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Evandale Parklands

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Published March 7th 2014
Free fun for all the family to frolick in the park
Evandale Parklands remain a hidden hideaway unless you know where to go.

Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Where to find Evandale Parklands


The Parklands are situated on the banks of the Nerang River, right in the middle of Surfers Paradise, but just far enough away from all the noise and commotion of the tourist strip.

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Tourist boats glide past


If the size of the trees is anything to go by, these parklands have been here for generations. Thick-trunked Moreton Bay Figs create cool sheltered picnic spots under their heavily branched canopies, the perfect spot for a picnic.

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Shady picnic spots


You might find three or four generations of a family coming together on a quiet Sunday afternoon to throw a line in the water and cook up a BBQ.

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Great spot to throw a line in the river


As this dad will tell you, there's more to fishing than catching fish. It's his chance to connect with his kids by teaching them how to fish.

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A proud dad is spending quality time with his kids


There are lots of activities to do here at Evandale. There's the undercover playground for the younger kids, and a beach volleyball court for the older ones.

Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Kids playground


Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Beach volleyball court and free electric BBQs


There's even a lake with a sandy beach, and a jogging track with outdoor exercise stations.

Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Evandale Lake


Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Outdoor training track and fitness stations


Last Sunday afternoon, the Gold Coast Baha'i held their annual community celebrations in the parklands. Visitors were invited to join them in a game of backgammon, to share their food, and there was even face-painting for the kids.

Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Community celebrations in the park


Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Playing backgammon


Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Families having fun


There were many different groups making the most of the free electric BBQs and the shady picnic spots last Sunday, but there were more than enough facilities for everyone to enjoy the day. The toilet and shower block is located on the opposite side of the street to the main BBQ area, at the back of the Arts Centre.

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Lots of picnic tables


For anyone lucky enough to have a boat, the mooring is on the northerly riverfront just past the lake, directly opposite Chevron Island.

The rest of us should turn off Bundall Road and head east along Crombie Avenue. This runs directly into Ouyan Street, which is the ring-road running around the back of the Gold Coast Arts Centre and Gold Coast City Council offices. Evandale Parklands extend all the way along Ouyan Street.

Evandale Parklands, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, picnic, beach volleyball, shade, nerang river, fishing, swimming,
Around the back of the Arts Centre

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Why? the best picnic spot in Surfers Paradise
When: open every day (check website for details)
Phone: GC parks (07) 5581 6877 parks@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
Where: Evandale Parklands, Ouyan St, Surfers Paradise
Cost: FREE entry, FREE parking, FREE use of BBQ
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