There are few better ways to beat the summer heat in the city, than to escape to these free places to go for water play in and around Brisbane. Water play is what childhood memories are made of! Can you finish this list before summer's out?
1. Southbank Parklands Aquativity, Southbank
The magical charm of water is captured perfectly in this interactive water play park –shooting fountains, tipping buckets, water features and decorative elements aim to educate visitors about water cycles, river catchments and native aquatic animals.
2. Wynnum Wading Pool & Whale Park, Wynnum
The Wading Pool provides ample opportunity to swim in shallow water, filling with sea water at high tide. The Whale Water Park is right next door - featuring fun water spray fountains and nautical-themed playground - and set on Pandanus Beach, a calm, sandy stretch of water. Extending from the playground along the waterfront are marked bike paths and walkways, so take the bikes and scooters.
3. Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe
Apart from the lovely location overlooking Moreton Bay, Settlement Cove features a large lagoon, wading pool, stepping stones, waterfall, nautical playground and a separate fenced toddler area complete with water jets, toadstools and bugs. Pack a picnic for a beachside BBQ with a view!
4. Robelle Domain, Ipswich
Situated on 24 hectares and boasting over 11km of boardwalks and walking tracks via lakes, waterfalls and playgrounds, Robelle Domain has everything. The water play area is jam-packed with tipping buckets (the largest dumping 700L of water at once!) and jet sprays, close by to the interactive playground and cafe. Nothing says summer more than the light show nightly between 7-9pm.
5. Orion Lagoon, Ipswich
Orion Lagoon is one of the largest man-made public swimming areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Lifeguards are on duty in the 50m swimming area (up to 1.5m deep) suitable for lap swimming. Younger kids can enjoy the tail end of the Lagoon, with an average 30cm depth featuring stepping stones, water squirts – perfect for water play and exploration.
6. Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks
So many attractions – with shallow pools, fountains and water trickling through the meandering man made watercourse, the park is a toddler paddling pool paradise! Rocks Riverside is awesome for little adventurers navigating the river rapids as they slip downstream. Add to this areas shaded by large sails, huge flying fox and nautical-inspired playground, this is a popular outing for parents and kids.
7. King Island from Wellington Point
Bucket list item to experience with your kids this summer is the unique walk between Wellington Point and King Island at low tide. Although popular for its waterside playground and impressive climbing trees, visitors walk their way across the natural sand walkway that is revealed at low tide, stretching about 1km offshore. Although the island is small, this experience really is all about the journey itself.
8. Enoggera Resovoir, The Gap
Enjoy a picnic along the sandy shore of the Dam, have a swim in the calm waters, bring your canoe or kayak or inflatable for a peaceful paddle, or go platypus, kingfisher or water bird spotting. You could even throw in a line and try your luck at fishing.
9. Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe
A small but picturesque beach near the Shorncliffe Pier, perfect for making sandcastles and paddling. Stroll up the pier, enjoy the picnic and barbeque facilities, and the Park has an amazing playground.
10. Sutton’s Beach, Redcliffe
Sutton’s Beach is a beautiful patrolled beach in Redcliffe. It’s a perfect place for wading in the water and going for a swim with the reassurance of knowing that it is under the supervision of wonderful surf life savers. Also featuring the awesome, fully fenced Sutton’s Beach Park, this beach will definitely be a huge hit!
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