At McDowall Village Childcare, we understand that developing a love for nature is a big part of your child’s growth and development. That’s why we incorporate plenty of outdoor activities in our curriculum and encourage all parents to explore nature with their kids regularly.
The great news is that our childcare centre is conveniently located near many of the northern suburb’s top parks and nature reserves, making nature adventures incredibly easy for you and your child.
If you want to spend the day exploring nature with your little one, try visiting any of these amazing parks and nature reserves near our childcare centre.
Bunyaville Conservation Park
Bunyaville Conservation Park is one of the best places to enjoy adventure-filled days with your child or family, offering picnic grounds, BBQ areas, walking tracks, bike trails, horse trails, and a variety of wildlife. Best of all, this massive conservation park is just a quick 10 to 20-minute drive from our centre. Its large size and variety of activities mean there’s always something wonderful to do and explore here, no matter how many times you’ve visited before. This expansive conservation park is particularly convenient if you live in Everton Hills or surrounding suburbs.
Chermside Hills Reserves
The Chermside Hills Reserves is a short 10 to 15-minute drive from our early learning centre, and it offers plenty of natural wonders to amaze you and your child for days. This reserve is made up of three main nature areas: The Raven Street Reserve, the Milne Hill Reserve, and the Chermside Hills Reserve. These reserves provide areas for picnics, BBQs, birdwatching, bushwalking, biking, and hiking. With over 200 native plant species and a eucalyptus forest, this group of reserves will uncover one wonder after the other. If you live in Stafford Heights or somewhere nearby, then these should definitely be among your top choices.
Dawn Road Reserve
Located just a 10-15min drive from our childcare centre, the Dawn Road Reserve is undoubtedly one of the most ecologically diverse environments in the Brisbane’s northern suburbs. This reserve stretches down the Albany Creek waterway, providing plenty of wildlife and natural bushlands to explore. It features an open forest and lush vegetation that’s also home to several species of birds, frogs, insects, and other native animals.
Sylvia Gibbs Park
The Sylvia Gibbs Park is large; open park flourished with a variety of trees, ponds, and shrubs. It’s home to a wide range of birds and wildlife, including ducks, waterfowl and swamp hens, so there’s plenty of animals to see. It’s also a popular dog park, making it an excellent place to enjoy some quality time with your child if you have a dog in tow.
John Goss Reserve
At just a 10 to 15-minute drive from our centre, the John Goss Reserve offers an outstanding place to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with your child. The best thing about this park is that it’s designed for hosting different activities, with dedicated areas for playgrounds, picnic areas, and sports. It even has a dog park where you and your child can take your dog for a walk and enjoy the scenery. This park is particularly great if you live in Aspley or Chermside West.
Teralba Park is one of the northern suburb’s best play parks, with multi-level playgrounds that include slides, swings, climbing rings, sandpits, climbing towers, a maze, and a basketball court. It also has dedicated picnic areas, BBQs, and dog park. It’s a great place to unwind and break a sweat with your child after their time at our child care centre, and it’s especially convenient if you live in the Everton Park suburb or even parts of Stafford.
Dr. Valentine McDowall Park
If you’re looking for a nice, quiet park to spend some quality time playing with your child, then the Streisand Drive Park is a great choice. This small but highly-rated park is perfect for spending a sunny day with your little one, thanks to its large children’s playground, picnic area, and lush greenery.
Streisand Drive Park
Located down the road from the Dr. Valentine McDowall Park, the Streisand Drive Park is another great option for a quiet park where you can spend the afternoon with your child. It features spacious grassed areas and a large covered playground for enjoying a variety of activities.
Embracing Nature after Your Day at McDowall
With so many parks and reserves nearby, you’ll find it easy to spend the rest of your day in nature with your child after visiting our early learning centre.
Whether it’s for a quick stroll or a full adventure-filled afternoon, these parks will provide plenty of wonders and activities to keep you and your child fully engaged with nature.
If you need more recommendations for places to enjoy the outdoors with your child, feel free to contact us for more information. We’ll be more than happy to help you and your child find the perfect spot to explore nature and enjoy its many wonders.