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REVIEW: Lower Moora Park Shorncliffe | A Beachside Park for Families

Shorncliffe locals are so lucky to have this incredible playground right on their doorstep. It can be a little tricky to find this gem but trust me, it is worth the effort.

Where is Lower Moora Park Shorncliffe?

  • 65A Park Parade, Shorncliffe

The park is situated on the beautiful Moreton Bay, or moora to the local aboriginal people, meaning open sheet of water.

Don’t be confused by the location. Lower Moora Park is situated at the bottom of the hill, accessed via a small one way road off Park Parade whereas Moora Park, is up the top of the hill.

Families Tip: There is limited parking in the lower carpark, however if you miss out, just park up top along the road and walk down the designated path.

Just like the other Brisbane playgrounds we have reviewed, this park is something special!

Tell me about the playground

The playground is set up a bit like I imagine Peter Pan’s Neverland would be. Wooden climbing forts linked by swinging bridges and nets, slides and climbing poles. Animals and flowers are etched into the wooden poles and painted bright colours. This playground is full of sandy little feet and happy smiles. What childhood dreams are made of!

One of the best things that I liked about Lower Moora Park was that a lot of the equipment was interconnected. My daughter could navigate the ‘crazy stairs’ built into the hill, cross the plank bridge and then slide down to the bottom to start all over again. 

For smaller kids, there is a fort just for them at the perfect height, where they can play with sound cylinders and tin xylophone. Little kids will also enjoy the small climbing animals in the sandpit as well as going on the swings (there is an infant swing onsite).

The majority of the park is shaded and the forts are built on soft fall rubber so it is great for running and hiding, which we did a lot of! When we needed a rest, we crossed the footpath to the beautiful Shorncliffe beach and dipped our toes in. The foreshore is lined with trees that are just perfect for climbing, and we saw many aspiring ‘Peter Pans’ swinging from branches.

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The playground is unfenced and not far from the water’s edge, so you will need to be mindful of smaller children.

There are no pieces of special needs playground equipment onsite however there is easy wheelchair access to the playground itself.

Picnic Facilities in Lower Moora Park

Located not far from the playground is an area full of picnic tables (more than 20) and free barbeques. None of these are under purpose built cover, however some are in the shade of trees and provide a beautiful view of the water. There is one undercover picnic table directly beside the playground itself.

Lower Moora Park Facilities

There is a toilet block located beside the picnic tables, with wheelchair access however there are no baby changing facilities.

The beach showers are located on the foreshore to clean off after a swim or play on the beach.

There is a great path for biking along the foreshore (and it is one of our favourite pram friendly walks) and the bigger kids will love riding more than 350m to the end of the jetty for something totally different.

You cannot book Lower Moora Park for events but would be an ideal location for family photos as you could have them on the beach or the jetty which would be a beautiful backdrop.

Are dogs allowed at Lower Moora Park?

Yes! Dogs are allowed at the park but must be on a leash.

Playground equipment includes

  • Large climbing forts on soft fall rubber flooring
  • Crazy steps
  • Climbing walls
  • Climbing net
  • Small fort on sand
  • Multiple slides
  • 2 swings (1 infant)
  • ‘Musical’ instruments
  • Small climbing animals in sandpit

Nearest café to Lower Moora Park?

Need a coffee or snack? Try Preece’s on the Park up the top of the hill.

RELATED: If you are on the northside and fancy a splash park with a playground try Ferny Grove Aqua Park.

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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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