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.
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.
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.
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.