Now that our lives are slowly returning to some form of normality and the shops are open again, perhaps some of us have delighted in the chance to wheel our trolley around and shop mindlessly.
But if you have had your fill of pushing a cart around Costco in North Lakes and eaten enough of IKEA's meatballs while filling your trolley with Gnedby, Billy and Flysta, just take off down the road and find the turning which will lead you to Lake Eden, a lake in North Lakes which provides the perfect walk and you don't even have to leave the neighbourhood.
Lake Eden is perfect on so many levels - it is a circular walk - it's not very long, it's pretty, it's shaded in parts, it offers a surprising variety of bird and animal life and at the end of it, there is a lovely place for a drink or lunch if you choose to go there or you can bring your picnic and sit on the bank.
We walked clockwise around the lake. Along the way, we spotted welcome swallows on the railings, swamp hens, kingfishers with beautiful colours, rainbow lorikeets and egrets. There were terrapins in the water and coming up onto the banks as well. They were as curious about us as we were of them.
If you are even more adventurous, there is the North Lakes Environmental Park and the Melaleuca Lake to explore just minutes away.
Isn't it wonderful that these suburban areas, complete with their shopping centres and their industrial parks, have made room for bikeways and lakes and boardwalks in amongst them all. They are waiting for you to explore them.