Anderson Gardens is the largest of Townsville's botanic gardens, offering 25 hectares of fauna and flora to explore. Wander through the collection of garden displays or find a shady spot to sit back and relax.
Centrally located in Mundingburra, the Garden contains fine specimens of tropical trees, palms and Pandanus. The World Cycad Garden, Grand Avenues and Tropical Orchard are of particular note. A representative collection of Cape York Peninsula rainforest specimens is displayed along with native plants and flora of the dry tropical regions of the world. Anderson Gardens were named in appreciation of the work of William Anderson, City of Townsville's first Curator of Parks from 1878 to 1934.
Anderson Gardens is a quiescent beauty amongst Townsville's abundant natural attractions.
The Gardens are open to the public between sunrise and sunset. Gates will be closed at other times.
Why not spend a lazy Sunday on the Broadwater and visit Harley Park? Harley Park is truly one of the greatest parks on the Coast. Magical Broadwater views, a fantastic ship themed kids playground and heaps of shaded picnic tables make this a popular location for local residents.
Bring along a picnic rug and relax under the shady trees. There are two playgrounds, with the nautical themed ship playground to the south, and the climbing inspired playground with poles, ropes, ladders and a flying fox to the north. The kids will be kept happy with two very different play options!
No trip to the Broadwater is complete without a swim! The Ian Dipple Lagoon is even flood lit in the evenings! The sandy areas are perfect for building sandcastles and frolicking along the foreshore. For those keen fishermen, the area also provides access to a boat ramp and fishing spots.
They are privileged to call home parks such as Harley, where families can spend an entire day out, with lots of fun and activities for all ages. Go on, get out there and enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast weather they all share!
Relax and enjoy the beautiful Orchid House, intricately placed in the historic Queens Park gardens, boasting a broad collection of unique and exquisite orchids.
With about 25,000 species the fascinating orchid family (Orchidaceae) is the largest group of flowering plants in the world and over 3,000 new hybrids are added every year.
The Orchid House is one of the largest and finest orchid display houses in Australia. Built in 1988, the orchids are displayed in a natural type-setting around circular walkways. Stroll through the large collection of stunning orchids in all shapes and sizes, from the bizarre to exotic looking.
The Orchid House displays over hundreds of varieties of orchids on show including native and tropical orchids from all over the world. The seasonally changing display, which is rotated between the Orchid House and the Council Nursery ensure a broad range of orchids are on show all year round.
Pizzey Park is a haven for sports lovers! No matter your age or interest, there is sure to be a sport to suit you in the Pizzey Park precinct.
There is a multitude of sports on offer including rugby league, rugby union, tennis, swimming, softball, netball, an athletics track, gymnastics and many more. Numerous clubs operate in Pizzey Park, which is a hub of activity every afternoon and weekend. There is even a skate and BMX park sure to keep the teens entertained! Each afternoon and weekend, this state of the art park is full of aspiring skaters and BMX riders.
Dogs are also catered for, with an off leash area and a dog exercise facility. This dog park is known as one of the best on the Coast, treat your pooch today! The walker and jogger are not excluded, with fantastic looped pathways winding through the park, perfect for a stroll or run.
Take a wander through the Pizzey Park sporting area and just listen to the hum of Gold Coasters getting energised and active each afternoon and weekend!
Brisbane will come at you with riverside vistas around almost every corner, but it takes a short drive from the city centre and a few twists and turns up Sir Samuel Griffith Scenic Drive to find the city's best angle.
Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha provides a remarkable vantage point to view Brisbane and beyond.
Set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and nestled in the natural bushland of Brisbane Forest Park, is the Summit Restaurant and Bar, Function Centre, Kuta Cafe, Gift Shop and Observation Deck. Interpretive facilities pointing out well-known Brisbane landmarks are located on the observation deck. On a clear day, you can take in striking views of Brisbane City and right out to Moreton Bay. By night, the spectacle switches on with the city lights and star-lit skies.
