Where is it: Sylvan Beach Esplanade, Bellara
Why we love it: Nice sand and gently sloping beaches make the water irresistible for our little kids! We love the parks as well!
Tell me more: Sylvan Beach runs along the western side of Bribie Island, separated from Sandstone Point on the mainland by the Pumicestone Passage. There are a number of parks spread along the beach and are really easily access from the esplanade. We visited a couple of parks - the Pirates Only Park and Crest Park - for a quick play and a splash! Only a short 20 metre walk from the parking areas (Pirates Only Park has off-street parking) and you will be at the picnic tables and playgrounds. The beach areas adjacent to both parks are easy to get to and both have shallow entries into the water - great for the little kids! Be aware that the parks are unfenced so you will have to keep an eye on the little guys! We had heaps of fun alternating between playground and beach, and we loved the fact that both parks have heaps of trees and shade!
Amenities: Toilets, picnic areas and drinking water available - there are also some cafes and shops nearby! 👍👍👍
Parking: Parking along the esplanade and some off street parking as well! 👍👍👍
Access: So easy to access, and only a short walk to the water! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: The playgrounds and calm water make this a great option for young families! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: A really nice option for a quiet and relaxing day by the water! Plenty of shady trees and easy access are big pluses! 👍👍👍
Hints: Keep an eye on the tides! At high tide the water might be a little deep for the little guys!
Pirates only Park
Where is it: Brennan Park, Bongaree, Bribie Island
What's it all about: It's a fun and free scavenger hunt-style Easter egg hunt put on by Moreton Bay Regional Council!
How can I join in: No need to book or register - just head on down to the park and pick up your Easter egg hunting card!
Tell me more: There are so many Easter egg hunt events on around Brisbane in the lead up to Easter that it's hard to decide which one to head along to! We love this one at Bongaree because it's well organised, everyone gets a good little supply of Easter eggs and it's easy - just find the printed eggs hidden throughout the park and match them on your card! It's great because the you can see that the little kids get really excited as they find the eggs! There is a fundraising barbeque breakfast available, a jumping castle and the Easter bunny also pays a visit! And all of this happens right by the beach - a really fun morning out!
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
Where is it: Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point
What's it all about: A festival all about strawberries! Partly to recognise the farmers, partly to acknowledge the significance of the strawberry industry here in south east Queensland, and partly just to have fun and extra strawberries!
How can I join in: Held annually (usually just before the end of winter), keep an eye on the website for up-to-date details!
Tell me more: We weren't really prepared for how big this event was going to be - maybe a lot of people didn't want to accept that the Ekka was finished and wanted to keep the party going, but it was a really popular event! Luckily they have a great venue, The Sandstone Point Hotel. With its sprawling lawn areas, there was heaps of room so it didn't really feel too crowded. There was a live music stage which also had a Dirtgirlworld show on for the kids, lots of rides, strawberry eating competitions, heaps of strawberries in all different forms (drizzled with chocolate seemed to be quite popular!), and heaps of food options! We had heaps of fun and really enjoyed this event, but we should mention the traffic - even though the venue has heaps of space, the roads around the hotel are not really ready to handle such an influx of visitors! There was huge congestion around the hotel, so be prepared!
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