Parks Week is about celebrating the vital role parks play in creating liveable cities and thriving communities. This year’s focus is on how spending time in parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing.
South East Queensland is home to some truly beautiful parks, too many to name them all! We have listed just a few of our favourite parks in the region for you and your family to enjoy. Happy Parks Week!
Russell Family Park (Montville)
Boasting a rainforest to explore, bike paths, a playground and fantastic signage with explanations of the park’s eco-system, Russel Family Park is a hidden gem in Montville. The park is also home to a spring connected to Skene Creek and Obi Obi Creek which flows into the Mary River. Pack a picnic lunch and use the barbeques to make a day of it!
Over the last 10 years the Russel Family Park Bushcare Group has planted approximately 3,500 trees and shrubs, significantly reducing the weed species and increasing the number of native plant species in the park.
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre/Enoggera Reservoir (Brisbane)
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is perched in the edge of the D’Aguilar National Park only 12km from the centre of Brisbane. Visitors can walk or cycle around the Enoggera Reservoir, which is home to an abundance of plants and animals, go for a dip in the water, enjoy a picnic lunch or go out for lunch at the Walkabout Creek Café.
Every weekend the Discovery Centre hosts a Wildlife Discovery Show where you come face-to-face with some of Queensland’s most wonderful creatures!
Queens Park (Ipswich)
Established in 1864, Queens Park was the first park to be developed in Queensland. It features a great playground, Japanese-style garden and an Environmental Centre. The Centre hosts environmental education exhibits showcasing Ipswich’s natural environment and waterways and features information on the Council’s environmental initiatives.
You will also find the Ipswich Nature Centre in Queens Park which is home to some cute and furry native animals like wombats, bilbies and quolls. There are picnic shelters and barbeques so you and the family can BYO lunch!
Darlington Park (Darlington)
Darlington Park is in Lamington National Park set on the picturesque Albert River. Visit for the day or go camping overlooking the river or perched among the gum trees. Visitors can go for a dip in the water holes, explore the river and forest, drop in a fishing line or set up a game of cricket in the large green field. Keen adventurers can explore Christmas Creek to find Stinson’s famous plane wreck from the 1930s.
Pioneer Park (Landsborough)
Pioneer Park features an all abilities, fully fenced playground for everyone to enjoy. It was the first of its kind in Queensland and is the only one on the Sunshine Coast. Boasting wheelchair access, braille signs, a herb garden and pipe telephones, the park is multi-sensory and very interactive. For the older kids there is a flying fox, climbing net and expansive grassy area and for parents there are barbeques and picnic areas to enjoy.
Broadwater Parklands Southport (Gold Coast)
The Broadwater Parklands feature a great playground with bike paths, a zip line and monorail track. The parklands are also home to a water playground with spouting water animals and pool areas. The parklands have lots of shady spots, barbeques, The Great Lawn – an enormous expanse of green ideal for picnics – and a wetland area home to ducks, purple swamphens and sacred ibis. The parklands feature walkways and bridges to explore the urban wetland and reed-filled ponds that collect, clean and filter storm water before it goes into the Broadwater.