THINGS TO DO: Brisbane's BEST free water play parks

03 October 2018

The warmer weather is here and what better way to spend the long sunny days than to get outdoors with the kids! Here are some of the best FREE water play parks and playgrounds Brisbane has to offer!

These parks and playgrounds have plenty of shaded areas, but it’s always important to remember to bring along sunscreen, rash shirts, hats and plenty of water for you and the kids!

Riverside Green Playground


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A great water play area in South Brisbane, featuring state-of-the-art play equipment. This playground is easily accessible from the city and anywhere via public transport and is lit up during the evenings. With plenty of picnic tables and barbecues, this the perfect spot to bring the family for a fun day out.

South Brisbane QLD 4101

Rocks Riverside Park

Rocks Riverside Park is an ideal place for the kids to cool down after a big day of playing. Featuring a climbing net and flying fox, this playground has a big water play area including big concrete play stream where you can run through the water fountains. There is a separate fenced toddler playground, barbecues, toilets and plenty of grassed areas with shade.

5 Counihan Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073


Settlement Cove Lagoon

Featuring a fenced off pool area made specially for young children, mushroom fountains and squirting lizards and plenty of shade, Settlement Cove Lagoon is perfect for families. The sandy bays along the edges of the main lagoon have shallow water, making it perfect for little ones. The water gets deeper as you go in, making it fun for the more competent swimmers to be able to the island in the middle of the lagoon.
With barbeques, picnic areas, toilets and showers, and lifeguards on patrol in the summer months, you can bring the whole family for a day of fun!
39 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe

W.Poole Playground

W Poole Playground

The Wynnum Wading Pool the Wynnum Kids Water Park and W. Poole Park are all side by side and provide plenty of variety when it comes to swimming and playing!
The Wynnum water park is a great park for water play, the whales that are covered with rubber matting squirt out water randomly and the kids will love jumping and running from one whale to the next to wait for the squirt. The playground has great equipment to keep little imaginations going for hours.

119 Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum QLD 4178

Orion Lagoon

Located in the Robelle Domain Greater Springfield’s Central Parkland, this amazing interactive playground offers a water park with water falls, water cascades and a range of water play areas. With plenty of shady areas, bring a picnic and enjoy the scenic and interactives spaces The Robelle Domain has to offer.

155 Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield Central QLD 4300

Darlington Parklands

Darlington Parklands

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Darlington Parklands features an amazing water play area, with shallow pools and fountains, a climbing dome and multi-swing, a fort and climbing wall, and a sand pit and musical wall for the toddlers. A great place for kids to burn some energy and cool down. With barbeque facilities and lots of shady areas, make a day of it with the whole family.

Yarrabilba QLD 4207


Riverheart Parklands and Bob Gamble Park

Dubbed one of the best children's aquativity park in the west, Riverheart Parklands has state of the art zero depth water park, which can be found along the banks of the Bremer river close to Ipswich town center.

The water play area presents a group of stepping stones through a mini valley of streams, a terraced water zone and zero depth pool which children can splash around in, slide or even ride bikes through and along with the mini fountains and interactive water pumps, flying fox, climbing spider and swings - this playground is a haven for children!

20 Bremer St, Ipswich QLD 4305


Aquativity visitbrisbane

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Located in the heart of Brisbane's South Bank, Aquativity is an interactive water-play park specially designed for families and children to enjoy the outdoors.

Referencing the Brisbane river, Aquativity features educational play elements, aiming to create an understanding of the water cycle and its preservation. There is a focus on highlighting the native fish and mammal species (mullet and dugong) and the interesting pattern of the river catchments and the importance of our relationship to the river.

With barbeque facilities, public toilets, plenty of parking and a café nearby, you can bring the whole family and spend the day having fun – and as an added bonus there’s free WIFI! Contact the South Bank Visitor Centre 07 3156 6366 for lifeguard patrol hours.

Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank Visitor Centre, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101


Splash ‘n’ Play Adventure Park and Forty West Café

splash n play ipswich

The water play area has a toddler section with gentle wiggly fountains, squirts and spurts, streams and puddles and the bigger kids can enjoy the aqua arch, spiral sprayer, the gusher, wavy wand and hula post.

There is also a great playground, with fully equipped with giant slides extending down from a sky tower, an elevated sky walk for the adventurous, a flying fox, seesaw, spinners and swings, it’s a playground perfect for big and little kids. There is also a cafe so you can enjoy a cup of coffee as the kids play!

Providence Estate, 6 Amity Way, Ripley, QLD 4306


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