There are also a handful of bushwalks around the vicinity of the Lookout. Take the Aboriginal Track down to Slaughter's Falls and keep your eye out for some original Aboriginal art. Mt Coot-tha is also scattered with picnic areas fully equipped with gas barbecues.
Located right on the foreshore, Justins Park is a great location for kids and adults alike. There are many picnic tables and park bench seats aplenty. Make a day of it and bring a picnic, or grab some fish and chips and soak in the Burleigh atmosphere.
The kids playground in Justins Park is a favourite with the littlies - all the traditional favourites are there such as swings, slides and climbing, as well as a balance beam, spinning tea cup and more!
The Oceanway through Justins Park is a hub of activity. It is a locals favourite, with the wide pathways perfect for joggers, bikes and prams. This two kilometre walk also has five kiddies parks conveniently positioned at intervals!
The area just to the north of Justins Park comes alive each Monday and Wednesday morning. Over 100 residents enjoy this free Council Active and Healthy activity from 8.30am - come along and join in, and experience the relaxation and energy of tai chi.
The Justins Park and Burleigh Esplanade park areas are always a hub of activity - get out and about and join in today!
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are amongst the oldest public gardens in Queensland. Entry to the gardens and zoo is FREE. They open daily from 6am to 6pm. Located within the Gardens is the Rockhampton Zoo. It is home to over 50 species of native animals from across Australia and exotic animals from around the world! Its the perfect place for families to see animals in their natural surroundings. The Gardens Tearooms is the café nestled under the 150 year old Banyan Figs and offer a range of meals and refreshments as well as catering for special events. Indoor and outdoor dining options are available. The Japanese Gardens provide tranquillity and peace, while the Cenotaph honours our Australian soldiers.
The reflective memorial boardwalk and its gateway gallery entry are the focal point to 'The Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk'. The walkway is intended as an emotional reflective experience and provides a timeline of WW1's many major battles of war. The gateway and orientation gallery contains interpretive works telling the stories of how the war began, the story of Gallipoli, the legend of ANZAC, the details of the Gallipoli campaign, the Somme, Fromelle, the Lone Pine battle and many more of these extraordinary campaigns.
The smell is what hits you first at the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park. The garden is planted with more than 1,500 roses , with many more to be established in the years to come.
This rosarium is being continually upgraded as a living memorial to the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs. One of the cities most successful community projects, the Garden is both beautiful and well maintained by residents and volunteers contributing donations or in-kind support.
The garden's major planting are from the floribunda, hybrid tea, David Austin and climbing rose varieties. Of special interest are the Titian and Carabella roses, which were bred in Toowoomba and are just two of the Reithmuller Roses.
The historic Newtown Park is bounded by Holberton, Taylor, Tor and Pottinger Streets. Of special interest to historians is the Entrance Pavilion off Holberton Street where the history of the park and its people since 1912, and the history of roses, is displayed on brass plaques.
Instrumental in constructing the garden, the Friends of the State Rose Garden in Newtown Park volunteer 50 to 70 hours per week, depending on the season, for maintenance of the roses.
The Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park Complex is located just off the main highway that runs through town with ample parking for cars, caravans and motorhomes. This is a perfect place to stop and take a break on your journey. It has something for the whole family - with a playground for the kids, amenities and a shaded picnic/barbecue area set in the beautiful parkland. Stretch your legs and go for a 10 minute walk up the lookout past the unique water feature and take in the spectacular panoramic view of Cloncurry and the surrounding rugged landscape. Enjoy the free outdoor display featuring historic mining, rail and farm equipment including a unique 1941 Ford V8 Rail Ambulance which was used when roads were impassible. The former Visitor Information Centre was originally the Oona Police Station building, which was then moved to Dobbyn and again moved to Mary Kathleen as a police station. After the mine shut down and the town dismantled, it was relocated to its current site and used as the Visitor Information Centre until 2013. The park also incorporates the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum.
The Burdekin Diorama is a shady location to stretch your legs and discover the Burdekin's rich heritage. Easy to find, it's an interesting stop with pleasant surrounds.
