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Appel Park

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
From Brisbane, Australia, I mainly write for WeekendNotes, and at present, I enjoy challenging myself to add reviews on many diverse topics to this vast library of articles.
Published March 10th 2021
Small park in the heart of Surfers
Appel Park is a small green in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast Highway. It's got a ferry stop on the Nerang River, some short paths and some currently renovated washrooms. Surrounded by commerce and hotel/apartment highrises, Appel Park is a nice place to take a seat and watch the river or wait to catch a ferry. Today on my visit, I saw some rowers training hard on the river.

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Signage on Gold Coast Highway.


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Ferry Stop


The park turned out to be very important in Surfers Paradise since the initiative to build a ferry network as shown here. Appel Park, therefore, is one of the original ferry stops on the network that spans Sea World, Marina Mirage and Home of the Arts (HOTA). Currently, there are renovations going on for the washrooms at the park, so the park has less of its good aesthetics. Those washrooms normally have disabled facilities. There was no playground equipment at the park either - just a few walking paths and seats. It's only a very small space ultimately nestled in amongst lots of tall buildings. There's also a boat ramp as it has good access to the Nerang River, especially amongst so many developments.

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Nerang River from Appel Park.


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Path by River


The park only had a few people walking the path but the riverwalk also stops at Appel Park. It's one of several parks on the Surfers Paradise riverwalk. The park is located opposite Circle on Cavill's Shopping Centre, complete with a Woolworths supermarket.

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Lawns and path.


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Nerang River facing south-west.


A small but important park with a spacious feel for such a small area. I think seeing the Nerang River adjacent really helps with that. Pity about the renovations to the washrooms but they need to be renovated, so hopefully, they will be completed soon, and the park will have its aesthetic quality back. The renovations and temporary work/buildings have affected that slightly. Still a fun excursion and a place well worth noting, the sort of place that would be familiar but rarely gets reviewed.

Images courtesy of author taken 11-03-2021.
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Why? Park and Ferry Stop for Surfers Paradise.
When: All year round.
Where: Gold Coast Highway near 10 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise.
Cost: Mostly Free, but ferry fares from $3 AUD
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