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Gary Evans Walkway

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published November 5th 2016
Little Oasis Smack Bang In The Heart of Nambour
Gary Evans Walkway, Petrie Park, Nambour, Petrie Creek, Model Railway Park, dog exercise walkway, picnic areas, water dragons
Dog-friendly Gary Evans Walkway - Image: Elaine de Wet


I'm always on the lookout for those 'not much is known about' parks to take my grandson on the days we happily enjoy as Grandparents' Day. The other criteria is that the walks can't really be more than two kilometres, as the little man will literally walk his legs off - this could be a good thing, ensuring that he expends all that surplus energy and sleeps better at night.

Gary Evans Walkway, Petrie Park, Nambour, Petrie Creek, Model Railway Park, dog exercise walkway, picnic areas, water dragons
Walkways are paved throughout - Image: Elaine de Wet


And, so I came across the Gary Evans Walkway in Petrie Park, Nambour, right in the heart of Nambour, within walking distance of the Nambour Hospital, Nambour Aquatic Centre and Nambour Skate Park. One would never imagine that there was a green space right in the middle of town, complete with paved walkways, a creek, picnic areas and parking.

Gary Evans Walkway, Petrie Park, Nambour, Petrie Creek, Model Railway Park, dog exercise walkway, picnic areas, water dragons
Petrie Creek - Image: Elaine de Wet

'Petrie Creek is a tributary of the Maroochy River, starting on the western side of Nambour, flowing through the city and joining the Maroochy River close to Eudlo Creek in Didillibah', thanks to Upstream Paddle for this useful information.

Gary Evans Walkway, Petrie Park, Nambour, Petrie Creek, Model Railway Park, dog exercise walkway, picnic areas, water dragons
Water Dra,gons a-plenty - Image: Elaine de Wet


An energetic (perhaps that's because we had our grandson, who just wanted to run) walk on paved walkways meanders through the trees from Petrie Park Road all the way to Carter Road, Nambour. Water dragons were a-plenty, scattering to the river when they saw us approaching, sun baking, climbing trees and even swimming.

Gary Evans Walkway, Petrie Park, Nambour, Petrie Creek, Model Railway Park, dog exercise walkway, picnic areas, water dragons
Miniature Trains - Image: Sunshine Coast Railway Modellers Society FB Page


Petrie Park encompasses the Model Railway Park too - the steam and diesel miniature trains run the fourth Sunday of every month except December from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Train rides are only $3 each or four tickets for $10. Children under three ride free. Unfortunately, I didn't know this in advance, so we missed the fun opportunity of riding the trains by going on the 'wrong' day.

Gary Evans Walkway, Petrie Park, Nambour, Petrie Creek, Model Railway Park, dog exercise walkway, picnic areas, water dragons
Wrong day! Miniature trains only run on fourth Sunday of every month - Image: Elaine de Wet


Picnic areas were set up along the creek where families were enjoying the tranquil shaded surrounds. The Gary Evans Walkway is also a dog exercise area from Mondays to Fridays.

Gary Evans Walkway, Petrie Park, Nambour, Petrie Creek, Model Railway Park, dog exercise walkway, picnic areas, water dragons
Bridges along Gary Evans Walkway - Image: Elaine de Wet


Perhaps not the usual destination one would bookmark to visit, but if in Nambour on business, or perhaps you work in Nambour, this would be the ideal spot to take one's lunch and a book. The walk was approximately three kilometres return so suited our little man perfectly.

A little oasis, smack bang in the heart of Nambour.
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Why? To enjoy peace and tranquillity in the middle of a town
When: Anytime of the day, seven days a week
Where: Petrie Park Road, Nambour, QLD
Cost: FREE
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The trains will delight my grandson!
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