A trip to the park is an excellent way to promote not only physical activity and healthy living for our families but also to foster an appreciation of nature and the great outdoors. Finding the best parks Brisbane has to offer can mean a bridge is forged between the excellent work done in their nature classrooms in early learning centres and the experiences you provide when they are with you. There are a range of wonderful parks in Brisbane that represent careful planning and community consultation in terms of their facilities. There are change rooms, appropriate fencing and age and developmental-appropriate play equipment. As an added bonus for busy parents, many of these parks also provide access to Council Wi-Fi and have areas where you can set up and get a bit of work done while your children, depending on their age, play. We’ve chosen the best parks in Brisbane for busy parents to take a laptop and get a little work done, while they enjoy time with their kids. Because let’s face it, we’re all multi-taskers these days!
It’s important to encourage our children to play independently and to take healthy risks. It’s also important that, as today’s workload expectations increase, parents find the time to multi-task and take care of both themselves and their children. If that means answering emails for five minutes while your child enjoys their time with others in the play area, then so be it.
Where are the best parks in Brisbane for toddlers and working parents?
Here are the details of the best parks to combine a toddler’s love of nature and fun and your pressing need to have a minute’s peace.
See a full list of Brisbane City Council parks with WIFI here.
City Botanic Gardens Playground
This is a sensory playground that provides little ones with the opportunity to experiment with colour and sound in a carefully curated natural setting. There are change facilities and, while the area is not fenced, it is in an enclave that separates it from passing foot and bike traffic. You can also access Wi-Fi at this play area and there are ample, shaded places for you to set up your laptop. For fairy and nature loving toddlers, stay until the evening because there’s plenty of possums and other creatures about and a stunning display of fairy lit fig trees to explore.
Einbunpin Lagoon Parklands, Sandgate Lagoon Playground
Head to gorgeous Sandgate for this fenced-in playground that has easy access to toilets, toddler-safe ground coverings and council Wi-Fi connection. While there’s no table for working parents at this park, there is seating just outside the fully fenced playground. Happily, this playground is right alongside the nature reserve and is close to an observation bridge so you can take in the true beauty of the area and spot ducks, eels and other wildlife in the lagoon.
New Farm Park
The Grand Dame of the best parks in Brisbane has just as much to offer toddlers now as it has in years gone by. Excellent play equipment that will challenge and delight, a picturesque natural setting, free council Wi-Fi and plenty of places to park.
Scarborough Beach Park
Affectionately known as “Train Park” by local littlies, this fully fenced park has it all. Barbecues, covered seating for parents, wide open spaces, hills for rolling down, bike paths, a broad selection of play gear for kids of all ages, an enclosed climbing tree area and also, nearby beaches teaming with treasures. Scarborough Beach Park gives toddlers a feast of sensory stimulation and nature inspired play activity. After your play in the park, head out to any of the many local reefs, and hunt for natural treasures.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks
This large open parkland on the west side of Brisbane offers water play and a huge variety of kids’ activities. There is plenty of toddler specific play equipment and if your child is a fan of sandpits, this is the place to be! You’ll also find free Wi-Fi, coffee kiosk and covered seating to help you get through those emails while your child plays.
Making a day of it? Check out our guide to toddler friendly Gold Coast and Brisbane bushwalking!