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John Oxley Reserve with Kids

John Oxley Reserve offers a chance to escape the rat race and relax in a beautiful, natural setting that’s perfect for kids.

John Oxley Reserve with kids – a great choice!

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Located in Murrumba Downs, John Oxley Reserve is a picturesque north Brisbane picnic spot that’s absolutely PERFECT for families.

The Reserve is in a gorgeous natural setting and covers over 10 hectares. There is a 1.5 km bush pathway (complete with railings and steps in some parts) that safely leads you down a boardwalk along the banks of the North Pine River. For the plaque spotters amongst your family, you’ll find educational information scattered throughout the trail.

The path can be a little bumpy but is still mostly manageable.

There is a playground and lots of open area for kids to run around on. The perfect place for a friendly game of family cricket! The playground is shaded with safe materials on the ground in case of a tumble and a lot of the equipment will keep even your bigger kids entertained (and will help them burn off some of that energy!).

Are there animals to see at John Oxley Reserve?

Keep your eyes peeled and your cameras at the ready! Quiet and careful bush trail walkers might spot…

  • A large variety of bird species (around the 240 mark!0
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • Possums
  • Maybe even the occasional cheeky koala!

Family friendly facilities? What’s near by?

Thankfully there are toilets at John Oxley Reserve that are accessible for Brisbane families! Phew!

There’s an IGA bordering the reserve which is perfect for picking up those last-minute picnic supplies to spread out under a big shady tree. Perfect for a special occasion like Father’s Day or any other celebration!

John Oxley Reserve – a smart choice

This isn’t a busy space by any means. You’re bound to have a peaceful experience surrounded by nature in a calm, tranquil setting. Who could ask for anything more?

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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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