Settlement Cove gets the thumbs up from families

WHERE IS IT? Settlement Cove is by the seaside, off Redcliffe Pde, Redcliffe
OPENING TIMES: All year round

For those not in the know, Settlement Cove is a fantastic day out for families with children of all ages.

It is a park, pools/lagoon and picnic and barbecue facility rolled into one.

Settlement Cove’s main attractions are the manmade lagoon and wading pools, which cater to all swimming levels.

The main lagoon has an islet in the middle and is rimmed by sandy bays. There are shallows, which are suitable for young children while older more experienced swimmers can venture out to the deeper areas.

During the summer months, life guards are on duty from 7am to 6pm.

Tiny tots have their very own fenced-off pool that contains a mushroom fountain and squirting lizards.

The palm-tree studded park gets the thumbs up from parents as there are shady areas and picnic shelters, along with barbecue facilities.

There are toilet and shower facilities on-site.

If water play isn’t an option, the children’s playground is another fab area for the little ones who will dig the sand play area and hang out on the swings and slides. With a renovation happening right now, the playground is set to improve with more fun play and learning equipment on the cards.

If you don’t want to bring a picnic or DIY barbecue, a kiosk is also in the vicinity. And there’s always the huge range of takeaway shops and cafes on Redcliffe Pde.

According to those in the know, parking can be a bit tricky on sunny days so either plan to get there early or consider doing some research on parking spots nearby.

And another heads up – like car spaces picnic shelters are also in demand and people do arrive early to make sure they get one. As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.

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