Walking around your local streets can be a convenient and free way of exercising your dog, starting and finishing at your house before or after work. If you have one like mine however, they have a tendency to stop at each and every tree, person and other object for a sniff; this can often make it stressful when contending with cars driving in and out of driveways, and a dog who is exploring in her own time. She also loves meeting other dogs, and it can be hard to drag her away from new friends. Having had a week of rushed, brisk walks with no time to stop for networking, my girl was starting to get cabin fever.
So, last Saturday, I decided to take her to Harold Kielly Park, a local playground and barbecue area located at Bald Hills Creek. The creek and its surrounding wetlands are a relatively unused part of the local area, which is a shame as the facilities are great. The grounds are nearly always immaculate and local wildlife such as ducks, swans and other waterbirds thrive here. Park benches are well placed, and allow for a nice view of the creek in the afternoon.
Swans and waterbirds in Harold Kielly Park
The northern end of Harold Kielly Park
The best walking route is starting from the northern side (near Bracken Ridge Road), crossing the bridge, then walking up the bike path parallel to Hoyland St, then turning around and walking back across the bridge, then stopping up at the play equipment and sitting in the shade. This works out to a circuit just under two kilometres. This isn't a huge walk, but a good addition to a current walking route if you live locally.
Harold Kielly Park is within walking distance of most of the western side of Bracken Ridge, and the eastern side of Bald Hills. If you are driving, turn onto Bracken Ridge Road from Hoyland Street. Parking is free but limited, and may be quick to fill on weekends.