This article is all about FREE fun water play locations and places with water features that are fun and entertaining, including free water parks for Brisbane Kids and places for families built around the concept of water. As Brisbane parents, we understand you need options that don’t cost a lot of money, get the kids outside and cater for a range of ages and swimming abilities.
Many Brisbane Leisure Centres and Public Swimming Pools now feature loads of water play features, making them very similar to a water park. These locations can be found on our list of swimming pools.
South Bank Lagoon & Aquativity
Water play and swim in the city | Enjoy the Parklands | Numerous dining opportunities
South Bank Lagoon is definitely one of the best water parks for Brisbane Kids. It’s a free water park and it is located right in the middle of the city. Surrounded by parklands, and right next to the Wheel of Brisbane, you will find a WOW playground at South Bank and a WOW Aquativity water play place for your Brisbane Kids to enjoy. With BBQ facilities and amenities, this is a great day out for the whole family.
The South Bank Lagoon itself is big, with a man-made beach, and has an array of fun fountains as well as varying water depths. It is also patrolled by lifeguards seven days a week throughout the warmer months and, best of all, overlooks the majestic Brisbane City. Any Brisbane Kid would be impressed by this water play place as would any adult!
Redcliffe Lagoon or Settlement Cove
Water play at the bay | BBQ | Playground fun | Lounging around
Redcliffe Lagoon is on the Northside of Brisbane and is a popular getaway for Brisbane families wanting some FREE and fun water play with their Brisbane Kids. There are slides, fountains and a lovely ocean theme for Brisbane Kids to enjoy. It is a water park with heaps of shade, BBQ facilities, a playground and lots of room to swim with varying depths.
It’s also accessible with ramped entry to the pool. Water Parks for Brisbane Kids are all about taking some time away from the hustle and bustle, and Redcliffe Lagoon is perfect for families looking for a whole day out. Finish off your fun day out with some yummy local fish and chips or a swim in the ocean nearby. There are 2 fenced playgrounds nearby including Suttons Beach and Pirates Playground which you can find listed on our website.
Ferny Grove Aqua Park
Water Play Place | Awesome picnic location | Accessible
A new addition to the list, the Ferny Grove Aqua Park is a wonderful free water play area in the Northside of Brisbane. Ferny Grove Aqua Park features a level splash pad area which provides access for all with elevated water-play elements including spray buckets, small tipping buckets, spray tunnel, water cannons, and an overhead spray feature. There are a massive 24 ground elements including arch sprays, stream jets, bubblers, misting ground sprayers, and themed sprayers. Accessibility has been further considered in the design with an interactive water table that provides wheelchair access as well as toddler play.
Robelle Domain, Springfield
Water Play Place | Awesome picnic location | Bike riding | Cafe | Playground
Robelle Domain is an amazing attraction in Springfield, being a huge WOW playground with a cafe built right in the middle. There are loads of fountains and different water features, not to mention a huge parkland with numerous places to have a picnic. Robelle Domain often holds events for families so always a good idea to check the Ipswich City Council Website for updated information. For details on how to get there and a complete review of the playground, head to our playground review of Robelle Domain.
Water play place | Next door to Robelle Domain | Next to Shopping Centre
Just across from Robelle Domain is the epic Orion Lagoon that will excite the most seasoned Water Park enthusiasts. It is still in its infancy so shade is lacking a bit but aside from that, it is a destination water park for families that will ensure a fun day out.
Rocks Riverside Park
Water play place | Picnic in the park
Rocks Riverside Park at Seventeen Mile Rocks is more of a toddler paddling paradise than a pool. With numerous bathing pools, fountains and shaded areas, this is a popular outing for Brisbane Mums and Dads with their kids. There is also a WOW playground, BBQ facilities and numerous space for picnics. There is further information and pictures available via our Brisbane playground pages. As with many water parks for Brisbane Kids, this is one that you could spend an entire day at, enjoying a picnic breakfast, lunch or early dinner while the kids cool off.
Wynnum Water Park
Water Play Place | Fish and Chips in the park
Wynnum Water Park is located in the breezy suburb of Wynnum and comes with the all the ocean smells and attractions such as open space and the smell of fish and chips. It features a WOW playground shaded by trees and overlooks a calm beach, which is perfect for Brisbane Toddlers and parents with bubs. Located in Edith Street at Wynnum- more pics can be found on our playground review of Wynnum Water Park.
Waterplay place | Epic playground
There are two distinct play areas at The Mill, which are separate to the water play area. A toddler play space and another area suited to the bigger kids. Between these two areas is a more universal play area. Set on one level, which makes supervision easy, the water play area has several shooting fountains that spray water into the air. Check out our Mill playground and waterpark review.
How to prepare for your Water Play in Brisbane with Kids
- Be prepared for a lack of shade and sunshine. The Brisbane UV rating can be high even on a cloudy day and some water play places have limited shade. Ideally, take your own sunshade but at best dress the kids in sunsafe rash gear (you can get long-sleeved rash gear for kids here). All of these Mini Sandcrabs swimsuits we have referred you to are rated UPF50+. Sunwear with a UPF rating this high blocks 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays!
- Check out the UV rating for the day. You can’t detect UV ratings with your senses and it depends on a number of factors which according to Sunsmart Australia include time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, proximity to the equator, scattering and reflection. This widget below will show you the UV rating on any given day and you can find more information out about why sun protection is important on the Cancer Council Website here.
- Hydrate well when you are at the free water parks across Brisbane because playing in water can keep you deceptively cool but you can still be losing moisture.
- Choose the right sunscreen for water play and apply it regularly. We like this guide from Choice Australia which helps you to choose the right sunscreen.
Public Swimming Pools Brisbane
Many Brisbane Swimming Pools are more like mini water parks. Gone are the days when all you could expect was a swimming pool and not much else. In fact, finding a public swimming pool that is just a pool is more an exception than the norm. We have listed all the public swimming pools in Brisbane and have links to the ones most worth visiting. Generally, you will find there is a small entry fee with many also offering annual passes allowing you to save money if you expect to go often. Read all about Brisbane Public Swimming Pools.