River Heart Parklands | Bob Gamble Park in Ipswich
Riverheart otherwise known as Bob Gamble Park goes above and beyond a standard park- truly a masterpiece that demonstrates the value of families in Ipswich.
Riverheart Parklands at a glance
- Destination playground- worth travelling for
- Multi-age playground
- Ample parking
- BBQ’s and picnic potential
River heart playground at Ipswich boasts 3 sandpit areas, water-play activities with 4 large water pumps for children to experiment with, swings, a flying fox, a large climbing frame with a slide and lots of smaller points of interest!
Also known as Bob Gamble Park it is also designed so there are plenty of ‘bench’ seats for adults, fake grass near the sandpit area to wipe your feet to effectively get rid of sandy feet, a large grassed area, balance beams in amongst the trees and even a shower to remove the sand after play…..
The wider park area features undercover tables and bbq’s with lights on dusk, there are 3 areas with around 8 tables all up spread out through the 3 areas. Right on the bank of the Bremmer river in Ipswich, this park offers lots of shade from shade sails and peaceful surrounds..
Riverheart playground also has one of the best water play designs we’ve seen. Making use of the slope, there are numerous hand water pumps, with troughs or water wheels. The water gushes through the troughs and water wheels down to the concrete maze of opening and closing gates, allowing the kids to manipulate the water flow rate and direction. At the bottom is the zero depth splash area. This area has a rubberised base with water jets aiming in all directions.
There are so many different ways to play, kids are only limited by their imagination. A battle of good versus evil may rage in the forest. From atop the cubbies get a bird’s eye view, spot the enemy coming, and prepare an escape route or plan of attack. Hop aboard SS Riverheart, set out the coordinates for your destination and with the help of the rest of the crew, you’re ready to set sail. Jump on your digger for another day of work at the construction site.
A flat car park is about 150 meters from the playground which is connected by concrete paths. Street parking is available which is closer, however, it is on an incline. Everything is connected by concrete paths.
The play area is on the side of the hill, there are ramps to get down and back up. The carpark is at the top of the hill. Because the parklands back onto the Bremer River the length of the play space is fenced from the riverbank, however, the rest of the playground is not fenced.
Landscaping acts as a barrier between the playground and the road. There is one main area with BBQs and tables under shelter and at dusk, the lighting is turned on. Another shelter with tables is closer to the bathrooms. Outdoor showers are located at the toilet block, which has standard stalls, disability stalls and baby change facilities.
Riverheart Parklands – Fact Sheet
- Discovery forest with balancing logs and tree stumps
- Two cubby houses/forts
- Play wooden rowboat
- Large grassed area for ball games
- Large cargo netting climbing structure
- Two flying foxes
- Rope log swing
- Basket swing
- Traditional Swing
- Toddler Swing
- Zero depth splash zone
- Water play with water pumps, troughs, water wheel, and gates
- Sheltered table and chairs – lighting comes on at dusk
- Toilets with wheelchair accessible stalls and baby change
- Outdoor showers
You’ll find Riverheart Bob Gamble Park on King Edward Parade at Ipswich.
Riverheart Parklands is nearly a daytrip in itself, however, we usually plan our visits to coincide with the various children’s’ installations at the Ipswich Art Gallery. To check out what’s on at the gallery visit https://www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au/kids/
Nearby parks of interest include Robelle Domain or you can find more parks of interest on our Brisbane Parks Map. Alternatively, you might prefer to check out our awesome list of FREE waterparks in Brisbane.