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10 parks to explore for #ParksWeek2020

Meadowvale Nature Park
Meadowvale Nature Park.

As part of #ParksWeek2020, Bundaberg Regional Council has created a list of parks for residents to explore.

With features including a 40 metre flying fox, fenced dog areas, play equipment, walking tracks and more, the list of parks is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some parks you may not have heard of before:

Meadowvale Nature Park

Where: Rosedale Rd, Meadowvale

This beautiful area of bushland includes groves of paperbarks, tall stands of Eucalypts and grass trees next to a freshwater creek.

You can enjoy two short walks with the sandy tracks both leading to views out over Splitters Creek.

Listen out for calls of native bird species including Friarbirds, Olive-backed orioles and lorikeets, and keep an eye out for some of the 60 species of animals that call this park home including echidnas, bandicoots and sugar gliders.

Theodolite Creek Boat Ramp & Park

Theodolite Creek
Theodolite Creek

Where: Theodolite Creek Drive, Woodgate

Don’t miss Woodgate’s hidden gem.

Only 4km from the town centre Theodolite Creek Park is the perfect spot for a day out with the family.

Fish from the shore, launch your boat from the boat ramp, swim in the peaceful waters and enjoy a BBQ picnic.

Millennium Park

Millenium Park
Millenium Park.

Where: Churchill St, Childers

Right in the heart of Childers lies Millennium Park.

This small picturesque park offers wheelchair accessible picnic shelters, a shaded children’s playground and barbecue area with toilet block and change facilities.

Perfect for travellers there is plenty of off-street parking for vans and motorhomes.

The Park features the Kanaka Memorial commemorating the contribution made by the Kanakas in the early years of the sugar industry in Queensland.

The main memorial is a three-dimensional walk through a series of art structures with written text to complete the story.

Gin Gin Recreation Reserve

Gin Gin Recreation Reserve.
Gin Gin Recreation Reserve.

Where: May St, Gin Gin

With a 40 metre flying fox, climbing tower with slide, shaded skate bowl and play facilities for younger children this reserve is well worth a stopover for!

Gin Gin Recreation Reserve is set just off the Bruce Highway and is a popular spot with locals and tourists.

The large picnic shelter, tables and barbecue facilities are perfect for a family get together.

Mary Kinross Park

Mary Kinross Park.
Mary Kinross Park.

Where: Woongarra Scenic Drive, Bargara

A short drive from the centre of Bargara, Mary Kinross Park features open spaces perfect to kick a ball and shady areas to enjoy a picnic.

Children’s play facilities, seating and barbecues are great for family catch ups.

Dog lovers can bring their pooches down to enjoy the fenced dog park, while the multi-modal pathway connects the park to the turtle trail.

Riverview Recreation Reserve

Riverview Recreation Reserve.
Riverview Recreation Reserve.

Where: McIntosh Avenue, Elliott Heads

Located on the mouth of the Elliott River, Riverview Park is located in a peaceful area with plenty of amenities.

Children will love the playground complete with swings, fort and seesaw. There are ample picnic facilities.

Bring your boat and launch it off the boat ramp or bring your rod for some fishing off the floating jetty, or enjoy stand up paddle-boarding and kayaking.

Extend your visit by strolling through the adjacent Riverview Environmental Reserve which has three walking tracks to choose from.

Baldwin Swamp Environmental Reserve

Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park pathway.
Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park pathway.

Where: Steindl St, East Bundaberg

This beautiful area of freshwater wetlands and rainforest close to the centre of Bundaberg provides an important habitat for waterbirds and other wildlife.

The network of walking tracks, boardwalks and bridges makes it easy to explore. The reserve is popular with birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists.

The shelter shed is available for hire and the Bush Chapel makes an ideal outdoor venue for weddings. At the western end of the reserve is a children’s playground at Lake Ellen.

Sharon Gorge Nature Park

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Sharon Gorge Nature Park is an important habitat area for wildlife and rare plants such as the vulnerable Wedge-leaf Tuckeroo. Photo: Wide Bay Kids

Where: Gin Gin Road, Sharon

Where can you see rainforest, ferns, palms and orchids a short distance from Bundaberg?

Sharon Gorge Nature Park is an important habitat area for wildlife and plants.

A key feature of the Gorge is the subtropical rainforest only found in this area known as Woongarra Vine Scrub, as well as being home of the rare Wedge-Leaf Tuckeroo found only in South-East Queensland.

Take the 900m walkway down to the viewing deck and seat to see the Burnett River and enjoy the shaded picnic areas and barbecues.

Gin Gin Nature Park

Gin Gin Nature Park
Gin Gin Nature Park.

Where: Elliot Street, Gin Gin

This bushland reserve with large eucalyptus trees, deep waterholes and a running creek provides an important habitat for birds and other native wildlife on the outskirts of Gin Gin.

Explore the park via a short walking track with a timber viewing platform near the creek.

The Reserve is part of a larger ecological corridor mapped as vegetation of local significance and supports a range of birds and mammals including blue-faced honeyeaters and kangaroos.

Vera Scarth-Johnson Wildflower Reserve

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A stunning variety of colours can be discovered in the Vera Scarth-Johnson Wildflower Reserve.

Where: Coonarr

If yoy are looking for a bush experience close to Bundaberg on tranquil well defined walking tracks then head to Vera Scarth-Johnson Wildflower Reserve.

Named after artist and conservationist Vera Scarth-Johnson, wildflowers bloom throughout the year and are most spectacular in Spring.

The walking track splits near the entrance with a 1km circuit taking you past a viewing deck next to a waterhole and then onto the salt flats of the Elliott River.

The Reserve is a great spot for birdwatchers and to also see the wallum, a now threatened coastal ecosystem.

Find out more about #ParksWeek2020 here.

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  1. Baldwin Swamp is a fantastic place to walk. Ian works so hard to keep it nice for us walkers, always listening to any concerns. Thank you to Neil for keeping it so tidy. Bundy council at its best. Thank you.

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