Duration: 2-3 hours
Price Guide: $0
Since the 1860s, Victoria Park has been home to Aboriginies, the American Army and squatters – now the park is used for golf and other sports and is Brisbane’s favourite circus venue. This tour takes you to a pool and sports centre, as well as a golf course. If you’d like to swim, play sports, or golf, bring your relevant clothes and equipment with you.
Start from Central Station.
As you exit the station (main entrance) onto Ann Street, immediately turn right onto Edward Street.
Edward Street is host to some of Australia’s most renowned designers, including menswear stores, high-end fashion and, for those who need pampering after shopping, day spas!
Directly in front of you is Victoria Park; the Centenary Pool is to the far right.
There is also an attached fitness centre (now run by Splash Leisure – call 3831 7665 for further enquiries)
Once you’re done with swimming, head further into the park (in a north easterly direction) to reach Herston Golf Course.
Being a complete and utter golf novice, I hold no claims to know what classifies as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ course, but from what I’ve read this course is an 18 hole ‘pay and play’ course that is popular throughout the week.
Golfing’s not for you? Head back over the Inner City Bypass to little Victoria Park.
Victoria Park surprised me; it’s a small but pretty park with a peaceful atmosphere – on my visitors’ map it wasn’t even labelled. As it’s located alongside a school, the lawns are at times bustling with enthusiastic young joggers, or those simply whiling away time in the children’s playground.
The low flat area of Victoria Park was originally known as ‘Yorks Hollow’; a series of wetlands and lagoons often used as a meeting point for Aboriginies. Between 1945-1945 the top of the park was barracks for the United States Army. After World War II had ended the soldiers moved out and squatters moved in until the buildings were removed in 1960.