Many people associate Queensland with dry grass and dusty stretches of land, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Queensland is home to a variety of genuinely stunning rolling green parklands that are perfect for leisure, entertainment and community gatherings. You just need to know where to look. And that’s why we’re here to give you the lowdown on your next favourite picnic spot, BBQ hangout, or city escape. Pack your sandwiches and grab some ice for your esky because you’ll be flocking to these parklands on a sunny day!
Roma Street Parklands
South Bank Parklands is another of Brisbane’s jewels in the centre of the city. Stretching along the Brisbane river, it’s a diverse space that spans 17.5 hectares, combining nature with metropolitan living. It has a rainforest that you can stroll through, a human-made ‘Streets Beach’ that you can cool off in (and even watch an outdoor movie from!) and green spaces perfect for sitting back and watching the ferries glide past. It’s bordered by some of Brisbane’s finest restaurants and Queensland’s bustling arts precinct, making it the highlight of the South side of the river.
Broadwater Parklands is situated right on the water in the Gold Coast suburb of Southport. It isn’t quite as expansive as its Brisbane counterparts, but makes up for size in views! There are wide open spaces of vibrant green grassland looking out over the inlet, perfect for community events or small gatherings. It’s a firm favourite for picnics, and despite the vast grassy spaces, you can still find a shady spot to set up your blanket and sandwiches! There’s play equipment and a water playground for the kids (would a park on the Gold Coast be complete without one?), BBQ facilities and an on-site restaurant if you forgot your picnic basket!
River Heart Parklands
River Heart Parklands is a little-known gem right on the Bremer River in Ipswich. And it’s a children’s playground dream. There’s a massive zero depth water park, climbing net, slippery slide, cubby houses and a sandpit. There’s also a fantastic discovery forest where children can swing on a Tarzan rope or make their way through a balancing maze on the forest floor. Enjoy a picnic on one of the grassy areas, and perhaps cook up a sausage sizzle using the BBQ facilities. Or enjoy one of the highlights of the parklands, which emerges in the evening as you take a stroll along the boardwalk and look out into the river water – you might see a few water-dwelling creatures projected there in an illuminating light show!
While not technically referred to as a ‘parklands’ Orleigh Park in Brisbane’s West End certainly isn’t short of beautiful green grass and exquisite peaceful shaded areas. Removed from the liveliness of the suburb’s centre, this park follows the Brisbane River from the West End ferry terminal all the way around the bend and up to Davies Park. The entire riverside walk isn’t classified as part of the park, but you’ll find tranquil grassy spots the whole way around. Ideal for laying back, relaxing and drinking in a lazy Brisbane afternoon. Perhaps the highlights of Orleigh Park are the majestic Moreton Bay Figs that provide shade on a Summer’s day and help to keep the grass thick and green. There are BBQ facilities, picnic shelters, playgrounds and community exercise equipment. The park is easy to get to and much less busy compared to Roma Street and South Bank. If you’re looking for a quiet slice of nature in the city, this is the place to be!
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