As part of Parks Week 2022, the community is being encouraged to celebrate the region's diverse playgrounds and natural spaces by getting out and about to explore.
The Bundaberg Region is made up of a multitude of parks and natural spaces, each with their own unique environmental flair.
Bundaberg Regional Council's parks and gardens portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said Parks Week, which was coordinated by Parks and Leisure Australia on 5 to 13 March each year, was the perfect time to enjoy some of the region's hidden gems.
“Parks Week is a great opportunity to get out and about to celebrate and enjoy our beautiful region and to check out some spots that you may never have had the chance to visit before,” he said.
“This special annual event is about recognising the vital role parks play in creating liveable cities and thriving communities, with a focus on how spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing.
“We are very lucky to have a range of interesting and beautiful spaces all throughout our region to explore.
“From playgrounds and pathways that wind down by the river to natural areas filled with the tallest of palms trees and diverse range of bird life; there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.”
Parks Week 2022 – where to explore
Doblo Park – Riverview
Situated right next door to Riverview Environmental Reserve, Doblo Park features a playground with swings, fort and slides for the kids to enjoy.
There is a well-maintained boat ramp with a floating jetty right next to the ramp, making it a popular spot for water activities including boating, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.
At the end of the park area you will find the Riverview Environmental Reserve.
The reserve is a great place to admire the native trees and shrubs, listen to the sounds of wildlife and stroll along the three sandy walking tracks.
Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch when you visit to take advantage of the ample tables and shelters, barbecues and toilet facilities.
Sharon Gorge Nature Park
This peaceful place is set amongst a beautiful, dry rainforest where large palms, ferns and orchids grow.
A walkway follows the gorge 900 metres down to the Burnett River, passing by a diverse range of plants.
It is an important habitat for wildlife and rare plants such as the vulnerable wedge-leaf tuckeroo.
The area is also a haven for birdwatchers, with more than 50 species to be spotted such as Eastern yellow robins, golden whistlers and brush turkeys.
The “whip crack” call of the Eastern whipbird is often heard, as well as the “machine gun” call of the Lewin’s honeyeater.
At the end of the walkway is a viewing deck and seat to sit under the gum trees and view the Burnett River.
Sharon Gorge Nature Park is located approximately 13km heading north on Bundaberg Gin Gin Road.
Kookaburra Estate Park – Bundaberg North
Only 10 minutes from the CBD, Kookaburra Estate Park offers the perfect pit-stop for the kids to stretch their legs and enjoy playground facilities.
Council utilised the natural slope of the area to install some equipment which is unique to the park.
This includes round climbing steps and a slide that has been places at the top of the slope.
Shade sails have also recently been erected in the area.
The playground is located on the corner of Kookaburra Street and Seagull Crescent.
To find information about more parks and natural spaces in the Bundaberg Region, click here.
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