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Published June 7th 2016
A Calm Riverside Oasis to Chill Out
This delightful park runs along side the Maroochy River and boasts a series of covered table and barbecue areas with new amenities being built as I write. Parking is readily available on the Esplanade close to the tables with easy disability access as it's quite flat. Be sure to pack what you need – thermos, food or bait - and bring your ball, bike or cricket set as there is ample grass to play. Although no playground it offers plenty of scope for the imaginative to create your own interactive games with family and friends.
Picnic Point Esplanade runs off from busy Duporth Ave and brings you into a calm oasis to sit and watch the water, cycle, paddle or bird watch, fish, chat, stroll, barbecue or just take time out for you. It's a very relaxed spot that the locals keep quiet hoping that most will use the more busy Bradman Ave for river access.
I've enjoyed a few good group barbecues here where the wheelies can move around freely. I also know a few keen fisher-people – meditators, who like the quiet calm here – who have been known to catch enough for dinner.
It is just a small section of the coastal pathway from Mooloolaba Spit right through. Or stroll along the river banks to the local corner store - yes one of the few still in existence - Chambers Island, hire a small boat or take the river cruise or sea-plane ride. There are many choices to suit the adventurous or the more lazy.
The pelicans and cormorants fish here while the ibis, pigeons and seagulls will scavenge a share of your food. It's a good family location to picnic and paddle, no waves but the current does flow strongly when the tide is changing. But whatever your motivation this is a sincerely calm oasis when the Coast is busiest.