Monday, 13 May 2013

TOURIST IN MY OWN CITY: NEW FARM PARK


This week the Tourist in my Own City destination was New Farm Park. According to Wikipedia:  “New Farm Park is a public park located in the suburb of New Farm in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The park covers 15 hectares (37 acres) and is situated at the south-eastern end of the New Farm peninsula on a bend in the Brisbane River.  The Powerhouse Arts Centre is located at the eastern end of the park."

New Farm Park is a great meeting place for locals and tourists, but according to Jarvis, it is a place filled with wonderful adventures.


 Jarvis will wander for ages over the grass and running up and down between the garden beds.

Testing the boundaries of me telling him to stay out of the garden beds. 

 Brisbane Powerhouse Arts Centre

 After playing in the garden beds we will walk along the boardwalk

 I love that you can get the City Cat here. Here is my previous post on the City Cat.

 Such stunning old trees

 BBQs are available


And of course there is the kids play area




  

History of the park
The land that the park now stands on was originally a farm, built to supply food for the recently founded convict settlement on the Brisbane River. A racecourse was built on the site in 1846, which operated until 1913, when the land for the park was acquired by the Brisbane City Council. During the late 1990s the kiosk was based in New Farm Park. The kiosk was a popular meeting point for weekend breakfasts and won many awards. However during 2000 the kiosk was destroyed by fire and has yet to be rebuilt.

16 comments:

  1. It really is a beautiful city, must get there one of these old days! Jarvis is a very lad to get to play in these gorgeous gardens
    xx

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    1. Brisbane can never compete with the likes of Sydney and Melbourne. However, in it's own quiet way Brisbane is truly an amazing place to live.

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  2. really gorgeous and just so much space! xx

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    1. It is a massive park that caters to so many needs/wants

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  3. I love this park. Last time we went there was for a birthday party and the kids loved the playground surrounded by all those big old trees.

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    1. We go there often. Great place for family reunions, picnics and it has the best play zone for Jarvis.

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  4. I must get myself there one day. Looks like a lovely open area!

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    1. It is lovely, with so much to offer

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  5. The "Testing the boundaries of me telling him to stay out of the garden beds." quote made me smile...toddlers...

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    1. Jarvis is really testing the boundaries this week. New favourite thing is to throw everything over the balcony. It is driving me nuts. If I tell him no, he just go Ut Oh! Walking in the garden beds is also another boundary tester

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  6. I LOVE New Farm!!! I am so happy to see that the play area is still there, it used to be the only part of the park that I was aware existed when I was a kid. It's only now that I've gone back as an adult and found new places to enjoy in New Farm. Isn't it just a spectacular part of our city though? I just love the whole vibe of the area in general, such a gorgeous friendly place. I am loving your posts on Brisbane by the way :D

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    1. I love New Farm as well. Though I will try not to be bias and cover other great suburbs of our city.

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  7. I used to live in Sydney St, many moons ago, and it was my backyard ( well front, technically). Beautiful space, I must take my kids if ever we make it back to Brissie for a visit. Tanya

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    1. I love New Farm park, how lucky were you to live so close!!! Where did you move to? Still in Australia?

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    2. Stil in QLD although doesn't really feel like that. We live on an island between Cape York and Papua New Guinea. ( yes, it is beautiful). I am really enjoying your blog. You sucked me down your rabbit hole, I have nearly finished all your archives. Tanya

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    3. If you don't mind me asking, what made you move? Work? Or a change of lifestyle?

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