Minnippi Parklands at Tingalpa

Plane Playground

Minnippi Parklands is home to one of the remaining lagoons from pre-settlement days, hectares of lush green undulating hills and a number of different play spaces and bike trails for kids.

Minnippi Parklands – The Fun

Minnippi Parklands is a wealth of entertainment and fun for all members of the family. While this post references an area technically known as Porters Paddock, it is also referred to by its greater name of Minnippi Parklands which also includes Preston Road Park, Wood Avenue Park and Fursden Road Park and Meadowlands Parklands. In other words, this is a massive recreation area with a number of different spaces to enjoy.

From its lush parklands, beautiful lake filled with birdlife that meander around and in it to the two different aviation-themed playgrounds that sit atop of the hill, this is a wonderful imaginative playspace.  One playground is hidden to the left and features a sculptured control tower, totem poles and random coloured concrete balls scattered amongst the trees. It is also home to a large sculptured flying person/plane which children can climb into the cockpit off.  A large theatre-in-the-round set up sits here too.  

The second shaded playground is more conventional but does feature the frame of an airplane for kids to climb on as well as the usual swings, slides and climbing houses.  There is also a long bike path that circumnavigates the lake for those that want to ride, walk or run it.

Imagination Factor

Concrete fort

The lake is the heart of Minnippi Parklands and inspires plenty of wildlife adventures – feed the ducks or search for other creatures that call this area home. It will be hard for children not to let their imagination run wild as they play in the airplane-themed playgrounds and theatre space.  They can become explorers, fighter-pilots or put on a show for their parents to enjoy.  The options for imaginative play at the parklands really is endless.


There are many pathways that lead from the carpark that would make accessing the lake and surrounds possibly if in a wheelchair.  The playgrounds are on top of the hill and so this may not be possible to reach and they do not contain specifically-designed equipment for special needs.  This is not to say that special needs visitors cannot make use of the gorgeous parklands, pathways, lake and surrounds that are on offer.

Meadowlands Park – The Facts

  • Amphitheatre
  • Barbecues
  • Bikeway/walkway
  • Boat ramp/pontoon
  • Lagoon
  • Shaded picnic areas 
  • Playground
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Water (bubblers/taps/dog bowl).
  • Slide
  • Climbing equipment
  • Balancing equipment
  • Swings
  • Swing with harness & back support
  • Some equipment may be considered disability friendly
  • Flat bike and walking paths (Bulimba Creek Bikeway)
  • Shady trees
  • Electric barbeque
  • Picnic shelters with tables
  • Bench seats
  • Carpark

Also, check out Meadowlands Picnic Ground across the creek, or head to our maps of parks in Brisbane Page for other awesome Brisbane Playgrounds.

Minnippi Parklands is located at 157 Stanton Rd, Tingalpa


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