Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published April 27th 2020
Where will you go this weekend?
From Saturday 2 May, families will once again be able to go outdoors for recreation. National Parks will be reopening, although the public amenities within them won't be, so this is worth keeping in mind when planning your first recreation trip outdoors after isolation!
50km is a fair distance for those of us living within the greater Brisbane region. This list includes 5 potential destinations for families looking to enjoy some recreation time outdoors, although it is important for all of us to continue to observe the social distancing rules that include staying at least 1.5m from other people.
The first potential destination is Wellington Point Recreation Reserve on Redlands Coast. This reserve includes two separate playground areas, 90 year old Moreton Bay Fig Trees, a number of picnic shelters and gas BBQs, a boat ramp, and the potential to walk out to Erobin (King Island) when the tide is out. There is also a long jetty, popular amongst those who enjoy fishing, and the protected waters are popular amongst kayakers and kite surfers depending on the conditions.
The sand bar to Erobin being swallowed by the tide at Wellington Point
Mount Coot-tha is a second potential destination with a variety of options for families. The botanical gardens have paved walks that are ideal for families, and the ponds outside of the library near the carpark are well known for harbouring tiny Eastern sedge frogs. The surrounding reserve is home to a number of longer bush trails with creeks, waterfalls, and beautiful birdlife. While some of the trails are for bushwalkers only, others allow mountain bikes and horses as well.
Boondall Wetlands is another option for families seeking easy trails with wildlife. After enjoying trails through bushland and over mangrove boardwalks, families can go birdwatching or enjoy a picnic. At high tide, it is possible to go kayaking at Boondall Wetlands, and there is a bird hide overlooking an area of mangroves.
Cycle or walk along boardwalks over the mangroves at Boondall Wetlands
A fourth option is the Redlands Track Park and Scribbly Gums Reserve in the Redlands Coast Hinterland. This beautiful bushland reserve offers more than 25Km of walking, mountain biking, and horse riding trails along with opportunities for wildlife spotting and birdwatching.
A child enjoying the trails at the Redlands Track Park
A fifth option is Walkabout Creek on the edge of the D'Aguilar National Park between The Gap and Mount Nebo. Although many of the facilities here may not yet be open, it's close proximity to Brisbane makes it a worthwhile trip for its beautiful walking and mountain biking trails and good kayaking. There is also a sandy beach for children to play and swim.
An Eastern water dragon near the lake at Walkabout Creek