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REVIEW: Colmslie Beach Reserve – Is this Brisbane’s best park?

There are a lot of contenders for Brisbane’s best playground and park. Have we found it in Colmslie Beach Reserve?

Colmslie Beach Reserve

First things first. Here’s what you need to know.

Colmslie Beach Reserve feature

Colmslie Beach Reserve is in Murrarie, located off Lytton Road. There isn’t much other stuff around here and you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere when you’re driving in. Don’t let that put you off – it’s definitely part of its charm.

A long, winding driveway leads you down to ample parking along and around a tree-lined avenue. Ancient boughs stretch right up, giving the entire area a soft, natural shaded covering. This is a huge space so it’s perfect for that southside birthday party you’ve been starting to plan or that big meet up with friends. It’s also ideal for just a casual family play. This is a really versatile space.

The playground

The playground itself is everything you’re looking for to entertain young kids.

It’s got everything. There are the hollowed-out bones of what looks like an old pirate ship complete with arpeggio pedal notes. (Kids can push down on the bottom of the poles to play notes that go in ascending order around the ship.)

colmslie beach reserve ship
colmslie beach reserve notes

There are two HUGE concrete fish that are spread out across the playground. Your kids can climb all over and inside these structures. There’s a slide on the orange fish and the blue fish is the perfect hidey-hole cubby.

colmslie beach reserve orange fish
colmslie beach reserve blue fish

A big sandpit complete with diggers and tippers is great for the tiny tots, while the older kids can wear themselves out running a wooden obstacle course.

colmslie beach reserve obstacles

A large slide at the north end of the playground is right next to an awesome flying fox (full disclosure – the mum writing this would NOT GET OFF it, it was so much fun). Behind the blue fish, you’ll find an interesting swing set up with five swings all facing into the middle. Perfect for a gang of giggling kids to play on.

colmslie beach reserve swings

Racing all around the playground area (which is huge and, for the most part, fenced) you’ll find the perfect scooter and bike track. Letters and numbers trace around the pathways and there are also stepping stones to jump between. Finally, there are a number of hills inside the playground area perfect for racing up and tumbling down.

colmslie beach reserve slide

Colmslie Beach Reserve seriously has the best playground we’ve found. Expect the kids to wear themselves out completely. There are so many different things to do for all levels of age and ability.

The facilities at Colmslie Beach Reserve

The area is wheelchair accessible – including the (well kept) public bathrooms. There are a number of picnic tables and BBQ set ups as well as ample space to spread out a picnic blanket.

Further down the driveway at Colmslie Beach Reserve you’ll find an awesome off-leash dog area, complete with agility course. Dogs can also access the river here! (Please note – dogs are NOT permitted in the Colmslie Beach Reserve playground – this is a separate area)

The beach

Walk towards the water after you’re done playing for one of the best parts of this little-known spot.

colmslie beach reserve stairs

Follow the stairs down to the shoreline. Here you can access Brisbane River in a way that you’ve probably not seen before. You can see across the Eat Street Markets and marvel at the size and scope of the Gateway Bridge.

colmslie beach reserve beach

This is a spot where you can do a little fishing, a little splashing and build sandcastles right in the heart of the Brisbane River. There are delightful mangroves that are almost a playground in and of themselves – perfect for kids who like to climb trees. 

colmslie beach reserve mangroves

The beach here stretches for about a hundred meters or so. Make sure that if you’re eating down here that you take your rubbish back up with you – this is a special little spot and it would be a shame to treat it poorly.

Is Colmslie Beach Reserve Brisbane’s BEST park and playground?

colmslie beach reserve view

What are your thoughts? Can your local playground beat Colmslie Beach Reserve? Let us know and we’ll check it out too!

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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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