Things to do with kids in Brisbane
Salty Seas at Settlement Cove, Redcliffe
Just a snippet north of Brisbane is Settlement Cove, Redcliffe—much like a mini-South Bank, minus the tourists. In the few hours we spent there, I had four different groups of people join me for a chat either at my table, or on my blanket, so there's no disputing that it's family-friendly.
One woman deliberately targeted me to brag about what a good mother she was, stressing how she'd successfully raised her 14-year old to be an impeccably polite, well-mannered lad. That was right before he emerged from the water shouting, “It's f***ing cold out here!”
Another mum excused herself to shampoo her son while he swam. (Weekly bath, perhaps?)
Then there was the roaming girl who appeared out of nowhere, plonked herself down and began rummaging through my handbag. Curiosity unsatisfied, she then pulled the mattress and linen out of bub's pram to see what kind of toys he might have lurking beneath (none, was the answer) then spied my notebook, grabbed it, and scribbled over my notes. For the sake of politeness, I tried to strike up conversation with her Dad, who hadn't seemed to notice that his progeny had launched a private invasion on my belongings. I asked him how the water was, to which he replied: “Salty. Which probably means lots of kids have peed in it,” then shuddered. Actually, the thought hadn't entered my mind, but for some reason it put me off having fish and chips for dinner.
Smiley stuff: Lifeguard on duty, wheelchair access into pools, barbecues, toddler pool, huge undercover play area, and toilets (only semi-skanky) with change-rooms.
Sad-face stuff: Very limited parking, could do with more shaded areas, and birds poo on your shoes if you leave them unattended.