nothing is worse than being out with the kids and someone needing to go to the toilet (usually at the most inconvenient time). This is made even more frustrating when no bathroom is available nearby. Having clean, functioning and accessible public toilets at playgrounds, especially the larger ones, is essential for birthday parties. Not only should toilet facilities be available, but they should be open during daylight hours and, if possible, include changing facilities for babies. After all, no one wants to leave the playground after only 10 minutes because nature calls.
Most trips to the park involve at least a water bottle, but usually a scooter, bike, soccer ball, kite, pram and snacks. Parking available next to the playground or very close by is essential, especially if you are venturing out with more than one child. Having the car close by for the multiple trips back to the car you usually have to complete is always handy. Nearby car parking also avoids having to cross busy roads with young children. FREE parking is also appreciated.
We also wrote a similar post highlighting the best playgrounds on the Gold Coast you might be interested to read
Other Important Playground Features
You also told us that these features mattered to you when considering which Brisbane playgrounds to visit.
Unique Playground equipment
Inclusive of all-abilities
Fencing around playground
Multi purpose courts (especially a basketball court)
A picnic shelter and BBQs