The Burdekin delta sits atop an amazing resource - the aquifer, a ground source of fresh water replenished by the Burdekin River. The Burdekin Diorama explains this managed system through maps, photos, diagrams and charts.
Excellent resources and hard working people are what it takes to make a region prosper and the Burdekin district knows the good fortune of both. The local sugar cane industry, with its original hand cane cutters, plays a major role in the area's history and prosperity. The Burdekin Diorama provides a glimpse into the journey of the Burdekin's sugar cane industry. Five stainless steel informational panels shine a further light on the people, events and work that impacted the region's history.
The Burdekin Diorama is located near Home Hill's Inkerman Sugar Mill, on the southern side of the Burdekin River Bridge and is just over an hour’s drive south of Townsville.
Sarina is situated 36 kilometres south of Mackay and 300 kilometres north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway. The Historical Centre is part of the 'Field of Dreams' complex on the southern outskirts of the township.
The Historical Centre is the former St Anne's Catholic Convent building. The building was built in 1923 as a Presbytery for the Catholic Priest in Sarina but when the first group of Sister's of Mercy were appointed to the town in 1925 the building became the Convent. A number of additions have been made to the original building so that they could take in boarders.
On 19 January 2001 it was relocated to its present site at the 'Field of Dreams' and renovated to become the Historical Centre.
Visitors can see the Historical Centre and view some important facts about this district for example gold mining, sugar, animal, coal, and rail industries to checking out about the lost Phoenicians as well as numerous other displays.
If required, morning tea can be provided for group bookings or bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. An electric barbecue is provided for your convenience.
Don't miss sweeping panoramic views from Toowoomba's heritage-listed Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland - 160-acres perched high on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, overlooking Main Range and the Lockyer Valley. And if you've been before, visit again because no two days are the same!
An avenue of mature hoop pines (Auracaria cunnninghamii) and South Queensland kauris (Agathis robusta) leads to manicured lawns and spectacular escarpment views. Pre-pack a picnic or use the free barbecues and find a quiet patch of grass under a bunya tree, or stop by the cafe and restaurant and take in the views over a coffee or a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's the perfect spot for birdwatching, quiet contemplation or ticking off a bucket-list Toowoomba selfie.
The kids will love the playground and the weekend children's train. Stretch your legs on the well signed escarpment walking trails - from an easy stroll to the nearby waterfall, to the hour-long Firetail Trail circuit or the challenging Table Top Mountain climb - a beautiful sunrise adventure!
The lower section of the park can also be accessed via Tobruk Memorial Drive and is another ideal location for impressive vistas, picnics or a barbecue....
Located in the heart of the Gold Coast city, Evandale Parklands surround the Home of The Art (HOTA) precinct and is the perfect location for a stroll, picnic or even a swim. There’s a playground for the children while the adults can enjoy free exercise equipment stations located around the park. The parklands also offer beautiful views of the Nerang River as well as the Surfer Paradise skyline.
The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public university located in state of Queensland of Australia. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest and largest university in Queensland and the fifth oldest in Australia. The main campus is located in the suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane City Central Business District. The University of Queensland is a member of the Australia's Group of Eight, and the international research-intensive universities network Universitas 21. UQ is colloquially known as a "sandstone university" and is ranked among the top universities in Australia and the top one per cent in the world.
The 114-hectare St Lucia Campus features gardens, public walkways, bike tracks and three large lakes. This creates a beautiful environment for visitors and attracts dozens of bird species and native wildlife such as possums and brush turkeys.
The university also plays host to a number of museums, including The James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre Art Museum. Today, with more than 3,000 artworks, the University's Art Collection is Queensland's second largest public art collection.
If you love nature and especially bird watching, these wetlands are a must. Positioned on the Albert River, they are home to more than 200 native Australian bird species, including 19 of the 24 Australian raptors and almost half of the bird species found in Queensland. Explore melaleuca wetlands, a freshwater lake, woodland and cane fields to spot them....
