Little Stanley Street, Brisbane
A great interactive water park for children young and old, situated on Brisbane’s stunning South Bank. The water play elements such as fountains and tipping buckets are designed with references to the Brisbane River in mind and introduce children to the importance of the water cycle. Set amongst a beautiful landscape of small boulders, shady trees and a winding stream, this park is free, open every day and patrolled by lifeguards all year. There are plenty of toilets and changing amenities nearby. Head to Streets Beach for a swim to round off the day.
Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
The lagoon on the water front at Redcliffe is split into different areas: the younger children will enjoy the fenced off shallow pool area, with plenty of shade and play elements such as water fountains, while the main lagoon with its sandy bays is suitable for older kids. It is thoughtfully landscaped with a small island in the middle and little inlets to explore. Open all year and patrolled by lifeguards in the summer. There are a few toilets and limited changing areas, but plenty of space surrounding the lagoon to relax.
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Ian Kellar Drive, Springfield
Kids will love the range of water play elements here, including sprayers and sprinklers and a huge tipping pail, which makes an impressive centrepiece. For more water fun after splashing around in the park, head over to the man-made Orion Lagoon next door. It has a large swimming area, a shallow end for toddlers and lots of grass, perfect for a picnic spread. Open every day. Check out the impressive light shows at 7pm and 9pm daily.
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Harmony Crescent, South Ripley
Take the kids to cool down on a hot summer’s day at this fabulous water play and adventure park. There are areas for toddlers, complete with little fountains, streams and puddles, and the older kids will enjoy slightly more fast-paced water play with a spiral sprayer, big gusher and hula post. Once they’ve done splashing, get them running about on the awesome adventure park: an elevated skywalk, flying fox, and swings are just some of the things that they’ll find here. Open daily.
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Edith Street, Wynnum
The wading pool here fills with sea water at high tide, making a lovely safe oasis for little ones to splash around in. There is also a great little slide and water mounds in the shape of whales, spurting jets of water from their fountains! Plenty of space around the wading pool makes an ideal space to spread out and relax with a picnic. When the tide goes back out, the kids will love chasing the crabs along the shore. The wading pool is open all year round and the water play features open in the summer months.
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Darlington Drive, Yarrabilba
A lovely water park, that is well shaded and well maintained. The kids will love splashing in and out of the shallow pools and running in and out of the fountains while you relax on the vast area of grass. The area is truly interactive: the fountains run into little streams and then on into a bigger pond but kids can make a dam and see the water change course and gather speed as it gushes past. Open every day.
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Marine Parade, Southport
The Rockpools water play area has great water fountains and colourful water play elements that are maritime themed. It includes sprinklers, tidal rockpools that children can wade and splash in and shallow pool areas for the little ones. The playground is right next to the café so you can keep an eye on your kids while keeping dry. If the kids want to go swimming in deeper water, try the beach side enclosure by the bouncy pillow. The Rockpools is open daily.
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Noosa Marina, Tewantin
Perched on the bank of the glorious Noosa River, this water park may be small, but it is perfectly formed. Take a seat and watch the kids splash in the time-delay fountains in this safe, fully enclosed, well shaded park. The flooring represents the river running from Noosa Heads up past Lake Cootharaba. Treat yourself to a wander around the quaint Noosa Marina a short stroll away once the kids have had their fun. The water park is open daily and has lots of parking.
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Esplanade, Kings Beach, Caloundra
Overlooking the stunning Kings Beach is a large, salt water swimming pool. The pool is graded so it gets progressively deeper, but there are plenty of shallow spots for smaller kids to paddle and play. There is ample seating and shade to be found here so it’s easy to bring a picnic and make a day of it. Wander back towards the town centre slightly and you will find another water play spot, with fountains to run in and out of. Both areas are open daily.
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