East Brisbane’s gracious memorial park on the river is bookended by a quaint historical croquet club and bowls club and features a World War I memorial, the remnants of a public swimming pool and avenue of palms. Its barbecues have views across to New Farm and make a more serene alternative to some of the sought after inner city spots. There’s also a bonus revamped playground.
Rocks Riverside Park
An old coral crushing plant and cement works once occupied the splendid waterfront site of the south side’s showcase park. Industrial relics of those days are scattered throughout like giant gothic sculptures and the modern well-maintained barbecues hold prime position down on the riverfront overlooking Indooroopilly island. This is a fab family spot with playgrounds, an aquativity zone, mini farm and bike tracks.
Head south from Manly and the sleepy hamlet of Lota is home to a fantastic waterfront park, once Lota Camping Grounds. As well as bike and walking paths and a first class playground for all ages, overlooking the bay are some white timber barbecue pavilions that make it worth a visit alone.
At the northern tip of the Sandgate peninsula just before the Hornibrook Highway bridge is this local’s favourite park, a grassy waterfront reserve that incorporates a quirky sea-themed playground, dog park and where the all important barbecues come with their own rustic pavilions and take pride of place with sea vistas.
JC Slaughter Falls
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