Free or Budget-friendly Activities at the Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks

Discover a variety of engaging and family-friendly activities that won’t break the bank, all taking place this May 2023 at the Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks.

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U-Jam Fitness fuses urban dance and hip-hop music with physical fitness, resulting in a dynamic blend. This exhilarating cardio workout embraces the latest chart-topping beats, making you feel as if you’re attending an electrifying dance party.


  • Fri 12 May 2023
  • Fri 19 May 2023
  • Fri 26 May 2023

Zumba Fitness

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Catering to individuals of all ages, their classes seamlessly transition between high and low-intensity dance moves strategically crafted to elevate your heart rate and enhance cardio endurance.


  • Sat 13 May 2023
  • Sat 20 May 2023
  • Sat 27 May 2023

Ball sports Program for Kids Aged 2-6yrs

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This ball skills program, inspired by the renowned Billy Slater, is tailored for children aged 2-6 years. The engaging sessions include a diverse range of games and activities that focus on enhancing hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. Bookings are essential. 


  • Sat 13 May 2023 (9:30 a.m and 10:00 a.m.)
  • Sat 20 May 2023 (9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.)
  • Sat 27 May 2023 (9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.)

Cardio and Strength Conditioning

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Indulge in an invigorating workout experience at the park, where you can partake in a dynamic bodyweight strength and cardio session. Whether you prefer a low or high impact workout, this session has got you covered.

Join a supportive community of like-minded individuals who not only share fitness goals but also enjoy a good laugh as you push through an exhilarating workout together. Get ready to break a sweat and have a fantastic time!


  • Wed 17 May 2023
  • Wed 24 May 2023
  • Wed 31 May 2023

Tai Chi Qigong in the Park

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Experience the invigorating power of this dynamic activity that harmonises your body and mind, leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and serene. Admission fee is $5.


  • Thu 18 May 2023
  • Thu 25 May 2023

Children’s Storytime at the Park

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Immerse yourself in the enchantment of storytime with your little one at a First 5 Forever storytime session in the park at the Pop-up Library. 

This captivating experience offers a blend of tales and melodies designed specifically for young children. It’s the perfect opportunity for children aged from birth to five years and their parents or caregivers to engage in a delightful, interactive session filled with stories and songs.


  • Wed 24 May 2023

Walk and Whimsy, Art in the Park

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Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting gardens and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Breathe in the delightful sights and sounds that surround you, and let them ignite your imagination for the second part of the workshop.

Unleash your creativity as you craft whimsical artist books using an array of papers and fabrics. Admission is $5, offering you a delightful experience that blends nature’s wonder with artistic expression.


  • Thu 25 May 2023

More Strength and Cardio Activities

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Join a community of like-minded individuals and embrace an active lifestyle that fosters independence while enhancing brain function and uplifting mood through the power of strength training. This low-impact workout is suitable for all fitness levels, making it an ideal choice for seniors.


  • Wed 17 May 2023
  • Wed 24 May 2023
  • Wed 31 May 2023

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The Rocks Riverside Park is located at 531 Seventeen Mile Rocks.

For more details about the upcoming events at the park, visit Brisbane City Council’s website.

Published 11-May-2023 

Rocks Riverside Park: Among Brisbane’s Most Popular Parks

Did you know that Rocks Riverside Park has recently been named among Brisbane’s most popular parks in 2022?

Revealed last February, Rocks Riverside Park ranks among Brisbane’s most popular parks behind New Farm Park, City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. The list is based on the number of inquiries and bookings in 2022.

Photo credit:  Brisbane City Council / Flickr

Rocks Riverside Park is a district park located on the site of the former Queensland Cement Limited quarry at 531 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road in Seventeen Mile Rocks. Opened on 7 December 2003, the park is Brisbane’s largest riverfront park covering an area of 26 hectares.

Rocks Riverside Park is divided into three major zones: the river flat which used to be a rich riverside environment, market garden and industrial site; the bushland ridge that forms a backdrop to the river flat area and is covered with dry eucalypt forest; and the major green link from the park to suburbs in the south.

It features three booking sites (The Entrance, The Green and The River), a community garden, free Wi-Fi, Great Lawn (approximately 8000 square metres of open grassed space​) and a half-size basketball court.

