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Captain Burke Park – Underneath the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point!

One of the most beautiful spots for Brisbane families – an oasis inside the hustle and bustle of the city! Have you been to Captain Burke Park?

Panoramic views up close and personal with the Brisbane River

I remember the first time I went to Captain Burke Park as a little girl. I remember playing on the swing and being hypnotised by the way the sun reflected off the shine of the river and the glass of the big office buildings. The open blue sky above me and the gorgeous curves of the Story Bridge arching off into the distance. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

Doesn’t that sound like the kind of memory you’d like your children to have?

Captain Burke Park in Kangaroo Park is a small, perfectly balanced playground with all the bells and whistles you’d expect of any normal suburban play spot. It’s got a nautical theme, plenty of space for a picnic blanket and a couple of tables and BBQ’s. What is has over other spots, however, is the position.

How do I get to Captain Burke Park?

It can be a little complicated if you’ve not been down that side of the Story Bridge before. You’ll be driving around near the base of the Kangaroo Point cliffs and the Story Bridge Hotel so it can get a little tricky to negotiate. Our tip is to DEFINITELY use your GPS. The address is 117 Holman St, Kangaroo Point.

Drive as if you’re going to go over the Story Bridge (from south to north) but stay in the far left side. There will be a slip-road prior to the bridge starting. That’s your access point.

captain burke park facilities

What facilities are available for Brisbane families at Captain Burke Park?

As previously mentioned, it’s fairly basic. It’s accessible for prams and wheelchairs and there are toilets and a drinking tap available. There’s a cool ship kids can climb up, swings (including a disability swing), a rowboat, a merrygo round and some activity boards.

Bike tracks connect here and you can ride them all the way to South Bank Parklands. Car parking in the surrounding streets is quite limited so factor a well-timed arrival into your plans.

Play with a view – Captain Burke Park in Kangaroo Point

If you’ve not been here before it’s truly something you won’t soon forget. Allow the kids to play while you sit and watch the boats go by. This can also be a gorgeous spot for watching fireworks and festivals so keep that in mind as well! Have fun!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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