La Balsa Park
La Balsa Landscape Plan
  • Last updated:
  • 06 Jan 2019

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 working on the detailed design of Stage 1, which is scheduled to commence before the end of the 2015/2016 financial year. Additional funding is proposed for the following year for further park improvements. The adoption of the Landscape Plan will assist council when the state and federal governments are lobbied for funding to help with future work in the park.


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.


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