Australia Zoo

When we lived in Glasshouse Mountains {many moons ago!} we used to have a Family Pass to Australia Zoo – where I could take our boys for a few hours whenever we wanted, and see “More” of each section of the Zoo without the pressure of rushing from one spot to another.

Now that we are here on the Sunshine Coast I was thinking about what we could do because we have really seen most of this area already – and so one thing lead to another and we now have yearly passes once again. This is our Family very early Christmas Present to our boys! And to us parents – we love exploring the Australia Zoo as much as they do.

On Friday {last week} David came home from work and we rushed out the door to activate our passes and to check out the new sections that we hadn’t seen. As soon as we got there we jumped onto the Zoo Train to take us to the “African” section and “Bindi Island”. We also wanted to catch the crocosuem crocodile show but for some reason it wasn’t on at 2.30pm – it was at one of the smaller Crocodile enclosures which we decided there was too many people for us to see anything.

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Abbey Medieval Festival

On the weekend we kept a promise to Kyle – he had seen that the Abbey Medieval Festival was coming up in July and he begged us to take him! He loves all things about the Medieval times {and Kombi Vans!} so it was a wonderful day to see him enjoying each store, every hands on display and waiting the Real Sword Fighting!

The Favorite Picture From The Day ::

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Forest Glen Botanical Gardens

This afternoon we had the best time ever! We meet up with our really good friends, and we headed out exploring. I was able to show them Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, Dunethin Rock and then they were able to share Forest Glen Botanical Gardens. We had so much fun, the family has three sweet boys and their sweet Mama – gotta say I wished she was my sister…she is raising her three boys so well.

Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary ::

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The Notorious At SouthBank

We have tried for two years to see The Notorious. About two years ago it was meant to be docked at Wollongong but due to the big swells it wasn’t safe for the Ship to be tied up and docked {they had to pull away at the last minute and it was one of their scariest moments of their sailing trip}. Then they were up near Newcastle but again we were busy that weekend.

So when I heard The Notorious was down At South Bank and they were there on the Sunday 5th July before leaving that night to head to Manly QLD we made sure we were going to be there to see it.  Mind you Cameron couldn’t come with us cause he was volunteering with Airforce Cadets at the Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra for the weekend! So that means we will be following The Notorious Facebook page to see where they will be going to next – we can’t wait for a return visit!

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Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary

Today we joined in on a Treasure Hunt at the Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary – a fun day out organised by Sunshine Coast Council Events – Kyle’s best mates Mum let us know about it – so grateful for such amazing friends!

Even though Kyle’s best mate couldn’t make it {and we really missed him} we still decided to go along cause we all needed a day out and about in the gorgeous healing sunshine.

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Kondalilla Falls

Today we finally went back to Kondalilla Falls, searching for the mystery Geocache that we had found awhile ago, because we wanted to check out the contents and find who owned it, and see whose names were in the log book. Unfortunately the plastic food container of goodies was gone :(

But we did have fun walking down to the water fall, and exploring. Kyle spotted a big eel in the water but when he tried to show David it had moved on. We did want to go down to the very bottom of the water fall but a big landslide had happened, with big rocks on the footpath so it was blocked off, still wonder how many people walk over the orange tape and walk on down?

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Happy 10th Birthday To Our Baby

The other day our Baby celebrated his 10th Birthday. How is that possible? How did the time go bye that fast?? I don’t get it…..he once could fit into my arms, and how he is almost as tall as me. And he is the kindest, funniest, loving, sweet little boy ever. He would share the “Shirt” off his Back if you didn’t have one. He gets into the most craziest funniest situations and the dirt….I swear this child steps one toe outside and the dirt jumps onto him where ever he goes.

But gee we are so glad he lights up our world every single day.

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Darlington Parklands In Yarrabilba

After walking back from the Waterfall at Tamborine National Park – we were all hot and very sweaty, and very hungry! We had a watermelon and an idea of where we wanted to head to, I programmed the GPS which directed us all to Darlington Parklands in Yarrabilba – one very cool playground!

Darlington Parklands in Yarrabilba ::

Darlington Parklands

SWEET LITTLE PLAYGROUND TO COOL DOWN!

