Wonderful Brisbane weather year-round makes hosting parties outdoors easy, affordable, picturesque and fun. There are so many advantages to holding your next party at a park, with the main reason being you don’t have to tidy your house before or after and there is plenty of space for guests to enjoy themselves.
If you can find a park close to your home it makes planning and hosting a park party even easier. Here we have rounded up some of our favourite ‘party parks’ throughout Brisbane. You can find detailed reviews and pictures for each park by clicking on the titles.
Before you start planning your next party, check out our guide How to Book a Park for Kids’ Birthdays in Brisbane for some handy tips.
Some Birthday Party Park Criteria
You can assume the following parks feature:
- Toilet facilities
- Engaging play spaces
- Places to celebrate (ie picnic shelters or plenty of shady green areas where you can make your own space)
Brisbane’s Best Parks for Kids Parties
Aurora Boulevard, North Lakes
Spacious suburban parks can be hard to find, but Aurora Boulevard is just that. There is a playing field, playgrounds suitable for children of all ages, a skate park, outdoor fitness equipment and a fenced dog park. Picnic shelters and BBQ’s are dotted around the perimeter of the playground making it the perfect space to set up your party. Toilet facilities are also on site. Read a detailed review of Aurora Boulevard.
Caboolture Region Environment Education Centre (CREEC), Burpengary
CREEC is the most awesome place for a kids party. There is a large, sheltered area with a concrete floor right outside the fenced playground (designed for school kids and groups) which is perfect for parties. There is plenty of parking, toilets and lots of green space for party games and burning off that sugar high. Children will love the massive, all-abilities fenced playground featuring a dual flying fox, forts, musical equipment and more. Read a detailed review of the CREEC playground.
CB Mott Park, Holland Park
Holding an event at CB Mott Park is easy when there are barbecues, picnic shelters, plenty of grassy spaces, playgrounds and pretty gardens. There is even a rotunda which can be booked via Brisbane City Council’s website. And of course, there are the all-important toilet facilities. Read a detailed review of CB Mott Park.
Decker Park, Brighton
With a backdrop of Bramble Bay, Decker Park at Brighton is an ideal venue for your next party. There are quite a few large picnic shelters along the foreshore, surrounded by lush green grass, though you may need to get there early to be guaranteed a spot. Otherwise, there is plenty of space to set up your own gazebo. A large kids playground is bound to entertain younger party goers and there is plenty of open grassy spaces for playing party games and having fun. Toilet facilities and barbecues are also available. Read a detailed review of Decker Park Brighton.
Hidden World, Fitzgibbon
There is no shortage of play options at Hidden World playground, and as such it makes a great park for parties involving kids. The multi-level fort provides plenty of opportunities for running, balancing, climbing and hiding, and when they are done with the fort they can explore the rest of the grounds and play equipment. Picnic shelters, BBQ’s, plenty of green space and accessible toilets make hosting a party easy. Read a detailed review of Hidden World playground.
John Goss Reserve, Chermside West
This popular reserve on Brisbane’s northside is a great party venue. There are picnic shelters, plenty of shade from established trees and shade sails, BBQ’s, toilets and sometimes even a coffee van on weekends. There is something for all age groups at this sprawling playground including swings, slides, forts and opportunities for imaginary play. Read a detailed review of John Goss Reserve
New Farm Park, New Farm
The popular New Farm Park is always a great spot to host a party. This sprawling park features pretty gardens, plenty of shade, large open spaces, a brilliant playground, toilets, parking and even free wi-fi. There are four specific picnic areas which can be booked for small events by heading to the Brisbane City Council’s website or you can just find a spot and set up (you may need to arrive early to secure your desired location.) Read a detailed review of New Farm Park.
Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine
Several play areas, a fully fenced toddler playground, heaps of grassy space and shady trees, BBQ facilities, toilets and more, make hosting parties at the Pine Rivers Park easy and fun. Setting up your own gazebo and finding a secluded spot to hold your party is doable. Your party location will depend on the age of your guests and which area of the park you will use the most. Read a detailed review of Pine Rivers Park.