Discover the tranquility of one of Toowoomba's most peaceful and beautiful parks - the 4.5 hectare Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland. Ju Raku En roughly translates as 'to enjoy peace and longevity in a public place'
Located on the northern side of the campus, it's Australia's largest, most traditionally designed Japanese stroll garden.
Its elements of mountain stream and waterfall, Dry Garden, central lake, Azalea Hill, 3km of paths, 230 species of Japanese and Australian native trees and plants, and lawns combine in seamless and restful harmony.
Japanese gardens emphasise the use of rocks to create three dimensional pictures. All of the large rocks in Ju Raku En were placed by the garden's designer, Professor Kinsaku Nakane of Kyoto, to appear naturally dispersed in a random way.
Visitors stroll through the garden or relax on the seat near the Dry Garden; it's not uncommon to see photographers out early, artists quietly painting a scene or children feeding bread to the fish. Bird species include swans, ducks, geese and smaller natives. Japanese maples provide a riot of autumn colour, while in spring masses of lilac blossoms hang from the Wisteria Pergola - the perfect backdrop for a wedding.
Relax as you meander through an oasis like no other within Queensland’s Central Highlands. The Emerald Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise providing the perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll or an early morning walk.
Situated on the banks of the Nogoa River, the Emerald Botanic Gardens are the only botanic gardens located within the Central Western District of Queensland. Covering an area of 42 hectares (420,000 square metres) the gardens provide residents and visitors with not only a place to relax and unwind, but also an opportunity to gain further insight into the region's natural environments.
Established in 1987 by the Emerald Shire Council and local residents Lawrie and Myra Stanton, the Gardens are home to 12 different themed plant communities, most representing plant species that are native to the region.
Cardwell Foreshore looks over the Great Barrier Reef coast and Hinchinbrook Island. At the northern end is Coral Sea Memorial Park, depicting WWII Battle of the Coral Sea and featuring a family playground. Interpretive signs share details of the flora, fauna, culture and history of Cardwell as the path winds along to the south.
A popular walk, or bicycle ride half-way along is Dugong Park and the Jetty Plaza. Families enjoy the, playground, barbecues, public toilets and shaded area with views. Nearby a variety of cafes offer local tastes and refreshments. With exercise equipment along the way Cardwell Foreshore has a very well-positioned viewing telescope looking out across Rockingham Bay to the variety of Islands. If you are lucky you may even spot dugong, dolphin, or even a crocodile.
Further along the path are the Bagu – Aboriginal artwork based on the traditional fire story of the Girramay people. Dated 1865, next are the original jetty pylons from the oldest port north of Bowen, adjacent is Cardwell’s Visitor and Heritage Centre.
Continuing south Colleen McLaughlin park features interpretive signs recording the marine life of the bay. The path includes a wetlands walk amongst the mangroves and local shore birds.
Whilst no accommodation or camping options will be available in the short term, the Dam is open for day use only 6am-6pm, with fishing and boating activities available to visitors. Bjelke-Petersen Dam is expected to return to full operation by August 2020.
Bjelke-Petersen Dam, also known as Lake Barambah or BP Dam, is just 15 kilometres from Murgon, at Moffatdale in the South Burnett. It is a popular and well-equipped area for recreational freshwater fishing, birdwatching, boating, picnicking and camping / caravanning. Picnic areas, barbecues, a general store, a caravan and recreation park and a boat ramp with a large car park make this the ideal place to relax for a day or extended stay.
Bjelke-Petersen Dam covers 2,500 hectares, and holds 1,450,000 megalitres of water, which is used for irrigation and water supply to the towns of Murgon and Cherbourg.
Koalas, wallabies and kangaroos can be seen around the lake while the birdlife includes black swans, ducks, pelicans and cormorants.
Bjelke-Petersen Dam is a popular fesh water fishing spot. A stocked impound permit is required to fish. The dam is routinely stocked with Golden Perch (or Yellowbelly), Australian Bass and Silver Perch and you can also catch red claw (no permit required). Yallakool Camping and Recreation Park offers a number of accommodation options from powered and unpowered camp sites to cabins and villas....
