Brisbane Half Day Trips – Shorncliffe Train Line

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We know that when you have little people that need naps, you don’t always want to do a full day trip. Try these ‘Half Day Trips’ on the Shorncliffe train line.

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Easy (Green): A nice easy walk. Expect less than 6/7 minutes from station to the destination. Usually one or two very close destinations for a nice, relaxing half day out.

Medium (Yellow): Looking for a bit more of an adventure? These stations are usually no more than 15 minutes from their fun destinations. These stations often have multiple destinations too so there is tons of fun stuff to see and do!

Hard (Red): An adventurous day out. Expect longer than 15 minute walks from the station to the destination and there may be multiple destinations. A great choice for those who want to enjoy a good walk and have an active day out!

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Eagle Junction station – Easy

Go down Rose Street for about 10 minutes until you reach Melrose Park. Melrose Park is a wonderful park perfect for families to visit and it offers a variety of fun things to do.

Some of its playground equipment include swings, slides, a flying fox and a climbing wall. For the sporty types it has a small basketball court and a cricket pitch. There is also a skate park built for kids. It also provides facilities such as BBQs and picnic tables for a perfect picnic.

picture of the Melrose entrance. Eagle Park in background eagle junction park playground equipment

Toombul station – Easy

From Toombul station, walk about 5 minutes down Parkland Street until you reach Ross Park. Ross Park has several different aspects to it making it the perfect place to go for a day out. These include a skate park and a playground. The playground features swings and a small climbing frame. It also includes a BBQ and picnic areas perfect for having lunch out.

toombul playground equipment

Nundah station – Easy

Once you leave Nundah station, go down Station Street until it turns into Boyd Street. Go down Boyd Street for 5 minutes and then turn right and you will reach Boyd Park. The park has many different activities for families to partake in. It provides standard park facilities such as a picnic area and a BBQ. The playground has a variety of fun play equipment to use, such as swings, a rope ladder, a rock climbing wall and a fireman pole. It also has cricket field for children to play on. The park also boasts a large chess board and a fitness station to partake in. Thus this park has a variety of different activities to make a family day out a fun one.

nundah playground with slide and swings nundah giant checkerboard floor

Northgate station – Hard

From Northgate station, go up Gympie Street until you reach Northgate Road. Continue down this road until you reach Flower Street. Turn left and continue up Flower Street until you reach the park. This walk shouldn’t take you longer than 20 minutes.

Northgate Reserve provides the perfect place for a day out with the family. The playground features a slide, swings, seesaw and a fireman pole. There are also picnic facilities such as a BBQ. There are also plenty of grassy areas to run around on, a skate park and cricket nets, making it the perfect place to go out to for a half day out.

northgate park with swingset , seesaw and other balance equipment. nortgat skate park with covered seating area

Banyo station  – Easy

Once we got off the train we headed straight for the Banyo library about a 2 minute walk. They have a lovely collection of books and tables and chairs. We had enrolled in one of the free workshops, so we enjoyed making & doing with other children in the area.

During holidays the Site Café has a kids eat freemenu when accompanied with a paying adult so we took advantage of that. Site Café is a lovely, kid friendly venue with comfy chairs, a tasty menu and just across the car park from the library, so super simple to access from the train station.

Behind the Banyo library is the lovely Banyo Memorial Park with climbing frames, swings, slides and fitness station, playground, skate facility, water (bubbler/tap). There are also some pretty awesome trees to climb, if you (or your kids) feel so inclined!

bald hills park for half days out by families magazine. image of playground in banyo 2 bald hills park for half days out by families magazine. image of inside the library in banyo

Nudgee station – Easy

Nudgee station is close to Showgrounds Park. The park is just a two minute walk away from the station and is located on 61 Hayden Street.

Showgrounds Park presents a large spot to have picnics on. The facilities in the park include picnic tables and electric BBQs. It also has a playground for children to play on. The playground includes swings, climbing frames and monkey bars. There is also a basketball court so be sure to bring along a basketball with you.

nudgee playground with standing swingset and nortmal swingset. plus more play equipment nudgee basketball court with seating area and playground in background

Boondall station – Hard

Once you leave Boondall Station, travel for about 20 minutes through the Boondall Entertainment Centre and you will reach Boondall Wetlands and the Boondall Wetlands Centre. The Boondall wetlands centre features a variety of different interactive displays. You can go on a self guided nature walk through the wetlands or participate in a tour with a volunteer guide. There is an option to go bird watching in the bird hides and there is a checklist provided to help find all the birds in the wetlands. If you wish to bring lunch with you there are picnic tables surrounding the parks in the wetlands.

North Boondall station – Medium

About 15 minutes away from North Boondall station, down Sandgate Road is the Ice World ice skating rink. The rink has day sessions that go from 11am to 3pm. During the holidays, skate hire for a day is $17 per child and $11 for children under 5 (includes skate hire). However, there are family packages and deals for frequent skaters. The ice rink also has a cafe featuring meals and hot drinks.

Just a few minutes down from the ice rink is Barlow Park. Barlow Park features a playground which includes swings, slide and a rocker. There are also grassy areas to play on and bike paths, making it a perfect place to take the family.

north boondall ice skating rink entrance north boondall park with swingset

Deagon station – Medium

Go up Albury Street from Deagon Station and after about 7 minutes you will reach Stanley Park. Stanley Park features a children’s playground. This playground includes a seesaw, swing and a slide. Not only that, it has a cricket field for young cricket enthusiasts to play on and there is plenty of grass to run around on.

Deagon playground with swingset and monkey bars and many other playground equipment

Sandgate station – Easy

About a three minute walk away from Sandgate Station down Bowser Parade is Sandgate Village. Sandgate Village features a historical trail which goes from the station to the pier and town hall. The village also features several different cafes to visit. The village also contains Sandgate Library, which like most libraries in the Brisbane region often has activities going on during the holidays and throughout the year.


Shorncliffe station – Medium

Hutchison Park is just a few minutes across Swan Street from the station. It features a small playground which includes a slide, swings and monkey bars. There is also a large grassy area perfect for ball games or a nice picnic.

About five minutes down Swan Street from the park is Cafe on the Park. This cafe features meals suitable for children under 10. These meals are only $10 and come with a choice from a variety of kids meals and an ice cream dessert.

A couple of minutes away from the cafe is Moora Park. Moora Park features a fantastic children’s playground. This playground includes a variety of slides, gizmos to send flag messages across the playground, climbing walls and forts. There are also picnic tables and BBQ’s to use if you wish to bring your own food.

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