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REVIEW: Ferny Grove Aqua Splash Park – A Splashing Good Time!

If you are lucky enough to live on the northside, you will know Ferny Grove Splash Park. If not, I have news for you! We have just reviewed another great Brisbane playground to add to our list!

Where is Ferny Grove aqua splash park?

The Ferny Grove Splash Park is at 1200 Samford Rd, Ferny Grove (Cnr Samford Rd and Upper Kedron Rd)

The Turrbul people are the traditional custodians of the land on which Ferny Grove Splash Park sits on.

Open hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm. The park closes once a year for maintenance.

Tell me about the splash park

This great aquatic playground is situated between two busy roads. Driving would be the best way to access it, as public transport is limited with Ferny Grove Station the closest point around 2km away.

There is free parking onsite accessible from Upper Kedron Rd, however there are only 23 spots (plus additional wheelchair accessible parking). Street parking is possible when it is busy.

Families Tip: Get to the splash park early to avoid the crowds and the Brisbane heat!

This facility features a splash park as well as a playground and was opened in summer 2018 and has been popular ever since.

Let’s start with the water park

The water play area has something for everyone and if not already operating, you can start the water with a button at the entrance to the area.

I loved that the bigger kids areas was slightly separated from the smaller kids areas. The big kids will enjoy a giant bucket that fills and then overflows with water for around 20 seconds! They can also run through the spray tunnel and enjoy the multilevel waterplay table with moving parts.

For the littler ones, there are ladybirds that spray water, as well as water jets coming up from the ground. Parents, this entire area is well shaded, which makes a difference in the middle of the day. Plus, there is tiered seating at this end and NO actual depth pools, meaning you can relax while watching the kids play safely.

Part of the water play area is fenced however you can easily walk to the playground.

RELATED: We also love the Aquativity play area at South Bank.

What about the playground?

If the kids aren’t keen on getting wet, the playground is a great option. Focusing on the love of climbing, the park features a climbing frame that is accessible a number of ways, including a net, stairs and bendy pole. They can slide down on the slide, and then jump on the twirling pole, which my daughter loves.

There are 2 swings, including one infant swing.

The playground mainly unfenced and is on woodchips with soft fall rubber underneath the swings.

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Ferny Grove Splash Park facilities

There is plenty of room to catch up with friends here however shade is limited. There is a large amount of space for running around and a few park benches scattered around.

Free barbeques and 2 picnic tables under purpose built shade are available and are perfect for hot days, but get in early. There are 2 more picnic tables that are not undercover so pack a picnic rug in case you miss out.

All of the park is wheelchair accessible, however there are no pieces of special needs equipment.

There are wheelchair accessible toilets and changing facilities onsite, located conveniently beside the waterplay area.

Are dogs allowed at the park?

If you are bringing your family dog to the playground, they must be on a leash. (If your doggo wants to take a dip, we recommend the dog friendly Nudgee Beach)

My daughter is a little explorer, so after checking out the water park and playground we ventured further through the grounds. We found a great little spot full of giant rocks which would entertain bigger kids when they are done with everything else.

Playground equipment

At the playground you will find:

  • 2 Swings (1 infant)
  • Slide
  • Climbing frame
  • Twirling pole

Where is the nearest café to the park?

Need to grab a coffee or snack on the way? Or lunch afterwards?

Kids Play Cafe – 10 minute drive

Ferny’s Café – 6 minute drive

Ferny Grove Tavern – 2 minute drive

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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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