Robelle Domain, Springfield
If you are after space, you will find plenty at Robelle Domain, with the park situated on 24 hectares and includes sporting fields, playgrounds, water play, walking tracks and more than 11kms of boardwalks. Picnic tables, shelters and barbecues are available, as are accessible toilet facilities, though it does get busy, so get in early to secure a shady spot or BYO gazebo. Read a detailed review of Robelle Domain.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Rocks Riverside Park has approximately 8000 square meters of open grassy space and is situated by the Brisbane River, making it ideal for picnics, parties and other family events. The park has three major zones; the river flat, the bushland ridge and the green link with three specific areas within these zones which can be booked for small events. Several picnic shelters, barbecue facilities and accessible toilets are in the park. There is even a water play area which will be a hit with the kids. Read a details review of Rocks Riverside Park.
Scarborough Beach Park, Scarborough
A sea breeze, views of the bay and shade from the avenue of Norfolk Pines makes Scarborough Beach Park the most perfect spot for a party. The view is just stunning, but the facilities surrounding the park are also top notch. There are several toilet blocks, picnic shelters, barbecues, lots of space for picnic blankets and the most fabulous playground at Scarborough Beach Park. Read a detailed review of Scarborough Beach Park.
Sherwood Arboretum, Sherwood
The Sherwood Arboretum, which is part of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens collection, covers an area of 15 hectares, and is a shady and picturesque place to hold a party. With pleasant river breezes, barbecues, picnic shelters, toilets and plenty of trees, guests will be comfortable as they celebrate and relax. A designated site, which is just 200m from the Brisbane River, can be booked for events of short duration via the Brisbane City Council’s website. Read a detailed review of Sherwood Arboretum.
The Mill at Petrie, Petrie
An awesome playground and free zero-depth waterpark at The Mill in Petrie is fast becoming popular among locals, especially those hosting parties. A range of seating options are spread around the waterpark and playground, so setting up a party and supervising is easy, though it does get very busy on weekends, so factor this in when planning your party. BBQ’s, toilets and close access to public transport (Petrie train station) is a plus. Read more about the Mill Petrie.
Wynnum Whale Park, Wynnum
Parties in the warmer months will be cooler when you are celebrating at the Wynnum Whale Park. The wading pool, water play area, and playground are perfectly complemented by the massive trees providing shade and the picturesque backdrop and breezes coming from the bay. With lots of zero depth water play this is a popular choice for a 1 year old birthday party . The hardest part will be deciding which area to host your party in. Read more about Wynnum Whale Park.
Hanover Drive Park in Alexandra Hills
Offering engaging play equipment for kids of all ages, the Hanover Drive playground features a sand based playground with lots of invitations to play from the overt dome and cubby house with slide to the less obvious hidden fossil and hopscotch patterns. Read more about Hanover Drive Playground.
How to find more Brisbane Birthday Party Parks
Obviously we didnt include every playground that we recommend for birthday parties as there would be well over 100 to list out for you! Read things to consider below and then use our Brisbane playground map to find playgrounds near you and see if they fit this criteria. If they seem to, then we would suggest visiting the park on the day of the week you plan to have yours to see how busy it might be and ensure its suitability. Parks are a popular choice for birthday parties so if you aren’t able to book (the majority of parks you can’t) then we suggest a) rocking up super early and b) having a back up plan (BYO table and gazebo).
Things to Consider
For the best chance of a successful park party, here is a list of things to consider:
- Make sure there are toilet facilities nearby.
- Check council websites to see if you need to book an area for your party.
- If you plan on using a waterpark during the party, make sure you stipulate this on the invite so guests can be prepared.
- Some parks have restrictions on parties, decorations, noise etc, so follow all signage and abide by park rules and regulations.
- Do you have a back-up plan in case of wet weather or a heatwave?
- Ensure adequate adult supervision is available, especially in public areas close to water.
- Check what seating, tables and shade is available? Do you need to bring extras?
- Consider the environment and dispose of all decorations and litter appropriately.
Almost any park can make a great venue for a party assuming it at least has toilets, a playground and basic facilities, so be sure to keep your eye out in your local area next time you are planning a party.