Saturday, August 13, 2011

This week I'm grateful for...parks with free barbeques!

Today I'm joining 'This Week I'm Grateful for....' with Maxabella Loves.

As a mum of 4 little boys under 8 our budget runs pretty tight.  On the weekends I am always looking for fun things to do with the kids that won't break the bank.

Sometimes I come up with ideas in advance but being the queen of spontaneous decision making, most Saturdays I wake up and think 'well, what should we do today?'

On our way to Preston Market a couple of weeks ago we had driven through Coburg and seen a nice park with a pretty cool playground.  As the weather was not blowing directly in from Antarctica today I thought that might be a good option.
But what to do for lunch?  Our budget this weekend does not extend to a $45 lunch at Maccas so I googled the local Council website and found out the park has free barbeques.

We packed our sausages, yummy rolls, tomato sauce and drinks into a bag and off we went.
The barbeques were clean, there was at least six of them, they were conveniently located right next to the playground so we could keep an eye on the kids and there were lots of tables & benches near by.
We spent 4 hours at the park, there are 2 big playgrounds there (1 with an awesome rocket slide and 1 with a great flying fox)  lots of interesting public art, a creek with plenty of nice flat stones for climbing on and some gorgeous scenery.
Best of all, our day out cost nothing! - well, except for fuel.

Thank you Moreland Council for investing some decent money into public spaces.  And thank you for the free barbeques!

The entry to Coburg Lake Reserve is off Gaffney Street.  As soon as you cross Sydney Road, the entrance is on the left.  The playground with the rocket is on one side of the lake, the playground with the flying fox is up on the hill on the other side of the lake (its not really visible from the other side).  There is a nice loop walk right around Merri Creek.


  1. I saw the top picture and thought 'I wish that was near me!', then I read further,and it is! Only about 15 mins away!. Car has just died, but a good idea for a weekend soon. Looks like you had a great day.

  2. Fantastic, I do adore a good playground... ok, I'm obsessed... but only know the Sydney ones. My blood runs cold at the thought of four boys under 8. Crivens! A handful and a half!! I have three boys and a girl, but spaced much further apart. Lovely to meet you via the Rewind.

  3. @Sannah I'm in Sunbury Sannah and there are some great parks here too but we have done those to death so I'm always looking for some new ones that aren't too far away. I think an 'excellent Melbourne parks' blog post might be called for! Thanks for following me xx

  4. @Seana Smith yep, if I had a dollar for every time I've ever taken them shopping and some lovely old person says 'dear me you've got your hands full there' hahahaha. although to be honest I try to avoid going shopping with them AT ALL! Its nightmarish!!! Better to take them out for the day and run them ragged....there were in bed at 7.30 tonight, woohoo!

  5. Sounds like a fab park. Yes I agree it is great to see councils invest in good play areas for children.

  6. A rocket! I haven't seen a rocket in a park sine the nineties. That's just brilliant.

    The fact that you can make a sausage sizzle while the kids clamber up the rocket makes it the perfect park in my book. x


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