The Sherwood Arboretum is a wonderful place for families, teenagers and the elderly. I have been exploring the arboretum for as long as I can remember. I have found many of its secret meadows, hidey holes and have picked out my favourite seats with the best views. Arboretum means 'place of trees' in Latin, and this is exactly what it is.
Due to recent wet weather spells, us Sherwood folk, have created many fun things to do in the rain. You can set up slides on the hills, have mud fights, jump puddles, use skim boards to "snowboard" down the hills or go fishing at the pontoon in your grooviest raincoat.
When the weather is fine, you can enjoy the boardwalk along the Brisbane River. It is a perfect place to walk your dog. The boardwalk also provides the public with a jetty to launch canoes or kayaks - just remember to organise a pick up dependant on where the tide takes you. The pathway to this walk comes out to beautiful climbing trees at one end, and at the other, a meadow, which is highly suited for picnics under the trees and frisbee or cricket in the field.
The arboretum is home to a variety of wildlife from ducks and geese to possums and turtles. Many of these creatures take refuge in the pond. The pond has a bridge from one end to the other, giving you a chance to meet and greet the wildlife when they venture up on to land and allows you easy access to the benches with the best views.
At the Jolimont Street entrance to the Arboretum, you can clearly see the avenue of trees. These trees were planted, along with the trees on Honour Avenue, as a sign of respect to war veterans from the area. Each tree in the avenue represents a fallen soldier. Sadly during the 2013 Australia Day storms and winds some of these beautiful historic trees collapsed. These trees are currently being replaced. The walk along this avenue is very peaceful and is a perfect place to ponder.
The Arboretum is also home to two playgrounds, barbecues, sheltered picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains and most importantly bathrooms. The Arboretum is not one to be missed if you are in Brisbane.
The Arboretum is easily accessible as it is only a 2 minute walk from Sherwood train station (Richlands or Ipswich train line) to the Dewar Terrace entry point, or a 5 minute walk to the Jolimont entrance. So jump of the train to Sherwood and make some memories.