Riverside is home to many of Queensland’s best maintained and finest heritage buildings. This combination of natural beauty and rich and majestic heritage has recently been redeveloped into a community meeting and celebration space the equal of any in Australia. The redevelopment includes cooling landscape features, unique activity areas for the young and young at heart and new public art that celebrates the local community.
The new Boathouse Pier restaurant expands out over the mighty Fitzroy River and is the perfect place to relax for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The water jets on the lower bank provide great entertainment for families and are a great way to cool down. The Fitzroy Adventure Playground is the must do adventure in the region.
In Riverside is also the pride of place for the Rockhampton River Festival held in July each year. Over several days the city riverside is transformed into a celebration of food, music and several unique pop up experiences that are rarely found outside the capital cities. A separate annual food and wine festival and regular riverside markets and events help activate the space year round....
Open seven days a week located in the heart of Brisbane city, Roma Street Parkland is an oasis of designer gardens and sprawling lawns that wind around 16 hectares of stunning parkland.
Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also a popular visitor destination, housing free barbecues, picnic spots, two playgrounds and a year-round calendar of events.
Join one of the leisurely and informative guided walks leaving from The Hub twice daily or maybe hop onto the Parkland Explorer, the trackless train for an exciting journey through the parkland's misty fern gully, past rocky peninsulas and meadows.
The consumption of alcohol is permitted, provided it is with a substantial meal in two designated areas – Celebration and Lakeside Precincts, from 10am to 8pm daily.
Dogs are welcome in the Parkland but must remain on a lead at all times, must not be one of Brisbane City Council’s identified dangerous dog breeds and provided you clean up after them. The only space dogs are not permitted is the Spectacle Garden. Please note that this rule does not apply to assistance dogs.
Lake Alford Recreational Park is located at the southern entry into Gympie. At the entrance to the park is the "Goldminer's Monument" which commemorates the gold miners who saved Queensland. Gold was discovered in Gympie in 1867 at a time when Queensland was in severe economic depression.
The park has wonderful facilities including all abilities playground, barbecue facilities, public amenities, Visitor Information Centre, off the leash dog park, and plenty of off street parking for caravans and RVs.
An abundance of bird life at the park is evident with feeding of the ducks a favourite activity for the kids. On the first, third and fifth Sunday of each month the Gympie Museum Markets are held. Located on the north eastern edge of the park is the Gympie Gold Mining Museum which also has a cafe attached.
The original bushranger hideout for 'Thunderbolt' who roamed the New England Tableland.
Donnelly's Castle is a granite rock formation that you can walk between, around and over! The massive boulders are just as spectacular as some of the rock formations in Girraween National Park, and is far more accessible for young adventurers.
This rock formation, which you will find a short drive out of Stanthorpe near Pozieres, was named after Ned Donnelly, an early settler of the area. Now a crown recreation reserve, the area is maintained with picnic tables and barbecues. The site offers boulders to scramble over and hidden passageways to explore, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding area from the 200 metre walk to the top....
Established in 1870, Queens Gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in Townsville. Covering four hectares, the gardens are a lush green oasis set against the dramatic pink granite monolith of Castle Hill, offering a quiet, cool retreat from the nearby city centre.
The garden is divided into quadrants, each with a central fountain. Special areas include a formal rose garden, the Herb Society's garden, the annuals garden beds, the two small hedge mazes, a rainforest walk and the black bean (also known as Moreton Bay chestnuts) avenue. There is also a small aviary featuring peacocks, lorikeets and sulfur-crested cockatoos.
Located on the waterfront at the gorgeous Burnett Heads, this beautiful park offers plenty of space to run and play. For the kids there is a large climbing frame and a smaller playground. For the adults, sit back and enjoy the view of the pristine blue water whilst watching the kids play in the great outdoors. There is also a skate park in the vicinity.
This is also the start of the Turtle Trail walk which will take you all the way to Bargara - perfect for a walk or bike ride....
