9 September 10
Colmslie Reserve is a fantastic free-range children’s playground on the river at the Brisbane suburb of Morningside. We visited the park this morning and enjoyed letting the children run around, exploring the diverse areas of the official children’s playground as well as the riverside walk and sandy beach areas.
The park is within sight of the Gateway Bridges and under a flight path to the airport. It features covered picnic areas, lots of grassy meadows and concrete paths everywhere. The children’s playground area is partially fenced and covers several hilly acres.
Our children enjoy the non-traditional playgrounds where the structures can be freely clambered on. At this one, there weren’t steps to the top of the slide, but children had to find their own way instead.
A wooden ship skeleton is embedded in the sand close by, and it serves as a percussion instrument with the notes actually labelled (so if you were musically inclined, you could easily play a tune). David and I enjoyed creating a discordant rhythm together.
While we were at the river, we let the girls paddle in the water. We also talked to a man collecting jelly prawns and another rowing out to his moored yaucht. The river traffic provided another source of entertainment with ferries creating mild wakes and other ships motoring under the Gateway bridges and past us very slowly.
Colmslie Reserve offers so many features that it could easily become a favourite place to visit except that it’s not very close to us. If you’re living close to Morningside, I’d definitely recommend that you check it out.