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Thorneside-Birkdale Esplanade

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by Aunty Joy (subscribe)
I live in Nambour in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Published December 14th 2015
Walk, ride and play at this little-known bayside park
Thorneside, Birkdale, sunrise, ocean, sea, mangroves, walk, run, cycle, dog, Joy Hinckley
Sunrise at Queens Esplanade, Thorneside. Photo: J. Hinckley

Locals know about it, but do you? The esplanade between Thorneside and Birkdale (technically, Queens Esplanade and Commodore Drive) is a great place for families, walkers, cyclists and dogs. It doesn't have the bustle of the fish and chip shops and cafes of Manly, but this makes it a less crowded option for an outing (and there are cafes close by).

With Beth Boyd Park at the Thorneside end, and Aquatic Paradise Park at the Birkdale end, there are two nice gathering places for families with kids to have a barbie and play on the playground equipment (which includes a "ship" for conquering the bay).

Thorneside, walk, cycle, ocean, bay, park, playground, picnic, Joy Hinckley
Beth Boyd Park, Thorneside. Photo: Joy hinckley

In between there is a 1.4km level concrete pathway suitable for all ability access. It's possible to extend the walk at the Thorneside end, across the grassy path right round to Tingalpa Creek.

The picnic areas have shade structures and trees, but the path is sunny. It's best to walk either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the air is cool and there are some lovely colours in the sky and reflected on the water.

sunset, bay, walk, views, evening, Birkdale, Joy Hinckley
Sunset at the esplanade, Birkdale. Photo: J. Hinckley

At the Aquatic Paradise end there is a dog off-leash area, so it's a great place to bring your best friend to exercise on-leash along the path, then off-leash to inspect the water's edge, and romp in the semi-enclosed area.

A good long walk for energetic dogs and humans. Photo: J. Hinckley

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Why? Walk, bbq, cycle, jog, dog park, playground
Where: Queens Espalanade, Thorneside
Cost: FREE
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