Pioneer Park is located in Townsville on the banks of the Ross River and Ross River Dam. The park provides recreational facilities and is a popular fishing location.
Facilities include sporting fields, picnic and barbecue areas. This park is also home to the Riverway Precinct, a major community facility with integrated facilities and attractions including retail, community, environmental and entertainment precincts.
The ideal location to launch your kayak, canoe, or tinnie, Leis Park is a much-loved water recreation and picnic spot on the banks of the North Pine River. With the D’Aguilar ranges as a picturesque back drop it’s certainly a great way to relax on a Sunday afternoon.
There is no denying that the picnic areas at Leis Park have the most stunning vantage point of the river. With barbecues on site, shade cover and tables, all you need to bring along is the food!
Park facilities include toilets, gas barbecue, gym equipment, playground, picnic shelters, table and chairs, lots of open space for parking and walkways....
Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast.
Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all. Onsite adventures make Thunderbird Park an exciting experience for every age group.
Find treasure filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth, play laser skirmish in the jungle, tackle the high ropes course at TreeTop Challenge, boost the adrenalin with a thrilling ride on the Canyon Flyer, enjoy a horse trail ride or play a round on the championship mini golf course.
Explore the natural bushland along the walking tracks and see hundreds of colourful birds. Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of Plato the Platypus. Enjoy breakfast with the birds, chill out on the Terrace or dine in style in the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar.
Take a break, enjoy the scenery and set up camp on the banks of Cedar Creek. All campsites have a fire pit and easy access to well-maintained amenities.
Thunderbird Park shares the rainforest property with Cedar Creek Lodges. Accommodation options range from contemporary rooms to stylish lodges and larger family holiday homes....
Located in Henry Street, Nanango, this attractive park, Reg McCallum Park, is named after the Mayor of the Nanango Shire, Reg McCallum, who has been the Mayor for over 25 years. The facilities include public toilets with wheelchair access, parenting rooms, free showers (need to get key from the South Burnett Visitor Information Centre - Nanango), playground, tables and chairs.
The South Burnett Visitor Information Centre - Nanango can also be found across the road, which provides services that include:- the Tarong Power Display, information on attractions, accommodation and businesses, as well as offering history research, a range of souvenirs and other goods.
Iluka Park is located on Binnington Esplanade at the ocean end of East Gordon Street, East Mackay. This area is commonly known as Town Beach by long-time residents of Mackay.
Some off-street car parking is available as well as on-street car parking. Several shelters are located throughout the park.
There are public amenities and an all abilities playground within the park. This all-abilities playground includes creative spaces such as a plant maze, a lookout and sand play area. It also incorporates a performance space featuring chimes and tom toms.
This master-planned activity hub is a great place to challenge family and friends to a fun game of basketball or tennis. There's also a fantastic skate park and exercise equipment if you're eager to keep the family moving. Afterwards, you can relax in the shade with a picnic or barbecue. There’s also play equipment for youngsters.
For over 50 years, the esplanade beach areas of Tannum Sands has served as the principal destination for passive and active beachside pursuits for the Gladstone Region. Located just 20 kilometres south of Gladstone on the Central Queensland coast, this coastal foreshore area provides individual pavillions which provide intimacy and cool, weather proof refuges which make the most of the ocean views.
Kids will enjoy the amazing playground and flying fox, grassed areas for playing footy and pathways to enjoy riding scooters and bikes. The adults haven't been forgotten either, with free gas barbecue facilities. There are also a number of beach showers and toilet blocks for public use - all within a few steps of Tannum Sands main beach.
If you're feeling energetic take a walk up the stairway to Peter's Park where you will be greeted with a spectacular view of the Esplanade and Beach.
Lifeguards patrol the beach from September to May each year. The Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club, located along Millennium Esplanade, is open to the public on weekends for meals and snacks.
As well as being the home to a number of Rugby League fields, Cribb Park provides some of the best river access in Ipswich.