Playing with Water

PLAY WITH WATER IS A KIDS DREAM

It was that hot all of the parents enjoyed the water play as much as the Children did!

wonderful playground

MANY PLACES TO PLAY

Kyle having fun at the playground

LOTS OF GREAT SHADE AND PLACES TO HIDE

Gym area at the playground

THE GYM AREA

Basketball Court

BASKETBALL COURT

Kyle and our friends Son loved playing Basketball with another Family – Kyle had his Xmas Present {our second son gave him a Basketball} with him. I must say that our Friends Son is a natural talent at Basketball – he killed the game!

Big Playground

THE PARK HAS MANY AREAS TO PLAY

Great family place

MANY PLACES TO SIT AND EAT!

The playground has great facilities – Toilets, Bins, BBQ’s, Picnic Tables, different areas to Play/Cool Down. The playground is one that I would visit again! I have said we could easily travel around Australia from Playground to Playground and I so reckon we could, especially when they have great Toilet facilities!

The only issue I had that day was I was the only Adult with one of my sons, and three children from our Friends Family and I could only have eyes in some many directions, and yes I did lose sight of one of the girls….panic time!! We all searched and found her in the toilets – never ever been so grateful to discover where a Child had disappeared to!

Love the shade, love the water, love that all age groups are catered for. It was a great day out.

Have You Got  A Great Local Playground?

Share it below, we love to visit it!

Cheers

Lisa

New Life on the Road.

Here are some other Playgrounds we have been to ::

Centenary Park Clermont

Postcard From Bundaberg

Music in the Park

Tamborine National Park

Way back….I was searching for a water fall in Tamborine National Park but ended up in Cedar Creek Section instead! There was a waterfall there {luckily} but it wasn’t the one I was aiming for, guess that’s the fun part of seeing Australia – exploring areas and trying to find new places to see.

Tamborine National Park ::

Cedar Creek Section

NO CAMPING ALLOWED OR FIRES

Discover Cedar Creek

INFORMATION BOARD ON WHAT TO DISCOVER

Eels in the Water at Cedar Creek

YOU WILL SEE MASSIVE EELS

Yes there are huge Eels in the water, yet the don’t seem to mind the swimmers, and you can see them swimming in and out of their homes – they live in the edge of the rocks in the water. There was a guy in the water who was trying to catch one to show our Kids up close and personal, but the eels out smarted him every time!

National Park and Cultural heritage

PROTECTING THE PARK FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Park Closes Dates

PARK CLOSES DATES

Not sure why it closes and locks Carpark Gates for different times of the years?

Looking down to the waterfall

LOOKING DOWN ON THE WALKING TRACK

Beautiful Waterfall

GORGEOUS WATERFALL

walking down to the waterfall

WALKING DOWN THE STEEP STAIRS

Very hot day

OUR DAY WAS SO VERY HOT

Very high up

SO GLAD THERE WAS A HIGH RAILING

Cooling Down

PERFECT PLACE TO SPEND A HOT DAY

Cooling down

COOLING OFF THEIR FEET IN THE WATER

Exploring the waterfall

THIS IS MY WORLD AND HE LOVES EXPLORING IT

Kyle is our very Cheeky Monkey

CHEEKY MONKEY

The Waterfall

AT LEAST THE WATERFALL WAS WORTH THE TRIP

Lookout

GREAT PLACE FOR A GREAT LOOKOUT

What I remember about Tamborine National Park – it was hot! And the footpath down was easy going until you got to the section of the waterfall – that was a bit more tricky! And all of the four Children that I had that day decided to take a track that was not the easiest to get back up so I ended up having a great work out. After climbing back up and walking to the car we were all very hot and sweaty, so again we found a Water Playground to cool off at. There sure is a great variety of them around in Queensland, and for that matter also in New South Wales.

I also remember that the car park was very busy that day, I had to wait for a car to pull out so that I could park, and many cars were pulling up on the side of the Roads leading down to the car park to find a spot – not sure when is the right time of the day to avoid the car park issues! Oh and make sure you lock your cars, apparently they have break ins in the area.

Maybe one day we will get back up that way, and maybe one day I will find the waterfall I was searching for, mind you I can’t remember what it was called!! Will have to see if I can re-find it on google and add the place to our “Bucket List”

Cedar Creek National Park

A MAP OF ALL THERE IS TO SEE IN THE AREA

Have You Been To Tamborine National Park?

Ipswich to Tamborine National Park

Cheers

Lisa

New Life on the Road

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