La Balsa Park
La Balsa Landscape Plan
  • Last updated:
  • 06 Jul 2020

The La Balsa Park Landscape Plan was adopted at council's Ordinary Meeting on 15 October 2015.


The purpose of this Landscape Plan is to define the future planning blueprint for the park while maintaining the relaxed and natural aesthetics valued by residents and visitors. Feedback received during community consultation and current council policies and strategies were used to develop this plan.

The Landscape Plan will be delivered through a staged process of priority work subject to council's budget approval process. It is intended that park infrastructure will be replaced once it reaches its end of life to promote a sustainable upgrade of the park.

Key features

Key features of the La Balsa Park Landscape Plan include:

  • improved BBQ and picnic facilities
  • improved path network
  • upgrade to playgrounds
  • improved interpretive signage on the parks history.

View the La Balsa Park Landscape Master Plan[5099KB]

Where to from here

Council is currently implementing stage 3 of park improvements including irrigation of the northern half of the park and replacement of park furniture that has reached its end of life. Work is due to be completed by the end of July 2019.


La Balsa Park is a 1.5 hectare district level park located on the southern bank of the Mooloolah River. It runs along Harbour Parade near Point Cartwright in Buddina. The park is popular with local residents and visitors for its relaxed and natural look and feel. The park is named after the raft expedition of the 'La Balsa' that arrived in Mooloolaba from Ecuador on 5 November 1970.  The 13,840km voyage was led by Vital Alsar and took 160 days. At the time it was the longest raft voyage in known history.


For more information contact council.