Rocks Riverside Park in South-West Brisbane has something for everyone! We recently explored the park with two toddlers and a 6-month-old. It was our first time visiting, so driving through the industrial area of Seventeen Mile Rocks was slightly confusing. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover this vast parkland along the Brisbane River.
There is plenty of shaded, free parking. Close to the car park is an enclosed playground with smaller equipment close. There is also a sand pit and swings. We strolled our prams directly into the safety of the fenced area for our toddlers to explore. From there, we could see a more extensive playground for older kids. Between the neatly organised gardens was an undercover wooden deck. BBQs and benches provided an ideal spot for a sunny day picnic.
Our verdict on Rocks Riverside Park
Our toddlers enjoyed exploring the play equipment and socialising with other infants. We then took a walk around the garden track. We passed a shallow pool and water installation, which would have been perfect for little ones who love getting wet. Unfortunately, we weren’t prepared for swimming, so we rushed past before my 12-month-old could interject!
Next, we passed a pyramid net tower and flying foxes. This playground truly has everything. Beyond that is a large oval surrounded by tree-lined pathways. We walked further to find more shaded BBQ areas and seating along the riverfront. Industrial ruins were planted among the established foliage, making a perfect picnic backdrop. The pathways continued onto a riverfront walk, a great spot to lay down a blanket and enjoy the view. Once rested, we let the toddlers loose on the oval. It was a great way to expend all that pent-up energy.
All in all, our kids loved it. They could run and crawl to their heart’s desire, and age-appropriate equipment was a bonus. Our picnic set-up was ideal for the baby too, and he enjoyed fresh air and tummy time on the rug. Meanwhile, we mums could catch up surrounded by a gorgeous river setting.
Rocks Riverside Park is perfect for families; there’s plenty to explore and fun for every age group. Plus, it’s super accessible and great for outdoor exercise. The equipment is well-kept, and we even noticed an ice cream van!
And, of course, it’s completely free. Ideal for anyone looking for affordable, unrestrained, outdoor family fun.
By Annie Mayer-Rayment
Annie has been researching and writing her whole life. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Macquarie University in 2019. In 2022 she received a master’s degree from the University of Sydney. That same year, Annie joined the university of motherhood, welcoming her first baby in April.
Throughout her studies Annie has explored a range of topics across the arts and sciences. Her focus has been on cultural heritage and anthropology. In 2019 she received the Halder Chowdhury Prize for her research on Indigenous Rock Art in the Sydney Basin. However, no task has proved as challenging as raising a little human.
Annie now enjoys exploring all things baby and postpartum, and writing informative pieces for her fellow mums.