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Brisbane’s New Victoria Park Will Include Wetlands, Rope Courses And Rockpools

By Ranyhyn Laine – who always has time to go to breakfast, no matter how busy she is.

a render of a water play area
a render of an adventure playground
a render of a tree house overlooking the city
a render of an aerial view of the park
a render of a large treehouse structure rising out of the parklands
a render of a water play area
a render of an adventure playground
a render of a tree house overlooking the city
a render of an aerial view of the park
a render of a large treehouse structure rising out of the parklands

If you haven’t heard the news that Brisbane’s Victoria Park Golf Course is being transformed into an epic inner city green space to rival New York’s Central Park, you must have been hiding under a rock. But if you have, and you’ve been waiting with bated breath to find out just what the park is going to look like, boy do we have some daydream material for you. 

After revealing their Barrambin (Victoria Park) vision way back in 2020 and getting community feedback on the Draft Master Plan last year, Brisbane City Council have finally revealed the Final Master Plan—complete with animated fly throughs and maps—for what Brisbane’s massive new park development will look like when it comes to life. After a few conceptual ideas, a heap of comments and thoughts from local residents and some early renderings, the overwhelming response from Brisbane locals was that we all want to get back to nature in creative ways—and it looks like that's just what we're going to have the chance to do. 

render of a boardwalk through a wetland

Features of the park that have us wanting to fast forward to the eventual opening are active experiences like mountain biking trails, a high ropes course through the trees, adventure playground, treehouse and lookout, community edible garden and plenty of boardwalks and running trails. Water will be a huge element of the new green space, with plans for extensive wetlands and natural water holes as well as a water gully where kids (and big kids) can splash about on stepping stones. An off-leash water play area for dogs is also on the cards, so tell your furry friends they've got something to look forward to.

a render of a high ropes course and mountain biking trail

In the Master Plan, the council has also outlined their plan for acknowledging and celebrating the cultural heritage, history and significance of the site to local indigenous people, which will be reflected in design elements, learning experiences and discovery trails, not to mention place names, traditional spaces and cultural programs. An arrival space will provide a welcoming and inclusive space that provides a gathering place, information about the park and its history, while the park’s landscapes will celebrate the seasons and support education and cultural knowledge sharing.

children in rockpools in front of a massive fig tree

We could go on for hours about what else the Master Plan includes, including healing/sensory gardens, sporting facilities, accessible and inclusive play spaces, shared bike stations and ample transport options, but we'll just let you read it for yourself, which you can do on the Brisbane City Council website right here.

Construction on all of the above isn't going to be completed for years yet, but the park is already open to the public—though it's mostly just green grass and trees at the moment. Still, if you're looking for a new wide open spot for a picnic, you're bound to find plenty of space here. 

Meanwhile, have you found this Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacle course

Image credit: Brisbane City Council

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