Welcome to New Farm Park Online
Did you know that New Farm Park attracts more than18,000 visitors each week, coming from all parts of Brisbane and beyond, with 80% of those numbers not living in the immediate local area. They come to the Park to picnic, to play, to eat, to dance, to ponder, to gaze and wonder at the true magnificence of the Park. First timers blend in beautifully with NFP regulars. Eighteen hectares of superbly planned horticultural delights, flanked by a myriad of community and commercial precincts totally at peace with the environment in which they find themselves.
The Park has many stakeholders, principally the city of Brisbane and the many talented and committed people within the Council who have overseen the development and protection of the Park in good times and bad. New Farm Park is one of the most popular and much loved recreational facilities in all of Brisbane.
Park visitors in recent weeks have been intrigued by a relatively rare activity by Council Arborists, doing investigative work on the root structure of a number of the ring road Jacarandas. The Council’s Asset Services Arboriculture Unit has used compressed air equipment to undertake detailed root plate inspections on thirteen of the Park’s more mature Jacaranda trees. Council’s records show that these trees are 100 years old and are located on the NFP ring road between the tennis courts and the Rotunda. Following the failure of several of these trees between 2006 and 2008, a commitment was made by Council in 2009, to inspect the root plates every 5 years. The inspection goal is to identify any issues that might impact upon the structural integrity of the tree, such as damaged structural roots or root decay/disease. This type of proactive inspection is also an opportunity to assess the soils directly around each tree. The planned work took 3 days to inspect all of the13 trees and we’ve been advised that no problems with the roots were identified. Good work !
On Australia day, unsurprprisingly, the Park enjoyed huge and enthusiastic crowds today. Pics of many of these gatherings were taken and they all feature somewhere on the Site as the banner pic. Just keep clicking and you'll find them, from the nodules above to all homepage thumbnails. There was some great collaborative work done by so many. Well done to you all. We'll change the home page banner every few days or so.
One surely must have noticed the current expansive construction activity at the NFP shoreline. Starting last month and expected to be completed in the New Year, the Project is a vital Council initiative, as a part of their Flood Mitigation Programme for the City. Back Flow Prevention Devices are being installed to the existing Stormwater facility in the Park (see pic just above). The current activity involves the creation of a dry working environment, not affected by the ebbs and flows of Brisbane River tides. An area has been effectively de-watered with the use of sheet and inter-joining piles, driven into the river bed This temporary enclosure is called a coffer, and enables the actual installation of the Devices to proceed. Many pics of progress so far already can be found in the section WEEKEND GALLERY, sourced via the slideshow of HIGHLIGHTS to the the mid-left.
In what are quite exciting times, Wednesday the 11th December will see the opening of the new Summerhouse Kiosk/Cafe located within the old Bus Terminus building at the bottom of Brunswick Street. It has been very cleverly re-badged END OF THE ROAD COFFEE. Highlights of the Opening and so much more, including the impressive reviews of the new Owners, will be featured within the pop-up facility on this homepage and elsewhere. Timings are almost perfect, the Park now experiencing huge daily numbers, with Yuletide activities and celebrations being the norm. Breakfast at Sunrise will be something to savor !
Staying on the eating front, we will be featuring many other local operators over coming weeks.The very popular Double Shot-New Farm, found in leafy Oxlade Drive, a few hundred metres from the NFP front entrance, the evergreen Vine Caffe Restaurant found at the chic end of Merthyr Road, the superb Balfour Hotel, the sensational newly opened Da Burger outlet at 876 Brunswick Street, and the popular Pablo, also in Brunswick Street, will lead us off. The Burger outlet is just opposite Subway and the Sun & Earth Organics Shop.
David Hinchliffe, the suburb's long departed local Councillor, has continued to expand his very successful and now global artistic flair and talents, with another delightful showing of recent works at the Graydon Gallery, in Merthyr Road. At last report, David was ranked number 4 in the category, "New Farm's favourite Son", a position well earned. He is well known, liked and respected in these parts. Last Wednesday's opening night at the Gallery, was for me, the highlight. This next week sees selected NF notables featuring as David's selected subjects, with some intimate start-up portraiture work being done at the Gallery. It will be a most interesting circumstance, with guests treated to a guided tour of how these things are put together. More information on taking in this experience is available on the Hinchliffe website www.davidhinchliffeartist.com.au. It's a very good read !
The "cartoonist" and Reporter is none other but Wendy Allen, whose background and talents are brilliantly portrayed within her own website, www.wendyallen.com.au , with no obvious reference to her latent nautical skills. She fits in beautifully with the WAGS experience. Log on, it's a great informative read.
Another few weeks have passed and we say farewell to yet another spectacular Teneriffe Festival. Huge crowds, much to see and do, post Festival discussions will surely focus on this sensational local event and how it will be so much better next year, Diverse and enthusiastic crowds feasted upon a wide variety of local activities.Features include many of the local commercial organizations, complementing the beautiful stories to be told about the origins of Teneriffe.Organizers can take a very big bow ! Activities here in the Park were predictably somewhat muted. Many pics of the day will be loaded up within the WEEKEND GALLERY++, sourced from the Slideshow of HIGHLIGHTS to your mid-left.
Possibly the worst end of week one could have, and yet now leading into some brilliant School Holiday conditions. It's going to be a very big fortnight !
During the week, a few NF folk took in their traditional WAGS event, down at Manly.
It is of course, their mid week pursuit, Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing. Some great pics came out of last Wednesday's event, with some beautiful sunset shots as boats limped back to harbour at the completion of racing. Pics of the day can be seen in the WEEKEND GALLERY, sourced via the Slideshow of HIGHLIGHTS to your left. The WAGS link makes great reading.
Simply terrible conditions for the past long weekend,but relief is in sight. Weddings have always featured in Park activities, playing an important and most appropriate role in Brisbane society. The Rotunda continues to provide a delightful facility for these nuptials and bookings suggest that Spring weddings are still very much in vogue.
These weeks past have seen a beautiful white yacht moored just off the Park's eastern walkway. Our Newsletter of next week provides some background to its presence, having recenty completed a 20,000 kilometre journey across the Pacific.
Some highlights of the trip can be seen on the following video link. Great material.
There is more to be seen via the ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Slideshow on the adjacent left and for a complete "show and tell" of these past three years, go to
There exists in these parts, an erstwhile and enthusiastic group who regulary visit the eateries of the region, dabbling, enjoying and then providing feedback on all of their culinary experiences and pleasures. This week the group , tagged the Discerning Diners, took in ROGUE, in Austin Street, Newstead. The outcomes of the visit can be seen and enjoyed, via the adjacent RESTAURANTS Slideshow/Highlights. Read on. Much more on www.roguebistro.com That too, is done exceptionally well.