Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Published April 3rd 2016
Make this Suburban Oasis an Extenison of Your Own Backyard
It is not uncommon to see groups of people gathered at Timbarra Park. The park is well equipped to host a family or work gathering and its combination of winding paths, open spaces, trees, and gardens make it a pleasant and pretty place. Add to that children's playgrounds, BBQ's, picnic tables and football goal posts and this suburban oasis is a sure winner.
To truly appreciate this farmyard themed park, you must walk about it for surprises lay within and there is much to do there.
Garden beds are scattered throughout the park (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
1. Wander the Paths. Paths wind throughout the park, some in open sunshine and others shaded by mature trees. Indeed these little tree lined avenues could be a Paris promenade. The area is a flat easy walk with seating scattered about.
Shaded paths for a pleasant stroll (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
2. Admire the Gardens. A variety of garden beds are scattered through the park. The playground equipment has beds of ornamental ground covers, grasses and low lying flowering shrubs set around it as though it might be in the backyard of a country farmhouse. Beds of tidy ground covers fringe the carpark and entrances to the park's paths are framed by corral fencing and flowering shrubs.
The scarecrow sculpture near the playgrounds (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
3. Children's Playgrounds. A set of swings dominates one section of the playground, set in the shadow of trees with corral fencing on two sides. There are three swings; one with a traditional wooden seat, another with a curved rubber seat and a toddler's swing with leg holes all set atop rubber landing pads.
A heavy duty spring see saw with a centre wooden platform can seat two at either end. The multiplay structure has platforms on three levels, a slide, a chain climbing net, a low balance beam, monkey bar rings, sloping parallel bars, a fireman's pole, a tunnel, and an abacus.
One of the playground areas (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
4. Have a BBQ, Picnic. There is an electric BBQ with two cooking areas and a number of picnic tables and seats at the park. A rotunda near the playgrounds houses two bench seats and there is another seat in the open. The expansive lawns afford plenty of room for fold out chairs and picnic rugs. Choose a spot in shade or sunshine as suits yourself. The Parkhill Plaza shopping centre is only across the road should you need any last minute supplies.
A beautiful place for a picnic or BBQ (Photo by Gayle Beveridge)
5. Football and Goal Posts. Don't forget to bring along a football or two for the kids. A set of goal posts sit at one end of the largest grassed area. When I last visited two young lads and their dad were making good use of them.
Expansive lawns and goal posts (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
6. Sit on the Grass or Under the Trees. Picture yourself sitting comfortably on the grass or beneath the trees reading a book or chatting with friends. Some young mothers lay out a blanket for baby and together they enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Friends lean against the corral fencing chatting happily as they watch their children play.
Take a rest in the shade of the rotunda (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
7. Look at the sculptures. The farmyard theme of Timbarra Park is reflected in the two metal sculptures set in gardens by the playgrounds. One is a grazing cow, very effectively portrayed as it is placed within a patch of ornamental grasses. The second is a metal scarecrow set in gardens backed by corral fencing.
One of the farmyard themed sculptures (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
8. Walk the Dog. Your four legged friends will enjoy the park as much as you. These easy flat paths away from traffic, with plenty to look at and sniff are ideal. Do be respectful pet owners though, keep your dog on a leash and pick up after them.
The Ernst Wanke Road entrance to the park (Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge)
The park sits at the corner of Ernst Wanke Road, Parkhill Drive and Jerilderie Drive, on the Lyrebird Gardens Estate, opposite the Parkhill Plaza Shopping Centre. Entry to the carpark is from Lyrebird Garden (Road). Pedestrian entry is available on all sides.
Where:The park sits at the corner of Ernst Wanke Road, Parkhill Drive and Jerilderie Drive, on the Lyrebird Gardens Estate, opposite the Parkhill Plaza Shopping Centre. Entry to the carpark is from Lyrebird Garden (Road). Pedestrian entry is available on a