Home to the Kuraby Cricket Club, Kuraby Community Hall, Kuraby Scouts, and a whole bunch of other clubs, you can probably imagine just how big Wally Tate Park in Kuraby is. Or at least you thought you did, until you throw in a spacious car park with plenty of parks, a basketball half-court, expansive picnic area, public toilet, children's playground, a walking path, and of course, a dog off-leash area! Located just 16km south-east of Brisbane's CBD, it's a good park to visit with heaps of facilities available, without spending too much time in the car.
Eddy in the carpark, ready to sniff out a new park!
Keep walking straight ahead, and within 30 seconds, you will find the public toilets (with 4 stalls), in addition to a skate ramp. There is also plenty of shady seating options, including a gazebo and park benches, for those who prefer to sit out and observe the skating action, or again, plenty of grassy picnic areas for a bite to eat.
Keep following the road straight, and soon you will come to a fork in the road - which road will you choose? There is an obvious visual difference between the two paths; the path to your left will appear to take you through bushland areas, whereas the path continuing straight is flanked by green trees. The path that veers to the left will lead you to the children's playground, whereas continuing straight will lead you to the dog park.
Eddy and I decided to explore the bushland area before the dog park, in case running off-leash in the dog park tired him out too much for another walk, so we opted for the path to our left first! Despite the track starting off like a bushwalk, the trees that flanked the path gradually became greener and greener, until you could no longer say you were bushwalking!
Keep heading straight, and you will come across a biofiltration swale; it's a great chance to teach your young ones about the importance of keeping our environment clean. A biofiltration swale uses grass or other dense plants to filter out sediment and oily materials; as stormwater passes through the plants, pollutants are removed by the combined effects of filtration, infiltration, and settling.
Again, continue straight, and you will soon reach the children's playground area, coupled with a shady gazebo for parents who might prefer watching from the shade! Although I wasn't keeping track of time, the track itself was flat and easy along the whole route, and took us approximately 30 minutes return at a leisurely pace (including photo taking and sniffing out everything Eddy could lay his little paws on).
Eddy having a rest on a piece of play equipment, with the gazebo pictured in the background.
Once we got back to the fork in the road, we continued straight from our original direction this time. The path here is quite different to the other trail (at least in the beginning), with lush green vegetation evident throughout.
An easy 10 minute walk (if that) will get you to the off-leash dog park at Wally Tate Park; an expansive area that will give your pooches a good run for their money (pun intended). There is a gazebo, as well as several shady park benches, for owners to sit and watch while their pups do a good job of tiring themselves out. For the furbabies, there is plenty to explore; from fallen acorns to abandoned containers, and of course, meeting new friends!