Looking for what’s on for families and fun things to do in and around Strathpine? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
The Moreton Bay Region area of Strathpine is the heart of the former ‘Pine Rivers’ region, it includes the suburbs of Bray Park, Brendale, Cashmere, Joyner, Warner and Lawnton, and has everything families need to live and play in one central place.
The precinct straddles the divide between urban and country living, juxtaposing natural escapes with brick and mortar shopping hubs, dining establishments, and entertainment venues, allowing locals and visitors to enjoy the best of both worlds.
The eclectic mix of things to do in Strathpine ranges from big screen movies, play centres, and ten pin bowling to lakes, rivers, parks and playgrounds, making the Strathpine area perfect for an affordable and convenient family day out.
You can take the family boating, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, SUPing, or animal spotting in the rivers and lakes, or catch some fresh air and sun in the local parks and playgrounds.
The narrow South Pine River branches off from North Pine River, marking the border between Strathpine and Bald Hills.
The tidal mangrove area of South Pine River is great for a spot of fishing, or kayaking/canoeing, or SUPing exploring side creeks. You can launch into the water from the Bald Hills side at Barungwarra Bushland Reserve. To access the reserve’s boat ramp follow Bald Hills Road as far as Attunga Street on the left, then turn right at the boat ramp sign.
The last upstream access point is from the small boat ramp at Bob Bell Park in Strathpine, via Learmonth Street.
On rare occasions platypus can be spotted in North Pine River, so for a game of ‘I Spy Platypi’ while fishing, SUPing or kayaking/canoeing launch into North Pine River instead. You’ll find the nearest boat ramp at Deep Water Bend Reserve (part of Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve), accessible from Wyampa Rd, Bald Hills.
There are more places to spot animals in Moreton Bay Region nearby, so if the kids are keen why not pop over to Petrie’s Mungarra Reserve, a short drive from Strathpine, to go koala spotting with the kids.
For more outdoor things to do in Strathpine area pop across the North Pine River to the Petrie side for a stroll through Sweeney Reserve.
This wonderful dog-friendly nature escape hugs the river, adjoining Mungarra Reserve to the west. You can take the family on an expedition discovering parts of the North Pine Heritage Trail, or bring your furry four-legged family member for some playtime.
You’ll find a few spots where you can slip a kayak/canoe or SUP board into the river, though little Leis Park on the Lawnton side, across from Sweeney Reserve is far more accommodating for river launching as its car park is right by the launching area.
Sweeney Reserve is equipped with a few BBQ facilities, so why not grill up a meal while the kids work up their appetite in the playground, basketball court, skate park, on the cricket pitch, or in the off-leash dog park.
It is worth mentioning the new Peninsula Line shared path from Petrie to Kippa-Ring can be accessed from Petrie Station, about 1km from Sweeney Reserve. If your family are cycling enthusiasts then perhaps a ride to Kippa-Ring is just what you’re after.
It’s a 12.6km cycle to Kippa-Ring Station, and another 4km ride approximately to Redcliffe Parade with its cafes, restaurants, shops and nearby beaches.
A short drive west of Strathpine you’ll find tranquil Lake Samsonvale. Although located right next door to busy Moreton Bay Region population hubs, it feels a whole world away. This picturesque lake is home to a broad variety of plant and animal species and makes for a great day out on and by the water.
Though swimming isn’t allowed, you can fish, boat and enjoy water sports (permits are essential), or stay dry BBQing on the shore, while the kids exert their energy in the playground.
Designated picnic areas can be found at Bullocky Rest, McGavin View, Forgan Park, Forgan Cove and Kobble Creek. For a family day out we recommend McGavin View for its sizable play structure, lookout and barbecue areas.
Bullocky Rest is also a great place to bring kids.
In addition to a small play structure, you’ll find opportunities to get up close and personal to waterbirds. Permits: Contact Samsonvale Water Sports Association or the Pine Rivers Fish Management Associationto obtain a permit.
With dedicated areas for little kids and big kids, self-powered rides, flying foxes and a massive green space, plus BBQ areas and a 9-hole golf course, Pine Rivers Park on Gympie Road is the go-to spot for play dates, birthday parties and community events year-round.
All the best playground equipment has come together in one place here, offering children hours of fun. As for what’s on for families in the park, skip to the bottom to check out the annual Pine Rivers Park events.
Families keen for some indoor entertainment, head to Laserzone, Strathpine Centre, Lollipop’s or Chipmunks Playlands.
Laserzone Family Entertainment Centre in Lawnton is great value for kids who are keen to run around playing laser tag with their friends and family members.
The world-class, multi-level Laser Tag arena is fitted with the latest generation Helios Laser Tag equipment, Bumper Cars, Australia’s only Jungle Target Gallery Train and a huge Prize Redemption & Video Arcade.
The local shopping hub – Strathpine Centre is filled with over 140 specialty stores, anchored by discount department stores including Target and Big W plus, Woolworths, Coles and Aldi.
You can take the kids ten-pin bowling, let them loose in the gaming arcade, or centre playgrounds, or simply kick-back catching a family movie at the cinema.
You’ll find another shopping centre nearby – MarketPlace Warner.
For fun things to do in Strathpine for younger children (from babies through to about 11-year-olds) head to Lollipop’s Playland & Café in Strathpine, or Chipmunks Playland & Café in Lawnton.
The children will have a ball climbing, sliding, jumping and exploring the playgrounds of Chipmunks and Lollipop’s. Both venues host kids birthday parties, and Lollipop’s also throws disco nights and disco parties.
Mums and Dads take a break in the café to enjoy some one-on-one time while watching the kiddos play.
If you’re after foodie things to do in Strathpine you won’t be disappointed. There are a number of great local dining options within the area.
From the ‘world fare’ food court and gourmet yoghurt stores in Strathpine Centre through to numerous coffee shops, Club Pine Rivers, and Chinese, Thai, Indian and modern Australian restaurants and cafes –there is something to suit all tastes, in and around Strathpine.
Mum and Dad, if you love whipping up a morning cuppa at home, grab some roasted boutique beans, or coffee machine equipment and accessories from Cleanskin Coffee Co. in Brendale on your way out of Strathpine.
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Strathpine area hosts numerous family-geared, community events throughout the year. Take a look at what’s on for families to see what might appeal to your loved ones.
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