Tucked in neatly behind Montville's Information Centre, you will find Russell Family Park
A visit to the picturesque village of Montville, perched charmingly atop the Blackall Range is an absolute 'must-do' in any tourist's book. But for us locals, a visit to this boutique-y little village is an opportunity to just breathe in deeply, to inhale the fresh mountain air and to celebrate what our local region has to offer.
Russell Family Park has recently undergone a facelift
Montville first settled in 1887 and besides boasting commanding views towards the ocean, is also in close proximity to the magnificent Kondalilla National Park
, offering hiking, walking
, picnicking and cooling down in a waterfall rockpool
. Serious hikers can access the fifty-eight kilometre Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great! Walk
from Montville, promising impressive panoramic views of the coast and hinterland.
Colourful artwork, part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail
With the relaxing of restrictions throughout Queensland, my adventurous 'other
' and I decided a trip to Montville would be the perfect Sunday outing. Of course, everyone from Brisbane to Hervey Bay had exactly the same idea, which ensured total traffic chaos. And this is how, much to our delight, we discovered the tucked away hidden gem that is Russell Family Park
. This magical family park in Montville has recently undergone a fabulous facelift and can be found just off Western Avenue in Montville. However, a better access point is via the public car park at 198 Main Street, which is nestled in neatly behind Montville's Information Centre.
The 75,000 square metre Russell Family Park offers families nature and landscape play activities, with lush sloping grassy hills, age-old trees, an environmental walk and a range of wildlife that children will love.
'Here the bustle stops. Here, the rush of ocean is a whisper on the distant wind far, far below...poetry by Deanne Lister'
This hidden gem in Montville is a place for families to reconnect with nature, giving children the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. The play equipment at Russell Family Park has a strong emphasis on nature-based play, allowing parents and children to enjoy the rock seating walls, colourful artwork and interweaving pathways where the littlies can ride their bicycles. This very popular Family Park caters for children from the ages of two to twelve and is suitable for all ability levels.
Authentic windmill overlooking a picnic spot
Russell Family Park has its very own authentic windmill; features a wooden band stand - children were using it for skateboarding - and two lakes with wheelchair/pram accessible walking paths.
Advantages to spending quality family time at Russell Family Park
Wheelchair and pram accessible paved pathways
Newly refurbished playground catering for children aged two to twelve
Well-maintained wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities
Undercover picnic tables with barbecues
Grassy open spaces with sufficient room to kick a ball
Doggy - on a leash - friendly and 'doggy-do' bags too
'The Children Who Loved Books' story seat
Russell Family Park is also home to 'The Children Who Loved Books
' story seat
, which forms part of the First 5 Forever
universal family literacy programme.
A massive green space to be enjoyed by families all year round!
Montville Cafe's and restaurants are a hop and a skip from Russell Family Park - perfect for takeaway snacks and refreshments.
If you're looking to enjoy a special day out with friends and family, pack a picnic and head off to Russell Family Park in Montville, it's an inviting green space to be enjoyed all year round.
All images courtesy of author