Hidden World Playground.
Every now and then we discover a playground that’s been designed with an extra dollop of imagination, a dash of artistry, and a big blob of fun.
These playgrounds make the journey worth the drive.
In Brisbane, there’s one wooden playground where the innovation, inspiration and inventiveness of the artist and creators are to be congratulated, especially if you fancy yourself as fluent in ‘Mouse’ language!
A playground with a cool back story
Hidden World Playground IS hidden amongst suburbia on the north side of Brisbane.
Fittingly, it’s concealed in a long-lost corner of the Bill Brown Sports Reserve at the end of Roghan Road, Fitzgibbon.
But when get close, the Hidden World childrens playground is a kaleidoscope of bold rainbow coloured huts and play forts, centred around two remarkable giant “sandworms”.
These sandworms are life-size replicas of the creatures “reportedly” found here in 1998 by a group of Year Nine students on a school excursion.
No need to fret though… these sandworms are actually part of the make-believe backstory created by Sunshine Coast artist Russell Anderson when designing the Hidden World playground. It’s super cool. You can read the entire back story here.
Or find the plaque on the manhole that seals off the sinkhole inside one of the forts. The story is engraved there too.
Hidden World Playground – Full of surprises!
Along with the sandworm, the sink hole was “allegedly” home to a species of super-clever mice who thrived below ground, complete with their own written language.
Look carefully around Hidden World playground for clues that help to decipher the secret ‘mouse’ messages found throughout the Hidden World playground.
It’s these sweet touches that make the Hidden World playground one of our favourite best playgrounds in Brisbane for kids.
What can you find at Hidden World Park?
The Hidden World park playground is full of climbing structures to clamber over and explore, and the entire playground is sat upon a giant bed of sand.
No where else in Brisbane can you find such a big sandpit! Be sure to bring your buckets, spades, diggers, trucks and matchbox cars. Expect hours of play here with little ones.
In between the fort hideouts, you’ll also find:
- the two “sandworm” creatures to scuttle through, plus an odd purple-and-green-spotted unidentifiable creature to scramble up
- generously wide boardwalks, with handrails or handholds either side, to encourage multiple children to play together
- a maze of wobbly pathways between platforms including a rubber rope walk
- bridges to cross
- rock climbing wall
- wall ropes to climb, and stairs to bound
- balancing pod posts to navigate
- a knobbly climbing pole into a giant fort
- a duo slide combination
- a twirly slide
- standalone play equipment including bouncers, spinners, and a four-sided rocker
- a wheelchair-friendly seat rocker
- and a row of swings
Plus, there’s a bike pathway for bike and scooter adventures.
Everyone – from young walkers and toddlers, to preschoolers and school-aged kids – can find something to do, and somewhere to play here.
For that reason, it’s popular and one of the best parks in Brisbane for birthday parties and family gatherings on weekends.
The Inside Scoop – Hidden World Playground
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of.
Address: 411 Roghan Rd, Fitzgibbon QLD 4018
Telephone: Brisbane Council Contact Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 07 3403 8888.
Email: Click here to email council
Website: Hidden World Fitzgibbon
Opening Hours: Dawn till dusk
Entry Fees: Free
Nearest takeaway coffee: Pick one up on your way at the shopping centre on the corner of Handford Road, and Roghan Road
Parking: Plenty of parking onsite, and along the street.
How to get there: Hidden World Playground is 16 km north of Brisbane CBD.
- By car: 30 minutes drive from Brisbane CBD. Access via Gympie Rd/A3, or via Airport Link/AirportlinkM7 and Sandgate Rd/State Route 26.
- Bus: Catch the No. 330 bus to Bracken Ridge. Exit at Handford Rd at Handford – Roghan, then a 5 minute walk.(700m)
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table
Disability access: Limited in fort area. Some play equipment. Toilets accessible.
Shade: No shade sails over play equipment, but in general area, yes. Four shaded picnic gazebos.
Enclosed: No, but far enough from the road that it’s not a big issue.
Ground cover: Sand pit beneath play equipment, concrete pathways, grassy field surrounds
Food options: BYO. The Aldi Taigum is nearby to pick up snacks, cheese and biscuits, and drinks.
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Dogs: On leashes. There is a dog off-leash area close by.
Bring hats, sunscreen and plenty of water. The Hidden World playground gets stinking HOT!
This playground was last visited in December 2017.
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