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Happy Valley Park

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by Heath Hewitt (subscribe)
Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published November 29th 2012
Crack A Smile At This Popular Caloundra Park And Beach
You've got to have a smile on your face when you visit a place like Happy Valley. Caloundra's prime park and beach spot is a must visit on any agenda taking in this particular part of the Sunshine Coast.

How could you not smile?
How could you not smile?

As I walked through Happy Halley, also known as Clarke Place, it was apparent to me why this was such an awesome place to spend the weekend. I'll start with the park. The open space here is impressive. I saw one family playing a game of cricket and there was still enough room for everyone else to enjoy their own part of the park.

Enjoy that ocean breeze
Enjoy that ocean breeze

The playground itself is also impressive. This isn't the typical playground you'll see around the place, they've gone to a lot of effort here to stand out. The best part was the area shaped like a ship - very fitting considering the ocean was a stone's throw away. I also noticed they had more swings than usual - probably because they know it's going to be busy here. All this of course is protected from the sun by shade sails.

One of the Sunshine Coast's most exciting playgrounds
One of the Sunshine Coast's most exciting playgrounds

Mums and dads can also have their peace and quiet relaxing in the nearby shade of the trees. If you've come for a picnic you're in luck, there's also plenty of electric barbecues for your use and tables to enjoy them on if you forgot that blanket to set up on.

There is plenty of room to run around here
There is plenty of room to run around here

While the park itself can be fun, a lot of people come here to relax. The walk way that begins just past Bulcock Beach and follows the coastline right around to Kings Beach is a beautiful place to be. Enjoy the ocean breeze cooling you down as you either stroll, dawdle or jog through this impressive part of the world.

One of Caloundra's best spots
One of Caloundra's best spots

I had such a relaxing walk up here. It may have been busy but that just speaks volumes of how popular this place is. The stretch of coastline just off here was the perfect place for beginner surfers and those just wanting a paddle in the ocean. There were also plenty of people completely happy with soaking up the rays, and just watching others.

Don't forget to stop every now and again and take in the scenery
Don't forget to stop every now and again and take in the scenery

The walkway took us all the way around to Kings Beach. I was surprised, it looked like it was so much further away on the map but it was really no trouble at all.
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Why? For a park, playground and beach spot that will knock your socks off
When: Any time you like
Where: Happy Valley AKA Clarke Place
Cost: Free
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