Where is it: Various locations across Australia
What's it all about: A week to celebrate all the good and fun things that playgroups provide families!
How can I join in: Check out the Playgroup website to find out what's on!
Tell me more: Playgroup Queensland is an organisation that facilitates the creation of informal and relaxed playgroups - which are simply groups of kids and their carers getting together for a play! Every year Playgroup Queensland (and Playgroup Australia) sets aside a specific week of fun during Playgroup Week, where there are heaps of awesome activities and games for everyone to get involved in! There is a different theme every year, and there are various locations across the state and the country - we've been to themes of dress-ups and favourite books! They are lots of fun and a great way to get involved in playgroups with like-minded parents, and have all the usual activities to engage with the kids - craft, painting, games, storytime and heaps more!
Capalaba Regional Park, 2017
Where is it: 154 Southern Cross Circuit‚ Springfield
Why we love it: It's the complete parkland experience! A great mix of lawns, paths, playgrounds and water will make sure that you satisfy everyone's needs!
Tell me more: Robelle Domain is a parkland that is right up there with Southbank, Roma Street Parklands, and New Farm Park as being some of the best parks in the area, and I'm sure more than a few people would argue that it's the best! It's not hard to see why either, as there is so much to do here, from a picnic or a quiet stroll along the kilometres of pathways, or getting into the action at the water-play park, playground, grab a coffee at one of the cafés or pack your swimmers for Orion Lagoon! The water-play area is really fun, with soft-fall floor, lots of sprinklers and a giant dumping bucket! Orion Lagoon is a huge (and free!) public pool area, complete with lifeguards and a great little area for the little guys - it would be worth visiting just for the lagoon, but the playgrounds and park areas are hard to ignore! We've been along to Robelle Domain a number of times and we always have a great time - there's just so much to do! Probably the only downside to this park is that it is so popular so you will need to get in early if you want to secure yourself a picnic spot!
Amenities: Full amenities and there's even a café! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Enough parking, but it is very popular! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to access, however it is a large park! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Everyone! 👍👍👍👍👍
Summary: Certainly one of the best parks in Brisbane! If you are looking for a park that ticks all the boxes, this one does just that! 👍👍👍👍👍
Hints: Get in early to avoid the crowds - it is very popular!
Robelle Domain Waterpark
Where is it: Obi Sth Lane, Maleny, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Why we love it: A creek, waterfalls and swimming hole in the beautiful location of Maleny - whats not to love?
Tell me more: Gardner's Falls are a nice set of small cascading waterfalls and waterholes along the Obi Obi Creek at Maleny. Very easy to access - you park right on the edge of the creek - and situated really close to the picturesque village of Maleny, this is a really popular spot for a swim or just for a bit of sightseeing! Upon parking at the small carpark, it’s only a couple of minutes’ walk to the gently cascading falls. Above the falls there are lots of large, exposed rocks that you can wander over and explore – however take care as these can get quite slippery as well! The water falls into a large-ish waterhole which is great for swimming. It has a rocky base (which again, can be a little slippery) and at the downstream end of the waterhole it is reasonably shallow so the kids can play around in this area. Closer to the actual waterfall, the water is deep and you will see lots of people either jumping off the top of the falls (it’s only a couple of metres) or even swinging out of trees! It’s a lovely spot to visit – easy to get to (no hiking through kilometres of bushland) and the water is generally cool and clear! As it seems to be with a lot of popular, public areas, you will find a little bit of rubbish around although the locals do a great job of trying to stay on top of this! Well worth a visit!
Amenities: There's a long-drop toilet at the carpark area, but hold your breath! 👍👍
Parking: A small gravel carpark that fills up quickly! Some parking along the access road as well! 👍👍
Access: A gravel track leads to the waterfalls and waterhole, but once you get to the waterfalls area the track gets a little rough! Overall it's a very accessible waterhole! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Everyone can enjoy this, however we think that kids 5 and over would have the most fun! 👍👍👍
Summary: A beautiful waterhole in a beautiful location! It's great for sightseeing or for swimming - however it's popularity is it's only downside as there is a bit of rubbish around and can get crowded at times! 👍👍👍
Hints: Plan to spend some time in the area - Maleny really is a beautiful location! And if heading up on a weekend, expect it to be busy!
Where is it: Starting at Alice St at the City Botanic Gardens and marching up George, Mary and Edward Streets before returning to the gardens!
What's it all about: A parade through the streets of Brisbane to celebrate the Irish culture!
How can I join in: Get dressed up in green and cheer on the parade!
Tell me more: St Patrick is celebrated as the patron saint of Ireland, and St Patrick's Day is generally regarded as a celebration of all Irish heritage and culture. With such a large population of Irish expats calling Brisbane home, and so many Australians with Irish heritage, any celebration of Irish culture is bound to draw a crowd! A week-long Irish Festival commences with the parade, which sets off from the City Botanic Gardens and marches around a couple of city blocks, so there's plenty of opportunity to find a vantage point to get a good view. Irish dancers, marching bands, sporting teams and community associations take part in the march, singing, dancing and cheering (and even handing out a few lollies!) their way through the city! The crowd responds appropriately - as it would seem that there is a significant proportion of the crowd that would have Irish heritage as well!
After the parade, the party continues at any of the number of Irish-themed pubs, or for the families in the City Botanic Gardens, where there is a market and live Irish music. Most of the kids and families head straight to the playground - which, by coincidence, is a nice shade of green! - so the great festive atmosphere from the parade is carried through to the playground as well! A lovely morning out for everyone, regardless of whether you have an Irish connection or not!
After Party in the Botanic Gardens
Where is it: Various locations – check the website for more details!
What's it all about: A day where all of our Emergency Services are represented and get to show off their skills!
How can I join in: We get to see a few of these expos around the region at different times of the year! They are free events and they would love to see your support!
Tell me more: We've got heaps of respect for all of our emergency services teams, they all have such an important role in our society and often go about their jobs without any fuss or recognition about what they do. So it's great to get along to these open days and give them a bit of attention, and it's great for the kids (and adults!) to get up close to the impressive equipment that is on show! We’ve been to previous expos at Bribie Island which started by having a water-bombing helicopter land right in front of us - we were all blown away (figuratively and very nearly literally!) by having this awesome machine come in so close to us! Although that was hard to top, the rest of the emergency services teams were not to be outdone - firefighting displays, climbing on and in all sorts of trucks and boats, water-bombing helicopters and sea rescues were all amazing experiences for the little guys and we're sure that they will remember this for a long time to come! Not all of the expos are by the water, however they are very nearly as impressive (the water-bombing is hard to beat!), with a lot of the same impressive displays and equipment on show. They really are a fun day out with the little guys and it’s great to show support to our emergency services personnel!
Contact: http://www.vmrbribie.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/ESEBNE/
Teralba Park, Everton Park
Sylvan Beach, Bribie Island
Brisbane Family Explorers