Explore Brisbane | Bullocky Rest
If you’re looking for a family day out in Brisbane that combines a picturesque drive followed by a relaxing lunch beneath shady trees, then read on.
One of my favourite places on the Northside of Brisbane is Bullocky Rest, Joyner. I often visit this place during the day with my son when I need a bit of peace and quiet. It’s also a brilliant place for an outdoor family picnic or outing on a fine weekend.
Bullocky Rest is situated on the sparkling Lake Samsonvale which is filled with birdlife and is backed by mountain views. There are many BBQ facilities, picnic tables and also a playground for the kids.
Instead of driving directly to Bullocky Rest through the suburb Warner, I suggest you take the short picturesque drive through Clear Mountain (link to other post), following Eatons Crossing Road (near Cashmere), then on to Clear Mountain Road, right into Winn Road and left onto Forgan Road where Bullocky rest is situated. Trust me, you won’t regret it. It’s magical!
Playground at Bullocky Rest
BBQ Facilities & Surrounds
There are many different types of birds around Bullocky Rest. We always see swans and ducks, and even pelicans sometimes.
Below is a list of activities ideas our family enjoys.
- Bring a plastic bath boat or plastic plate, punch a small hole in one of the edges and attach a piece of string so you can float it in the shallow water at the Lake’s edge. I did this with my kids and you can read about it here.
- Have a picnic or BBQ
- Throw a Frisbee
- Bring a cricket bat and ball
- Bring a few plastic animal figures and allow the kids to play on the grass
- Allow kids to take pictures of the wildlife on a kids camera (or iPhone if you are game). This can be later printed and kept in a ‘Wildlife I Found’ Book
Bullocky Rest, Forgan Road, Joyner.
Picnic & BBQ, Walks, Toilets (including disabled facilities), Playground, Fishing (no boating, paddle craft or camping).
If you want to take the scenic drive to Bullocky Rest, drive via Clear Mountain.