Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Published April 6th 2021
The secret to a happy family is wearing the little ones out
The Redlands Coast, nestling in southern Moreton Bay, is fortunate to have a plethora of parklands available to locals for a variety of reasons: sport, outdoor play, bushwalking, playgrounds for children, or tranquil contemplation.
Valantine Park in Alexandra Hills is one of those parks that caters for everyone, even the family pooch. The off-leash dog parks - one for the little canines and the other for large hounds - are fully fenced and include water bowls for the four-legged friends.
The rest of this reserve is leashes-on for dogs at all times. This is because Koalas are known to travel throughout this area day or night. We didn't see any during our walk, though we did spot a tree full of Flying Foxes.
Valantine Park is spacious with plenty of room to move. The children's playground is modern and includes seating, as well as a nearby undercover picnic hut with barbecues in case you want to make a day of it.
Elsewhere, there is a cricket net as well as a large open area for ball games including goalposts. Once again, there is seating nearby, if you prefer to keep watch over kids at play to ensure they wear themselves out.
The native vegetation and towering gums provide shade and privacy if you are looking for some peace. I would be thrilled to lose a few hours under a gum with a good book and a coffee.
This bushland is also a designated Parkfit area with exercise equipment for those so inclined and includes an aerobic walker, leg press, and chin ups bar - all things in which I have no personal knowledge or interest.
Of interest is the newly opened Disc Golf Course, the first and only in the Redlands.
What is Disc Golf?
As the name infers it is similar to golf though without the golf club and ball. The disc replaces the ball, a person's arm replaces the club and a target, such as a metal basket, replaces the hole. The aim is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws.
A course map has been installed to guide players, so you just need to bring your discs, which are similar to frisbees.
The course includes nine tee areas and baskets traversing the length of the park. The first tee and basket, along with a 'how to play' sign, are located in the southern end near Mackay Court. It does look good family or group fun and I believe some of the local schools have recently sourced their own supply of discs to include Disc Golf as a school sport.