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  • Writer's pictureNarelle Donnellan

Playground Hopping

Holidays are nearly at the end again. My family and I are making the most of it by a last minute camping trip to the Northshore this weekend. Nothing like escaping everything and having pure nature and family time. So let me inspire you to stop in all the rush of holidays and keeping the kids busy. Why not take a weekend off and you will feel like you have a had a week away. Actually better still we have two long weekends in a row coming up in Queensland. So what have you been up to these holidays after all the rain finally passed and back to stunning sunny days again?? We have been enjoying beach time even though it was packed full of people and coolcabanas. Thank goodness for the free buses and for my family we went on bike rides parked right up to the beach couldn’t get any closer. We went to Eumundi Market on a Wednesday for a change, Ginger factory of course this time spotting the Graffolo with the app very interactive the kids loved it. Boating along the Noosa river. Bike rides along Gympie Terrace stopping at the playground and for a fresh juice. Best of all enjoying the free gigs on the grass area outside the Boathouse on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, it’s been a different musician every night until 18th April 4:30-6:30pm so go and support the local acts for the last few nights. Another event on tonight is the sunset movies at Teralla Brewery, horse feeding at 5:30pm, pig feeding 5:45pm, Madagascar movie and of course food trucks choice of Amore Pizzas which is the best pizzas around and Chomp Burgers. Desserts got you covered with gelato ice cream van. So disappointed we are missing out on this awesome event. We will be stuck eating camp food.

Now back to routines of term 2. When we don’t have every minute planned out. We love to go to a playground usually with friends is so much better or just chat to the other random mums and dads we find. So here’s the list of where we go to and why.... Pirate Playground

Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

It’s the biggest one in Noosa shire and yes always busy on weekends but go mid week and you nearly have it to yourself. The kids love it, plenty to climb on and slide on, let’s not mention making sand artwork. I do love it that it’s based in sand and not the fine bark everywhere else. Also best located at one end of Gympie Terrace, Noosaville so lots of walking, scootering, bike riding can be done to next the the Noosa River. Also bring the kids bathers or at least change of clothes they all seem to want a swim at some stage in the river. Great facilities of parking right there, toilets, sheltered table settings and of course the shops further along the track.

Shorehaven Drive Playground

Noosa Waters Estate, Noosaville

Love spotting new playgrounds this one can be found along Shorehaven Drive and Spindrift Ct it’s quite popular now since opening still a small suburban playground in Noosa Waters estate. But hey it’s brand NEW it’s got swings, spider net swing, round monkey bars, a slide, climbing net and a shelter with table and chairs only thing they removed the bin when they changed the park so take your rubbish home. Plenty of parking straight in front or either side street.

Noosa Lions Park

Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads

Always our favourite when out on the river on our boat perfect spot to pull up and anchor and not have to worry about parking when it’s right next to Hastings Street and we know how busy that gets. Perfect small park enough to do with swings, slide, stand up paddle boards to walk across and of course right on the noosa river so bring your bathers as the kids will definitely go for a swim or better still bring your SUP and take a paddle around the Noosa Sounds island. Also has toilet facilities and of course Hastings street right there for snacks and beach time.

Eumundi Playground

Memorial Drive, Eumundi

Is always a great choice to tack onto a trip to the Eumundi market on Wed and Saturday one of the larger playgrounds in this list. It’s well shaded with a giant tree so sometimes not much sunshine gets through so is a cooler park when your expecting a warm day. It’s great it’s got a train, swing bridge in the treetop, a few spinning equipment to make you extra dizzy that’s right the kids extra dizzy. A large climbing frame and huge slide. Better still toilet facilities right there and shops if you don’t go on market day.

Peregian Beach Park

Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach

Is another great playground we visit often. I love it that it means I drive on the David Low Way and take in all the amazing views of the Eastern Beaches. So it’s based at the Peregian Beach village so shops tick, skate park next door tick, beach tick, facilities of toilets, sheltered tables and bbqs tick. Only issue is parking is usually not the easiest but keep driving round and being patient and you will get a spot in no time. The actual playground I love with the surf board climbing wall, the wall with the face cut outs making kids fish. It’s got tunnels, slides, flying fox, swings, fireman pole and enough to climb on. Sadly it is on the annoying bark I mentioned earlier I hate.

So yes Noosa Shire and surrounds are not known for the playgrounds as they are far between and few of them. When you come from Melbourne when they know how to create amazing new parks all the time it is a disappointment but hey can’t win everything we at least have sunshine nearly all year round, amazing beaches to enjoy which are really giant sand pits. Enjoy your playground hopping.

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