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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Wrong day! Miniature trains only run on fourth Sunday of every month - 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.