Teviot Downs Park is nestled in the quiet suburb of New Beith, surrounded by thick bushland. Only occasionally can we use the words beautiful and enchanting when describing a children’s playground, but Teviot Downs Park is just that. From the landscaping in keeping with the natural environment to the garden theme of the toddler section, it would be the perfect place for a family gathering or a children’s birthday party.
Teviot Downs Park playground
Teviot Downs Park suits both big and small Brisbane Kids. The main play structure is engaging and aims to encourage thinking and physical activity. It has various optical illusions to engage with and plenty of traditional playground fun!
It also caters to climbers, with various climbing elements to challenge even the most confident of climbers and more accessible options for those who are not so confident. There are three slides, a small flying fox, a fireman’s pole, and a toddler and standard swing adjacent to the structure. This section has a sand base and while the leading play platforms have small roofs for shade, there is additional shade from the mature trees in this park.
The toddler section captures the imagination. Here you’ll meet some new friends. Two lizards, an adult frog and a smaller frog resting by the lily pads, all made from recycled rubber. It has a three-way seesaw with flower petal seats and a bongo drum, all shaded by beautiful butterfly shade cloth. A large garden chime is on the other side of the grove of recycled rubber toadstools.
Surrounding the play space is a concreted path perfect for bikes and scooters and ample grassed areas for running or ball games. A half-court basketball court is near the bathrooms.
There is also a large skate park with plenty of fun obstacles, ramps, bowls and rails for experienced skaters, gentle slopes and extra smooth surfaces to assist beginners. The path between the play area and the skate park is decorated with beautiful murals of native wildlife you can find in the local bushland.
The toddler garden space is beautiful; even older children will be enchanted. It has been designed for them to climb and crawl over the animals and toadstools, and with the native birdsong from the surrounding bushland, it feels pretty magical.
Lay back, lean against a lizard and look up at the sky. Cloud spot, identify some native birdlife, or appreciate the butterflies on the shade cloth above.
It is the perfect place to encourage a love of the Australian bush, particularly the birdlife. Otherwise, bang away on the musical instruments and create a musical masterpiece. This area is well-shaded with a large shade sail.
Off-street parking is available, as are public bathrooms, which are all-abilities accessible. There are four shade structures with tables and chairs; each has an electric barbecue. These are all connected by a concrete path to the car park and bathrooms. The playground would get quite warm in the midday sun; perhaps plan your visit in the mornings or afternoons.
Teviot Downs Park features
- Unfenced playground
- Toilets (all abilities accessible)
- Partly shaded playground
- Sand base
- Three slides
- Numerous climbing opportunities
- Toddler swing and normal swing
- Musical chimes and bongo drum
- Three-way seesaw
- Small flying fox
- Optical illusion panels
- Half-court basketball court
- Skate park
- Shaded tables and chairs
- Electric BBQs
- Off leash dog area
- Concrete paths for riding bikes and scooters
Another playground worth visiting nearby is Darlington Parklands.
What we thought of the park?
We visit lots of playgrounds across Brisbane, so it is always refreshing to see a playground that has stepped outside the plastic-fantastic type approach. My kids loved the unique native animal inclusions, and I imagine this appreciation would have been far greater had they been toddlers.
How to get here
Teviot Downs Park is located at 26-28 Bradman Street, New Beith