The 6 Top Free Water Play Parks in Brisbane

  • Toddlers
    All Ages

By: Carolyn Tate, ellaslist
Nov 23, 2018

When the summer months hit (which, let’s face it, in Brisbane is about nine months of the year) there is nothing kids love more than water play. And there’s nothing us parents love more than keeping our kids happy without paying a red cent. Yay! You might have a favourite local water play park but why not mix things up a little and do a tour of the best water play parks Brisbane has to offer. Keep it fresh and fun – and free. Take a picnic lunch and there’s a fun day out for everyone.

Southbank Lagoon and Aquativity

It’s central, it’s huge and it’s super fun. Southbank is a great spot to go with the kids – there are pools for every swimming ability, including a lagoon where you can sit  comfortably in the shallows with the little ones. The sandy beach is patrolled, and there are lots of fun water features including a little Brisbane River that wends its way through the Brisbane suburbs, a tipping bucket and squirting fountains that pop out of the ground when you least expect it (stay alert if you’re fully clothed!).

Also at Southbank is a fantastic playground, loads of cafes and restaurants, and a boardwalk that you can follow all the way to West End or around to Kangaroo Point cliffs.

Website: Southbank
Where: Southbank Parklands, South Brisbane
When: Open 24 hours but call Southbank for patrol hours (07) 3156 6366

Settlement Cove Lagoon

Head north and you’ll find the incredible ocean-themed Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe, with slides and fountains, and a range of depths to suit every level of confidence in the water. There is also a graded entry so kids with a disability can enjoy the facilities too.

Website: Visit Moreton Bay
Where: Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
When: 7am to 6pm daily

Orion Lagoon and Robelle Domain, Springfield 

Springfield is a relatively new city but the great thing about that is its facilities are all new – and the water park is exceptional. Imagine fountains and water features galore with a café built right in the middle. There is also a massive park with heaps of shady spots for a picnic if that’s more your scene. And right next to all of that is Orion Lagoon, with plenty of room for swimming and lots of shady spots available.

Website: Robelle Domain 
Where: 155 Southern Cross Circuit, Springfield
When: Check current hours with venue

Wynnum Water Park 

Wynnum Water Park, also known as the Whale Park, has been a beloved spot for Brisbane families to head for water play fun for years. With its sea water pool, massive playground and fun water features (squirting whales to climb, anyone?), it’s easy to see why families head back year after year. It’s also right by the ocean, and you can get great fish and chips across the road. What more could you want?

Website: Brisbane City Council
Where: 173 Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum
When: All year round, 24 hours a day

Rocks Riverside Park 

Rocks Riverside Park is heaven for water-mad toddlers, with various fountains and wading pools – as well as lots of shade. If you have bigger kids that actually want to swim, you might want to try somewhere else though because there is no actual pool to speak of. But the playground is huge and it has a flying fox, climbing nets and a bike path.

Website: Brisbane City Council
Where: 531 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks
When: All year round, 24 hours a day

Splash ‘n’ Play Water Park, South Ripley

This state-of-the-art water park and adventure playground is off the hook. Older kids will love the giant twisty tube slides, a skywalk suspended above the ground, flying fox, and massive climbing spider net. Plus there are plenty of fountains and squirty features to thrill the littlies too. There is also a family-friendly cafe right next door and barbecues in the park.

Website: Splash n Play water park
Where: Harmony Crescent, South Ripley
When: 8am to 6pm daily 1 September to 31 March, and 10am to 4pm daily 1 April to 31 August

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Image credit: Settlement Cove