The Best Brisbane Parks to Explore Near Bardon

Reviewed by Christina Penrose

Brisbane locals and holiday makers alike are enjoying wide open spaces and natural landscapes more than ever. If you’re planning to move to Bardon or visit the area for a day, you’re in luck! Bardon has an abundance of local parks within simple driving or walking distance that offer many different perks.

From relaxing scenery to fun and play for the kids, there is good reason that Bardon is known for its parks. Queensland weather allows outdoor enjoyment almost year-round. So, next time you're planning a day trip to Bardon, add on a few of these beautiful parks to your list.

Bardon's best parks to explore

A far away view of brisbane from the top of mt coot-tha reserve park
Mt Coot-tha Reserve Park - Image source: AllTrails.com

Whether you're already planning your home base in Bardon or are considering a move to the Brisbane area, we've created a list of the most beautiful parks near this beloved suburb.

Mt Coot-tha Reserve Park 

The Mt Coot-tha Reserve (or Mount Coot-tha Forest) is 15 minutes from the CBD and has a section within Bardon, forming Brisbane’s largest natural area.

With more than 1600 hectares of open eucalypt forest, rainforest gullies and creek lines – Mt Coot-tha Reserve is a popular choice for locals and tourists alike.

Mt Coot-tha is one of the few parks tailored to adults. This park leaves you feeling refreshed and optimistic due to its spectacular views. It also boasts stunning waterfalls and creeks to explore. Pack a picnic, bring a camera or book at the nearby restaurant for the perfect weekend activity.

Rainworth Park 

Rainworth Park is one of the smaller options for families to enjoy a BBQ or catch up while the kids enjoy the jungle gym. Perfect for daily exercise in the sunshine, lazing under a tree with a good book or catching up with a friend for coffee.

Rainworth Park is a popular choice for the regular park goer to enjoy a low key, quick break option. 

Norman Buchanan Park 

Norman Buchanan Park is a perfect option for both fur kids and human kids. Many dog owners in Bardon bring their puppies to this wide open space where they have plenty of room to roam and play.

As a bonus, there's also heaps of shade for lounging around and pathways for disability access. The play equipment is perfect for younger children, and there are ample facilities like clean toilets, seating, water and parking to make your day out a simple, fuss free experience.

Jubilee Park

A small playground with trees at Jubilee Park
Jubilee Park - Image source: BrisbaneKids.com.au

A popular choice for families, Jubilee Park garners visits from people across Brisbane with its array of play options for kids big and small. Toddlers can enjoy the musical instruments and the spider web swings, and there is a climbing wall for bigger kids.

Large park trees shade the play areas and protect local children from the hot summer sun. There's also plenty of open space for picnics, cricket matches and a game of frisbee. Jubilee Park's playground is oval-shaped, fully fenced, and connected to nearby bike paths. This allows for easy exploration access to the nearby creek.

Colorado Avenue Park 

Colorado Avenue Park is smaller, however it's perfect for those breezy Brisbane afternoons. The park offers plenty of bushland to explore and simple walking tracks to navigate.

Note: There are no facilities in this park. However, it is relatively untouched. If you’re looking for an enjoyable and relaxing way to get your steps in, this is the perfect park for you. 

Sunset Park 

Neighbouring the Bardon Esplanade Park, Sunset Park is perfect for the whole family with BMX tracks for the teens and an off-leash dog area for the four-legged.

Perfect for a stroll while the kids burn off some energy – Sunset Park lives up to its name and will quickly become a family favourite. 

Purtell Park 

Purtell Park is a popular choice for sporting organisations with rugby league facilities and the Western Suburbs sports centre. It also boasts a playground, plenty of car parking, the Purtell Park Bushcare Group, and a shared pathway.

Purtell Park has plenty of facilities and easy access. This outdoor space is a popular choice for people who love wide open green areas, kicking a footy around, spotting the occasional wildlife, and watching the sunset in the early evenings. 

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