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Published September 18th 2017
Walk the park, bridge and bush trails of scenic Como
Strolling around Como, it's difficult to imagine that you are in the burbs with an easy commute to the city. It boasts parks, cafes and river access which offer many relaxed family-friendly features. This is another Shire gem well worth personal exploration.
It's one of my favourite places for a BBQ and stroll. Pleasure Ground Park offers diverse attractions with several children's playgrounds plus large BBQ and picnic areas for family celebrations. It offers several playground areas for differing age groups and has free picnic and BBQ areas closer to the carpark for pram and wheelchair access. But also has more outdoor eating areas at a higher level with panoramic views over the George's River and surrounding bushland.
The park offers a bike track and looping walk path plus a rock formation to clamber about that closely resembles a miniature of the Victorian 'Hanging Rock'. The Como Swimming Complex is a free seasonal aquatic recreation facility that features a 20m swimming pool and tidal pools with a shark-proof bathing area. These are generally only open in the afternoons, so check their website for exact hours.
Quench your thirst at the fascinating local pub which is a unique landmark building that is a popular eatery for locals and families. Samantha, another Weekend Notes author, has written a detailed account of how it burnt down and they replicated it in the rebuild, so please be sure to click on the link and read more about this unique landmark building. And nearby are markets, playing fields and a school.
The Blackfish Café offers alfresco dining nestled on the banks of the Georges River and is usually crowded with everybody agreeing that the location, view and food are top quality but their service does draw mixed reviews. Plus a licensed Thai restaurant, both overlook the attractive marina that Sydne siders have used for ages as a city escape. Here they can hire a boat for the day to explore the hidden scenic attractions and indulge that fishing urge from the actual river. All are a natural part of our heritage and culture so let's make good use of these hidden gems.
For a relaxed stroll or a steady jog to get that heart pumping, enjoy the wide pathway that takes in native bush and a stunning river view from the Como Bridge. It is popular with numerous dog walkers, cyclists and others just out for fresh air and comfortable exercise in the sun.