Visitors will also find industrial artefacts throughout the park, a junior playground (suitable for toddlers to eight-year-olds), climbing net/fort and flying fox for school-aged children, jumping pillow, public art reflecting the park’s industrial heritage, shared pathways and a water play area.

Photo credit:  Brisbane City Council / Flickr

Top 10 most popular parks based in inquiries/bookings:

  • New Farm Park: 1,284
  • City Botanic Gardens: 694
  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha: 679
  • Rocks Riverside Park – Seventeen Mile Rocks: 335
  • Calamvale District Park: 234
  • Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park – Lower River Terrace: 187
  • Newstead Park: 141
  • Musgrave Park – South Brisbane: 138
  • Orleigh Park – West End: 105
  • The Lake Parklands – Forest Lake: 92


Dementia Australia Brings Memory Walk & Jog to Rocks Riverside Park for 2022

Did you know that Queensland has more than 87,700 people with dementia? With the fundraising efforts of the Memory Walk & Jog at the Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks, dementia patients and their families or carers will have invaluable resources for their needs. 

The Memory Walk & Jog at the Rocks Riverside Park will take place Sunday, 29th of May, at 8:00 a.m. This is an important initiative to support the patients, as well as raise awareness for the degenerative condition.

This year’s goal in Brisbane is to raise $130,000 and so far, over 55 teams with 874 participants have signed up and pledged more than $88,000 to the cause.  

Photo Credit: Memory Walk & Jog

“These events are so important, not just from a fundraising perspective, but also because they are opportunities for people impacted by dementia to gather, to get active and to share stories with people in similar circumstances,” Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said.

“Together, we can make the world look brighter for people with dementia. Let’s show them they are not alone!”

For the rest of the year, various Memory Walk & Jog events will also take place across the country for all ages and abilities.

Photo Credit: Memory Walk & Jog/Facebook
Photo Credit: Memory Walk & Jog/Facebook

However, those who can’t attend one of the planned events in the series may still organise their own group or individual walk or jog and contribute via the My Way or Walk & Jog Impossible Challenge

It’s Brisbane’s Turn to Hold a Memory Walk & Jog at Seventeen Mile Rocks

Brisbane, get ready for the return of Memory Walk & Jog, the annual health and fitness activity mounted by Dementia Australia! In 2021, 17 events will take place across the country with Brisbane’s walk and jog taking place at Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Happening on Sunday, 20 May 2021, the Memory Walk & Jog will begin at 7:00 a.m. at the Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks. So far, 53 teams have signed up for the event, with an impressive 778 fundraisers. 

This year’s goal for Brisbane participants is to raise $183,000 that will help fund studies on managing or potentially curing the disease. The funds collected will also provide for the resources needed by Australians living with dementia, their families, and their careers. 

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At least 90,000 people in Queensland have been diagnosed with dementia and experts said that this number will rise to 207,000 in 2058. Thus, this annual walk and jog will also help raise awareness on the risks, social stigma ad other challenges faced by patients and the people around them.

Since February 2021, Memory Walk & Jog have taken place at various locations, such as Sydney, Western Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra and Adelaide. 

There will be three categories for the Memory Walk & Jog at the Rocks Riverside Park and the event is open for all ages and all fitness levels, including family pets! The organisers have established a COVID-safe plan so participants, volunteers and staff could enjoy the run as safely as possible. 

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To learn more about the event, visit the official site: For dementia support, phone the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit Dementia Australia online. 

Exciting Annual Holi Festival of Colours Back for Year 4

India’s most widely celebrated festival is back for a fourth year in Seventeen Mile Rocks. The Holi Festival of Colours brings together people from all walks of life, beliefs and communities to unite in joy and to celebrate inclusiveness.

Happening on Saturday, the 29th of February 2020, Brisbane Holi 2020 is returning to the Rocks Riverside Park for an exciting night of music, performances, Bollywood dance battles, Matki phod competition, sports competitions, kids activities, heaps of Indian food, and colour — of course! 

This event is primarily organised by the Indian Cultural and Sports Club Inc. but Australian and Asian communities are also welcome to join as part of Brisbane City Council’s month-long BrisAsia Festival this February. 

