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Rocks Riverside Promenade

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Published May 10th 2017
Go bushwalking without going bush
If you love the idea of bushwalking but aren't so keen on being miles from anywhere, then the Rocks Riverside Promenade in Seventeen Mile Rocks could be the ideal walking track for you.

Starting off in the magnificent Rocks Riverside Park, the promenade runs for about three kilometres, taking you to within touching distance of DFO Jindalee.

The path is sealed for the best part (making it suitable for bikes and strollers) and should be achievable for most ages and fitness levels. Along the walk, you'll enjoy uninterrupted views of the river, plus a whole lot of peace and serenity afforded by the towering gums and other trees lining the route. There's also a healthy dose of bird and animal life, so keep your eyes peeled for a koala perched high up in the trees.

If you wander slightly closer to the river, you may catch (depending on the tide level) glimpses of the decaying structures used back when the site was occupied by the Queensland Cement Limited quarry.

The walk in its entirety could take up to two hours depending on your pace, but if you've got plenty of time on your hands, the many covered picnic tables along the route provide a pretty good spot to stop and unpack a picnic or trail snack.

Although I was secretly keen to make it all the way to DFO (a spot of shopping and coffee, anyone?), the toddler's increasing desire to explore the playground back at Rocks Riverside Park saw us turning for home around the halfway point.

She didn't have to twist our arms too hard, though, as my husband and I were both pretty excited about stopping off at the kiosk we passed right near the start of the promenade.

Once we'd eased our caffeine cravings in the form of takeaway coffees, we continued along the path as it loops around the park, taking in lush grassy open spaces, spacious picnic areas, some epically-cool play equipment, plus some public art reflecting the park's industrial heritage.

Rocks Riverside Park has a large sealed car park, which seemed plentiful upon our arrival at around 9am on a Saturday. However, when we were leaving a couple of hours later, the park had filled up significantly, to the point where cars were stalking us for our parking space. So if you want to avoid any parking hassles, it's probably best to arrive before the lunch rush begins - or, you could try starting at the promenade's other end (Amazons Place).
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Why? A walk that Rocks
When: Daylight hours
Where: Starts at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Cost: Free
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