Hidden down a laneway in Ashgrove, the Enchanted Forest at Dorrington Park is an awesome shaded playground for Kids.
Enchanted Forest Playground
Dorrington Park, otherwise known as the Enchanted Forest, is a well-known Ashgrove park and playground. Its leafy location and colourful playground equipment make it an ideal playground for any time of year but surprisingly we find winter is the best time because there aren’t any mosquitos!
There are not many Ashgrove parks that can boast musical toadstools on top of all the regular draw cards like slides, swings, climbing nets and fort-style constructions, but the Enchanted Forest has all of this and more! As far as playgrounds go, this is a small enough park to keep an eye on your kids but big enough to engage them for a fun playdate with friends or an afternoon break from the house.
The Enchanted Forest area also boasts a BBQ, tables and shelter with toilets close by. It is the ideal spot for a picnic or party and is also metres from cafes (including one that serves 100% gluten-free food) to pick up a coffee or some snacks on the way.
This Ashgrove playground is not well signed, so as you turn into Frasers Road, just keep an eye out for a driveway on your left-hand side just before a group of shops.
Dorrington Park extends further than the Enchanted Forest playground, with large playing fields and a clubhouse adjacent. At the other end of the park towards the Stewart Road bridge is more play equipment suited to older children, a large shelter with barbeque, skate plaza and a basketball half-court.
A bike path runs next to the creek along the length of the park and passes under the bridge for safe access under Stewart Road.
Ashgrove Skate Park
Shaded by mature trees, Ashgrove Skate Park is popular with young skaters and scooter riders and it is easy to see why. Catering for all skill levels and all ages, it is the perfect balance between challenge and the enjoyment of an easy ride.
The skate plaza makes it suitable for bladers and BMX as well as skateboards and scooters. While it isn’t a big skatepark in comparison with other popular Brisbane skateparks, it’s central location ensures it is in high demand. It features ledges, rails and kerbs and of course, a quarter-pipe with a decent lead-up.
There is no lighting of the skatepark and so this is one for daylight hours only
We especially like the amount of shade and how this results in a ‘fairy garden’ atmosphere. Kids can enjoy playing shops and cafes, making magical music with percussion instruments, or climbing the fantastic spider’s web to escape the baddies. The timber fort is high enough to provide a bird’s eye view.
The Enchanted Forest has wheelchair-accessible toilets and some new paths for wheelchairs and prams. The bike track along the creek is easily accessible and very flat. The playground is partly fenced, keeping your Brisbane Kids well away from the adjacent car park.
Dorrington Park features
- Playground equipment for a variety of ages over a bark base
- Partly fenced playground
- The playground is shaded by trees throughout the day
- Swings – infant and regular
- Skate plaza
- Percussion equipment
- Climbing net
- Musical mushrooms
- Bike and walking paths
- Playing fields
- Basketball half-court
- Carpark off Frasers Road
- Street parking
- Cafes and wonderful gluten-free treats are located nearby on Frasers Road
Another great Brisbane Playground close to Dorrington Park is Jubilee Park.
How to get here
Dorrington Park can be accessed from Mirrabooka Road and the Enchanted Forest is located off Frasers Road in Ashgrove. When you turn into Frasers Rd from Wardell Street it is the first turn on your left.