Cool Places

Orleigh Park

Located alongside the Brisbane River, Orleigh Park appeals to anyone wanting some time outdoors. Beautiful, big Moreton Bay figs line the park and provide plenty of shade for picnics and children to play.

Also named Froggy Park after the large frog and tongue slide, the facilities here include multiple playgrounds, BBQ and picnic shelters, water and public toilets. Transport to and from the park is easy, with street parking available, bus and citycat terminals at the park's end, and a bikeway throughout which connects to the city's bikeway. 

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are heritage-listed cliffs located at Kangaroo Point just across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD in Queensland, Australia. A popular recreation spot, they are conveniently close to the city and the South Bank Parklands. It can be reached by the Pacific Motorway, South-East Busway or a ferry to Thornton Street Wharf. The cliffs were formed after stone was quarried from the site and used in the construction of a number of local structures.

City Botanic Gardens

Being surrounded by the four densely populated suburbs of Carina Heights, Camp Hill, Coorparoo and Holland Park, it might be surprising for some to learn that Whites Hill Reserve is far more than just a pocket of green space in Brisbane's south-east.

Exploring this place makes it feel almost big enough to be a suburb in its own right, except instead of houses and roads you've got 53 acres of native bushland perfect for hiking, picnics and recreation and all just seven kilometres from the CBD.

The sheer size of the nature reserve makes it confusing to know where the best place to enter is, but judging by the signposts and main car park on Boundary Road in Camp Hill, this entrance is the most logical option. But that said, you can also enter the reserve from Pine Mountain Road in Holland Park, and Jones Road from Carina Heights.

 

Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

The Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha offers beautiful subtropical settings for any occasion.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. The 52 hectare gardens, located on Mt Coot-tha Road at Toowong, are open every day of the year

Mount Gravatt Lookout

Mt Gravatt Outlook Reserve is part of Toohey Forest Park and offers spectacular views of the city, surrounding suburbs, and on clear days, Moreton Bay Islands, the D'Aguilar Ranges and the Glasshouse Mountains.

Visitors can enjoy barbecues, picnicking, nature study, views and several kilometres of bush walking tracks and bike riding on designated trails.

There are a number of picnic areas within the park:

  1. Gertrude Petty Place - Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive off Shire Road, Mt Gravatt.
  2. Mt Gravatt Outlook picnic area - top of Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive off Shire Road, Mt Gravatt.
  3. Mayne Estate and Toohey picnic area - Toohey Road, Tarragindi.


 

Southbank Parklands

The Parklands at South Bank is a pristine haven of natural beauty, interspersed with chance discoveries.

Wander through the bougainvillea-covered Arbour and explore the cobbled laneways of Stanley Street Plaza before enjoying a spot of alfresco dining, or bring your own feast and relax at the picnic spots. Whatever the adventure you crave, the Parklands offers some of Brisbane’s best-kept secret. 
The River Quay Green is a perfect place to picnic and is licensed from 10 am - 8pm daily excluding large event days where no alcohol is allowed.