South Bank Parklands Playground

The Riverside Green Playground has had an upgrade and is now the coolest playground in Brisbane! A bright and colourful open space set against a backdrop of Streets Beach and the Brisbane River, its green areas, beautiful shady trees, BBQ facilities, the plethora of cafes, and a state of the art playground make this a space that will provide hours of entertainment. This is a park unlike any other playground in Brisbane – the designers have thought of absolutely everything! It’s the first park in Brisbane with a light up skywalk, making it perfect for day and night time play. This is the ultimate family destination that everyone, no matter what their age, can enjoy. 

Riverside Green – The Fun

Inspired by Neverland, the Riverside Green playground is a state of the art play area that has been designed to cater for a wide range of ages as well as to encourage a variety of imaginative and physical play. Parents can relax under a tree or cook the BBQ while the kids are playing. However, all equipment, including the skywalk and enclosed slides, have been designed to also cater for adults so they can join in the fun with the kids – and those without kids who have never really grown up!

The first thing you notice as you walk into the playground is the bright pink skywalk. With 4 entry points catering for all ages and abilities, once up the top, kids can safely move between one of the 3 towers via rope bridges and climbing webs high above the ground (you can find similar at Frew Park Milton) before exiting through the jumbo enclosed slides. There is also a swing on the climbing web, so kids can swing and dangle above the ground. Below the skywalk you will find a a number of fun climbing structures including rock climbing walls on a steady incline to suit a wide range of age groups and the more challenging belt bridge where kids have to climb up a bridge which swings from side to side.

At the bottom of the playground, a giant hamster wheel which comfortably fits 4 kids at a time, will provide hours of fun and laughs as groups of kids attempt to run inside the big wheel, while the supernova, with low access points, will allow kids to continue their spinning fun.

The playground has an entire area dedicated to little kids too. The pirate ship themed toddler zone includes a swing, smaller slide, climbing ropes, compass, binoculars and lots of things to look at and touch. There is also a separate swing area with 2 swings, one being a toddler swing.

The park is adjacent to a large green space which is ideal for Tiggy, soccer, cricket and a family picnics. The areas and paths around South Bank do also lend themselves to scooters and bikes.

Imagination Factor

With a pirate boat and high tree house type structures in the skywalk, this playground immediately lends itself to a Peter Pan adventure- fighting off the pirates, keeping a look out for any danger from high above the treetops, scaling the wall to get away from danger. However, in this playground, kids’ imaginations can run wild and they can be explorers, a princess needing rescuing from her tower or even a spy on the run from danger. The park is lit up by lights at night will also add another element of magic and excitement to the kids’ play.

Special Needs

Riverview Green is easily accessible, with flat paths leading from the car park. Disability parking bays are available. The toilet block is on the ground level and ample shaded areas are available. Most areas of the park are accessible to a wheelchair and prams, in particular, the toddler zone and supernova area. However, some areas have a few stairs to climb to access some equipment, such at the sky walk and swings.

The park is surrounded by amazing cafes and restaurants and on Thursdays and Sundays many offer a ‘Little Days Out’ $6 kids lunch special. BBQ’s are also in close proximity to the park and are accompanied by the lights in the sky walk; the area lends itself to a family breakfast, lunch and dinner venue. Toilets, change rooms, Streets Beach and the Boat Pool are all close to the playground. Plus, South Bank has paid underground parking for 800+ cars an  is also close to the CityCat terminal, trains and buses.

Riverside Green – The Facts

  • Unfenced, but somewhat enclosed playground
  • Accessible toilets including disabled and change table bench
  • Cement and soft fall surfaces
  • Open air, shade sails and naturally shaded areas available
  • An all inclusive area pirate boat themed toddler zone
  • Swings
  • Giant hamster wheel
  • 4 slides including enclosed and open slides plus a 2 metre wide multi person slide
  • Sky-walk
  • Belt bridge
  • Climbing structure and climbing wall
  • Supernova spinning ring
  • Boat Pool and Streets Beach (just behind the playground)
  • Cafes and restaurants offering a wide variety of food
  • BBQ’s
  • Drinking fountain and water tap specifically designed to fill water bottles
  • Covered and uncovered seating
  • Large green space
  • Paid underground parking for 800+ cars- for more information and parking prices click here
  • Short walking distance to City Cat, train and buses

Another nearby playground is the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.

Riverside Green is located at South Bank Parklands near the Boat Pool and behind the Courier Mail Piazza. Carpark access is via Little Stanley Street.

This park review was updated in 2015.

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