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Horse Paddock Carpark, Mordialloc

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Published September 7th 2013
Is your local carpark as well appointed as this one?
The first thing you notice about Horse Paddock Carpark as you are driving down Beach Rd towards Frankston is the Bronze horse statue, standing proud against the skyline. The statue is also clearly visible at night as it is surrounded by 4 spotlights.

Horse Paddock Carpark, Mordialloc
The Horse Statue, next to Horse Paddock Carpark, Mordialloc

I've always been fascinated by this horse statue but never stopped to take a closer look, today it was a beautiful sunny day so it was time to investigate and was amazed at what I found.

To park your car, of course, comes at a cost. If you're a local with a "City of Kingston" you pay via your annual city rates, but don't use the carpark unless you have the appropriate sticker on your front windscreen otherwise you'll be fined like everyone else that tries to get away without paying.

A fine could definitely ruin any good memory of a day at the beach. If you're from another council area and just visiting there is a ticket machine to eat your coins and spit out a ticket that you must display on your car dashboard that allows to park "for a limited time" based on your ticket purchase, at least between 8am and 8pm. Of course you could park across the road in a side street at no cost, and visit the car park which might sound like a pointless idea until you hear what other highlights this carpark has to offer the general public.

The highlights are:-
1. The Horse bronze statue as mentioned earlier erected

2. Carparking spaces for cars - for a fee during the day also mentioned earlier

3. Bicycle stands to park your bike - for free

Horse Paddock Carpark Mordialloc
The bike stands at Horse Paddock Carpark, Mordialloc

4. A place to take your horse swimming before 10am (I kid you not).

The sign at Horse Paddock Carpark, Mordialloc

5. Two open air showers for bathers, not horses to wash sand off after a day at the beach and no more annoying grit in the car - beware however there is no hot water facilities.

Horse Paddock Carpark, Mordialloc
The two open air showers and the water drink station for both human and dogs on the right hand side

6. A bubble tap for humans to drink at (remember those from school) and a lower dog drinking bowl at the bottom of the water station for your dog to drink from (as you can see all manner of species are catered for in the city of Kingston.)

7. A lovely foreshore walk during the day that is lit of an evening and weaves its way to the Moridolloc pier, along part of the Mordialloc Foreshore Reserve.

Horse Paddock Carpark, Mordialloc
From Horse Paddock Carpark looking towards the Mordialloc Pier

There's plenty to do in this part of the world, but don't wait for the heat of the summer when everywhere along the bay will be crowded. Anytime is a good time to go for a walk.

A great place to meet for a walk as the horse statue is clearly visible as you drive past and only a few seconds away from the carpark there are pedestrian lights.

There is also an informational plaque explaining how the carpark got it's name but I don't want to give everything away so I'll leave that tidbit for you to discover.
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Why? A great place to meet friends for a walk
Where: The Horse Paddock Carpark, Beach Road, Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia
Cost: Cost of parking or free if you get there by foot, bus or bike
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I've never heard of a bubble tap. Are they just drinking fountains or do they produce bubbles?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2844 days ago
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