Thursday, November 28, 2013

Broadwater Parkland's The Rockpools and Visitors Centre - Southport, Gold Coast

In the vicinity of the parklands is another feature designed for children of all ages, a water playground for children that's relatively safer than swimming pools or the beaches called The Rockpools. The beaches in the coast have waves unfit for leisurely swimming, thus it's a considerable thought that something like the Rocklands was conceived, especially for the kids.

The aforementioned pool is shallow so most children can frolic from the pop jets that squirt water. I thought it would have been better if there was an adequate puddle for it to merit being called a "pool". The creek bed is supposed to simulate coastal tides with automatic "filling up" and "emptying times". Weird creatures dot the pool, like a half cat-half fish. There are sand bars with red-and-blue nets; wooden walkways beside gardens, and even a BMX circuit.

A lifeguard constantly watches and roams the enclosure. Rockpools close every Tuesday mornings for maintenance.

The Parkland's Visitors Centre is nearby. Wifi service is free around the park from 7 AM to 5 PM, but you have to secure the password from the office which was close during my visit. Beautiful floral shrubs provide ornament to the surroundings.

The Broadwater, which is salt water, provides more idyllic vistas, like a paragliding tourist, jet-skiers, and the touring yachts.

Later that day, I was back to where I first started my exploration - at the colorful trampoline called "The Jumping Pillow" where children could jump away until they're blue. Somersaults, like footwear, however, aren't allowed.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

A catfish perhaps?

Odd creature

The Parkland's Visitors Centre.

The Jumping Pillow

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