A concrete boat ramp allows boat and canoe or kayak launching and there is plenty of room to wet a line from the bank if fishing is your thing.
Shady park shelters with barbecues make Cribb Park a great place for a day trip.
There are plenty of open grassed areas, recreational pathways and a well-equipped playground.
Dogs are also welcome in the fenced off-leash dog park area, which has a shelter and bags to make cleaning up after your furry family members easy and convenient.
Located just south of the Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club, Pratten Park is the perfect spot for a day out on the Gold Coast. This foreshore park offers a large shaded playground including a pedal powered monorail and pirate ship for hours of entertainment. There are barbecues, picnic shelters, accessible bathroom and showers. The park is dog friendly so refer to the relevant park map for ‘dog off leash’ and prohibited areas....
The kids will have a wonderful time at Kidspace in Chermside. There's an undercover bike play area as well as an imaginative playground, fairy tower and rocket control tower. Plus, there's a half court basketball area, a skating, BMX bike and rollerblading area, a cricket net or pitch and a rebound wall. A great facility for the family!
You'll find great views from Mount Wooroolin Lookout, just over four kilometres west of Kingaroy. Established in 1988 as a bicentennial project by Kingaroy Shire Council, the area features a grassed area with picnic tables and wood barbecues.
The elevated viewing platform offers 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside: Coolabunia Hill, the Bunya Mountains, Queensland's second oldest National Park and Tarong Power Station, which generates approximately one fifth of Queensland's power. To the northwest is pretty Gordonbrook Dam, the source of Kingaroy's water supply.
The ramp to the viewing platform is smooth for disabled access, but care needs to be taken, as it's quite steep. The nature reserve is 160 acres of endangered eucalypt woodland and dry vine forest. Bird watchers are often rewarded with sightings of Regent Bower Birds, Black Breasted Button Quail and Eastern Shrike-tit.
Visitors are advised to take care while ascending or descending the narrow sealed road to the top; it's not suitable for cars towing caravans or trailers....
Lagoon Creek on the outskirts of Barcaldine is a popular walking and birdwatching area. There are two kilometres of walking tracks which wind along the creek. You can see wildlife watering along the Lagoon Creek in the early morning or at dusk. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.
A picturesque retreat into nature seven kilometres from the Ipswich Central Business District is the peaceful Kholo Gardens at Pine Mountain. It's an unexpected delight to explore with its lush gardens, crystal clear lily pond, bush walks and open spaces. Giant Kauri trees and Hoop Pines planted by early settlers, rare birds and plants, and the nearby Brisbane River all make this a special place to spend some time. It's also a sacred site for the indigenous Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People.
At this subtropical haven, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the 400 metre walk through Tree Fern Lane under a natural rainforest canopy. The more energetic can try the steeper 800 metre Coal Creek Walk - aptly named seeing as the earliest recordings of coal in the area were made here in 1825.
Formerly the site of a water pumping station, Kholo Gardens has an historic well onsite as well as a charming little old church, relocated here in 1990 from Redbank. With that and a stunningly restored Queenslander nearby, you can see why this is a popular venue for weddings and other functions. There are also barbecues, picnic tables and public toilets.
Kingaroy's beautiful Memorial Park is located near the heart of town and is the major formal park in the Shire. The War Memorial is located in the park and is a band rotunda constructed of eight classical columns, supporting a frieze and a domed roof. The frieze contains the names of the areas where the armed forces fought in World War I. Sir Thomas William Glasgow dedicated the memorial on 29 June 1932. To the west of the rotunda is the Stone of Remembrance honouring those who served from World War I to Vietnam. All ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services are held there.
The park has extensive flower gardens, paved paths, modern play equipment, picnic tables, barbecue facilities (coin operated on William Street side) and amenities which also have disabled access. The park also offers an off leash area for dogs on the Alford Street side. It is also home to the annual Wine and Food in the Park Festival held each March.
The Kingaroy swimming pool is beside Memorial Park on William Street and this adds to making the park a pleasant place to stop and have a quiet break and relax while taking advantage of the facilities.