From Beaches to Bushland, 10 of Brisbane’s Best Parks to Play in

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With its penchant for outdoor living and a lush tapestry of greenery, Brisbane offers a collection of parks that serve as sanctuaries from the urban hustle and the perfect setting for leisurely exploration.

Brisbane’s parks deliver it all if you’re seeking a tranquil respite, a backdrop for family picnics, or an opportunity for thrilling outdoor escapades. Here are our picks of the top five parks in Brisbane that absolutely deserve a coveted spot on your must-visit list.

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Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City

Tucked away in the city’s core, Roma Street Parkland is a sprawling 16-hectare urban oasis. This meticulously curated parkland is a paradise of themed gardens, enchanting picnic spots, and winding pathways. Find your way to the Spectacle Garden, where a riot of colourful blooms awaits. Wander through the Rainforest Walk and bask in the peacefulness of the Lake Precinct.

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South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane

South Bank Parklands straddles the Brisbane River and offers a harmonious blend of recreation, culture, and gastronomy. At its heart lies the renowned Streets Beach—a man-made lagoon that invites you to swim and sunbathe, all while the city’s skyline paints the horizon. Your journey continues through the Epicurious Garden, beneath the Nepal Peace Pagoda, and along the lush Arbour, with cascading bougainvillea.

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New Farm Park, New Farm

The enchanting suburb of New Farm cradles the beloved New Farm Park, a haven cherished by Brisbane’s denizens. Here, enjoy expansive grounds with the vibrant hues of jacaranda trees, fragrant rose gardens and flower beds. This park is the definition of laid-back charm, ideal for a family barbecue, a spirited game of frisbee, or a leisurely afternoon. Anchored by the iconic Powerhouse Arts Centre, New Farm Park thrives as a cultural and recreational epicentre.

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Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong

For aficionados of flora and fauna, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens are paradise. An exploration of this botanical haven reveals themed gardens such as the enchanting Japanese Garden and the awe-inspiring Tropical Dome. Explore the diverse trails, culminating at Mount Coot-tha’s summit, for panoramic vistas of Brisbane.

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Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Daisy Hill

On the outskirts of Brisbane, Daisy Hill Conservation Park offers visitors a chance to wander through eucalypt forests and spot koalas, wallabies, and plenty of avian species. The park’s picnic areas and playground make it an enticing destination for families seeking a day of adventure. And don’t forget to explore the renowned Daisy Hill Koala Centre, an educational institution that brings you closer to these endearing Australian marsupials.

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Wilson’s Outlook Reserve, New Farm

This park is a local secret. It’s most popular for its grassy slopes and riverside perch. Throw down a picnic blanket or take a balmy afternoon stroll along the well-paved path. Think of it as a peaceful place to unwind, listen to a podcast or your favourite playlist, and enjoy the skyline views.

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Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Kangaroo Point

There’s a bit of a climb, but the views are worth it. It’s a hotspot for rock climbers but also for those who want an epic sunset. You get city views, a little greenery, and lots of fresh air. It’s a great spot to escape from the city, within the city.

Victoria Park, Herston

This sprawling urban oasis blends recreational and natural elements with expansive green spaces converted from a former golf course. There are also playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking paths to cater to active pursuits and leisurely relaxation.

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Orleigh Park, West End

This is a prime picnic choice for Southsiders and fitness buffs. There’s outdoor gym equipment and a playground for the parents. Seek shade under the massive Moreton Bay figs and savour a picnic feast with the backdrop of a peaceful park.

Newstead Park, Newstead

Set up a picnic under an antique pagoda with stunning river views. The lush green grass and towering trees create a calm escape, making it a haven for those seeking respite from the concrete jungle. Pack your favourite snacks, lay out a chequered blanket, and enjoy an afternoon of relaxing at Newstead Park.

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