These beautiful lush hectares of meadowland in the centre of Brisbane’s east have at their heart one of the rare surviving lagoons from pre-settlement days when low lying areas around the city fringes featured hundreds of them.(Since white man’s arrival most have been filled in).
Today this lotus-covered mini lake, divided by a boardwalk, is a drawcard for both a host of water birds and members of the public who soak up the beauty from the viewing decks.
Ringing the entire area is a flat path for cycling or walking and the surrounds are dotted with barbecues and picnic tables while atop the hill overlooking the lagoons is the Imagination aviation-themed playground complete with sculpted control tower and whimsical stone is-it-a-bird-is-it-a-plane figure, a throwback to the days when a small flying strip operated below in Porter’s Paddock. (Today it is a model aero club, over-ridden with small whizzing aircraft on weekends).
Interestingly Porter’s Paddock was so named after a 1954 tragedy in which Stan Porter the flying-enthusiast grandson of the local pioneering Stanton family was killed along with one of his young sons in a plane crash at nearby Bulimba Creek. Ironically the purpose of his flight was to scatter the ashes of another prominent family son, Tom Kelly of the nearby Kelly’s Quarry.
Stan Porter’s grandfather Emanuel Stanton who arrived in Australia aged 5 in 1857, is buried at the nearby Pioneer Chapel in Tingalpa.
Stanton Rd West