On the tail end of Brunswick St by the river, New Farm Park provides urban respite with its jacaranda trees, rose gardens and picnic areas. It's a perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon, with gas barbecues and free wi-fi (near the rotunda at the river end of the park). Younger kids will especially love the playground – a Crusoe-esque series of platforms among vast Moreton Bay fig trees. Jan Powers Farmers Market and the Moonlight Cinema happen here, too.
Free events, from live music to Pilates classes, are held in the park throughout the year; check the website.