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Doug Jennings Park

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Published April 15th 2013
For a great day out
Last Saturday, being pretty much the only sunny day of the week, my husband and I decided to make the most of if by going to the beach with our dog, Baxter (as well as doing the laundry, of course). .

Many of you might be familiar with The Spit, located just north of Main Beach on the Gold Coast. There are two parks, Doug Jennings Park at the northern end and Philip Park on the ocean side. Most people prefer the beach on the ocean side along Philip Park, but the seaway next to Doug Jennings Park is my favourite. To get there, simply drive along Seaworld Drive to the end and turn left. Here, you will see lots of people fishing, boating and relaxing.

We thought it would be quite busy, but when we arrived around 11am, there was hardly anyone there. Being a narrow beach, people don't tend to sit close to you hence you get quite a bit of room. We'd been there on a busy day before and it didn't feel crowded at all. Here, we set up our towels and fishing rods and stayed there until 4pm.

We caught a few little fish, nothing we took home, but it was still fun. There was plenty of room for Baxter to run around and also some shade so we weren't not in the scorching sun all day. In addition, a small cafe at the car park that sold the usual takeaway food: beer battered chips, calamari and fish and chips cured our hunger. My husband and I usually bring our own picnic food, but we also like to get some hot chips and ice cream from the cafe. It was really nice having a picnic at the beach.

If you have a furry friend, definitely take them to Doug Jennings Park. It is really awesome because it is much quieter, less crowded and in a sense, more private. Even if you don't have a furry companion, it is extremely suitable for children. You can sit in the water (as there are no waves) and play with your children; it is also safe for dogs to swim out, and even on a windy day, sand didn't get everywhere in our food or our bags. So, if you're looking for a place to take your dog or children, try Doug Jennings Park.

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Why? Quiet beach, lots of space
Where: Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast
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