This park review was updated in 2013.
Hidden down a laneway in Ashgrove, the Enchanted Forest at Dorrington Park is an awesome shaded playground for Brisbane Kids.
Dorrington Park – The Fun
Dorrington Park, otherwise known as the Enchanted Forest, is a well-known Ashgrove park and playground. Its leafy location and equipment make it ideal for playground play any time of year. There are not many Ashgrove parks that can boast musical toad stools on top of all the regular draw cards like slides, swings, climbing nets and fort style constructions, but the Enchanted Forest has all of this and more! As far as playgrounds go, this is a small enough park to keep an eye on your kids but not so small as to hold no interest.
The Enchanted Forest area also boasts a BBQ, tables and shelter with toilets close by. It is the ideal spot for a picnic or party and is also right around the corner from a BP service station, if you forget anything or wish to pick up some snacks on the way. This Ashgrove playground is not well signed, so as you turn into Frasers Road, just keep an eye out for a driveway on your left hand side just before a group of shops.
Dorrington Park extends further than the Enchanted Forest playground, with large playing fields and a clubhouse adjacent. At the other end of the park towards the Stewart Road bridge is more play equipment suited to older children, a large shelter with barbeque, and a basketball half-court. A bike path runs next to the creek along the length of the park and passes under the bridge for safe access under Stewart Road.
We especially like the amount of shade and the ‘fairy garden’ atmosphere that creates. Brisbane Kids can play shops and cafes, make magical music with the percussion instruments, or climb the fantastic spiders web to escape the baddies. The timber fort is high enough to provide a bird’s eye view.
The Enchanted Forest has wheelchair accessible toilets and some new paths for wheelchairs and prams. The bike track along the creek is easily accessible and very flat. The playground is partly fenced, keeping your Brisbane Kids well away from the adjacent carpark.
Dorrington Park – The Facts
- Playground equipment for a variety of ages over a bark base
- Partly fenced playground
- Playground shaded by trees throughout the day
- Swings – infant and regular
- Percussion equipment
- Climbing net
- Musical mushrooms
- Bike and walking paths
- Playing fields
- Basketball half court
- Carpark off Frasers Road
- Street parking
Another great Brisbane Playground nearby is Jubilee Park.
Dorrington Park can be accessed from Mirrabooka Road and the Enchanted Forest is located off Frasers Road in Ashgrove.