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Published April 28th 2016
Looking to wear the kiddies out again? Look no further
Is it time for another family outing? Are you looking for a location where the kids can have fun and entertain themselves, whilst you and your partner manage a little quality time together? Somewhere that takes into consideration budget constraints?
Windermere Park, on Windemere Road in Alexandra Hills is a large parkland suitable for children of all ages, and which may provide the perfect respite for busy mums and dads.
Known fondly as Alex Hills by the locals, this suburb nestles between Cleveland to the east, and Capalaba to the west. It has all the normal suburban facilities, such as a shopping centre on Finicune Road, as well as numerous corner stores scattered across the suburb supplying food and beverages should you be so inclined.
For this exercise we packed an esky with fruit, cheese and bikkies, sausages and a loaf of bread. That's right, we kept it simple which meant less work for the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. That would be me. And who doesn't enjoy a sausage sizzle?
Windermere Road Park is clean, tidy and well maintained. The two gas barbecues are at no cost and are situated alongside the undercover picnic tables.
For the older ones there is a basketball court as well as a dedicated, fenced off, skateboard park which was getting good use by lads with scooters and BMX bikes. Surrounded by extensive open parkland there is also plenty of room for team sports so ensure that you pack the cricket bat and ball.
Yes, there are public facilities, as well as exercise equipment for those who still have energy to expend.
Did I also mention that the family dog is well catered for at Windermere Road Park?
There are two fenced "off leash" areas for dogs, the larger fenced area for bigger hounds even containing agility equipment. Although our Bentley, a two year old Labrador, looks to be a large dog, I am much more comfortable for him to run free in the designated area for smaller dogs. Being profoundly deaf he often misinterprets social queues and wants to play with every canine he spots, which is not always appropriate.
This parkland in the middle of suburbia is worth investigating. The weather is at last cooling down so let the kids and the dog off the leash, and throw a snag on the barbie. Just don't forget the sunscreen and a good book.