Set from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Holi Festival continues the tradition enjoyed by people of all ages. Throwing wonderful colours at each other for fun is the highlight of this festivity to foster camaraderie and build better ties with the community.

Photo Credit: Ecutas Productions/Eventbrite

Similar to past events, the Holi Festival is expected to welcome thousands of participants this year. Guests are encouraged to purchase their colours online and onsite as bringing their own is prohibited. 

As the event slogan goes, “Let’s colour everyone equal!” 

Check Eventbrite for the colours and ticket reservations. This is a no alcohol, zero tolerance event. For enquiries, phone 0449 700 428 or email

Seventeen Mile Rocks Event Puts Seniors Back on Their Bikes Again

Senior residents 50 years and above who wish to start riding their bicycles again are encouraged join the Back on Your Bicycle event at Rocks Riverside Park on May 15th.

The event is a refresher course specifically designed for senior members of the community who want to pursue biking as a regular physical activity. It is part of the Growing Older and Living Dangerously (GOLD) programs of the Brisbane City Council’s Active and Healthy Lifestyle initiative. GOLD events are free or low-cost programs for residents 50 years old and above.

Back on Your Bicycle is free of charge and will teach participants the basics of helmet use, bike safety check, bike handling, biking etiquette and gear use. Attendees will have to bring their own bike, helmet and water.

Event Details:

When:  Monday, 15 May 2017, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Where:  Rocks Riverside Park, 531 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Bookings:  Call Jan Stevenson at Cycle Away on 0427 431 481

Ideal Physical Exercise

The refresher course should be an excellent opportunity for seniors to start enjoying cycling again. Some people shun the idea of older people taking on cycling for fitness, when in fact, it is one ideal exercise that senior folks will enjoy.

There has been a reawakening in bicycle riding among seniors. Because of the fun in riding the bike, seniors are more likely to stick to the healthy activity.

What makes biking stand out is that it can be a fun physical activity whether the person is riding alone or riding with friends. The city council’s Back on Your Bicycle event should be able to help seniors take on this fitness activity once more.


Keep Fit and Socialise at Weekly Free 5km Run at Rocks Riverside

Residents in and around Seventeen Mile Rocks who feel the need to start and pursue a healthy lifestyle should be happy that there is a free weekly 5km run right in their neighbourhood.

The parkrun happens every Saturday at 7 am at Rocks Riverside Park and participants need not pay to join.

What is Parkrun?

Parkrun is a global movement where local volunteers organise a free weekly run for the community. The runs are timed, so participants are competing against themselves. Parkrun events are set in pleasant parkland surroundings and are open for beginners, walkers and even professional runners.

Participants warm up for the week’s parkrun. (Photo credit: Rocks Riverside parkrun / Facebook)

In Australia, several parkrun events happen each week. The event at Rocks Riverside caters to locals in the Centenary area and nearby suburbs. Participants only need to register once so that their runs can be timed. They can still join the run without registering, but their run will not be timed.

Parkrun runners from other countries do not have to register again if they want to join the parkrun in Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Get more information about registration here.

The Course

The 5km-run in Seventeen Mike Rocks start from the Pavilion near the main playground. It follows a course that turns to the Riverside walkway towards Jindalee Bridge, then returns along the same path.

(Credit: Rocks Riverside Parkrun)

The course is a mix of concrete paths and asphalt paths, with some sections possibly getting mud and puddles after rain. The paths are shared paths so runners are reminded to be courteous to other park users.

Coffee After

The parkrun is not just about exercising and maintaining a healthy habit. The weekly event is also an excellent way to meet new acquaintances in the neighbourhood. After each run, participants enjoy coffee together at as local café.

Run by Volunteers

There is no fee required to join the weekly run as it is made possible by sponsors and volunteers. Anyone can join and volunteer for the parkrun. Each week, there is a different set of volunteers. The Rocks Riverside parkrun is continuously looking for volunteers to help in different aspects of event organisation.

Volunteers take on tasks such as timing the runner, scanning the runner’s barcodes, general marshalling or any other tasks to make sure the event goes smoothly. Interested in getting involved? Head over to the volunteer section of the Riverside Rocks parkrun website to find out more.