Brisbane is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and to be honest, she’s been tempting us lately with blue skies and brisk mornings and toasty sunshine filled afternoons. Yep, spring is in the air and it’s got us itching to get outdoors and explore Brisbane all over again.
So with that in mind, here are our five fave spots to explore Brisbane (and they’re even Bugaboo friendly).
New Farm Park
If you live in Brisbane and you’re yet to make tracks to New Farm Park in New Farm, what have you been doing? This sprawling river-side spot is perfect for lazing about in the Brisbane sun with a picnic or getting your steps up with adorable walking trails, ample space for Frisbee throwing and in general, so much room for activities. There’s so much to see at New Farm Park: from maze like rose gardens to hidden pockets of gardens and river-side grassy spots, you and the family will have an all-round epic time here.
JC Slaughter Falls
Despite the not so family friendly name, JC Slaughter falls is bags of family friendly fun. We swear. There’s a grassy space perfect for picnics that also acts as the launch pad for a few great bush walks. This area is never really too busy, so you won’t end up in any barneys over who gets the best spot, which is always great. The Aboriginal Art trail is perfect for kids as it’s a little easier on the old feet (read: not as hilly) and takes less than half an hour to complete. The actual falls themselves are dry for most of the year, but this spot is pretty picturesque regardless. There’s a lookout here where you can get the best view in the house of the falls and, stunning aboriginal art along the way. Once you’ve mastered this Brisbane walking track feel free to keep exploring, there are a whole heap of walks and picnic spots on Mount Coot-tha that are prime for the picking.
Downfall Creek at McDowall is a pretty cool spot, in both senses of the word. And it’s especially cool if you have kids. There are outdoor games, grassy breakout areas, and a basketball court, but the fun doesn’t end there though, folks. There’s also a plethora of walking tracks through Raven Street Reserve, which are 10/10 on the child friendly scale too—and, wheelchair friendly, FYI—with lots of fun stops with information. Learning, exercise, and adventure all crammed into one spot?
Just over a half hour drive from Brisbane lies Mt Nebo and its expanse of walking trails, rainforests and a load of secret spots here and there. In short: it’s the best. Boombana is home to an off road picnic area (including an open fire pit!) and the starting point for a few epic walking trails. Our pick, though, is the Pitta track. It’s gently sloping and well shaded from the rainforest canopy up above which makes it perfect for a child or not-so-fit adult (read: us).
Tangalooma is breathtaking. Dolphins, ship wrecks, crystal clear water, whales, and hidden beaches await. So, get over there already, why don’t you? With a whole heap of walks to do, secret beaches to discover, and dolphins to be feed, we say start planning your adventure now. Bonus points for being great for youngins’ with Bugaboo’s sand accessibility.
Image credit: Victoria Cranstoun at New Farm Park
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