Playing in the SC Hinterland
1 August 12
It’s easy to travel with young children — just let them play at every opportunity! When a friend invited us up to the Sunshine Coast hinterland, we took the opportunity to explore some playgrounds that we’d never been to before.
Our first playground stop was the Settlers Rotary Park outside the Glass House Mountains Visitor and Interpretive Centre on Steve Irwin Way. (Yes, it’s on the way to Australia Zoo.)
In Maleny, we met up with a small group of local homeschoolers. Some mothers had brought craft items (which I forgot, sorry!) and together they contributed to a number of interesting projects — face masks, hats, pictures, collages and felt shapes.
After these crafts were finished, I realised that I will need to have a safe place in the bus to store the girls’ precious handiworks. I managed to find a space in a drawer, but I’ll need to integrate a permanent art space in the bus’ revamp.
After the craft supplies were packed away, we took a walk alongside Obi Obi Creek to a good spot where the children could play. Our girls — although initially shy — finally made their way down to the creek bank to throw rocks in and test the water’s temperature.
The little town of Maleny has a beautiful playground on the main street. It’s a great place to stop for a play after window-shopping up the hill and half-way back down again.
The simple design is probably one of the most tasteful that I’ve seen in southeast Queensland. On the edge of the playground, five colourful ceramic totem poles remind me of the Hundertwasser sculptures we’ve seen in New Zealand.
Where we were staying, two friendly dogs kept us company at the bus and in the yard. Brioni loves animals and found a fun game to play with the dogs.
Our girls had a great time at the Sunshine Coast, and we look forward to visiting again soon. There are so many great places to explore in southeast Queensland, and lots more to see and do while we adjust to living in the bus!