Having young children is tough enough without having to navigate endless staircases and cramped corridors with your pram – it’s enough to make you never want to leave the house. Until now, that is. We’re ridding you of your pram-related agoraphobia (fear of leaving your safe zones) with three pram-friendly walks worth packing up your nappy bag for, and giving you the chance to WIN a Baby Jogger city mini® GT2 valued at $799!
Brisbane is home to a number of bushwalks, very few of which are pram-friendly – Burbank’s Stockyard Creek Walking Track is one happy exception. Arguably Brisbane’s most tranquil pram walk, this South Brisbane wildlife haven has been preserved for the city’s cutest, cuddliest creatures – koalas. No fear of dodging traffic, competing with crowds or even screaming children (except maybe your own) on this walk… bub may even get a quick nap in if you’re lucky! Walking at a leisurely pace, Stockyard Creek should take you around an hour. This will give you plenty of time to tire out any kids in tow, work up a bit of sweat then return to your car before the troupe are too tuckered out and you’re getting jittery from coffee withdrawals. Oh, and you’re likely to spot a koala in that time, too, if you keep your eyes out – the sleepy marsupials are hard to find but well worth looking for amongst the treetops. An easy bushwalk perfect for parents getting back into their fitness, hikers on little legs and anyone pushing a pram, Stockyard Creek is one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets for new parents and parents of new bubs.
See the city
South Bank – Brisbane’s cultural hub – must have been designed with pram-pushing families in mind, as it’s linked by a wide pathway that takes pedestrians past some of the city’s best landmarks. Start at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), where you can see an ever-changing yet always impressive collection of modern art and try your hand at some kid-friendly workshops, then walk towards the Queensland Museum (it’s the one with the life-sized dinosaurs out the front) to learn about creatures past and present. When you’re done, head south, passing the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and the towering Wheel of Brisbane. As soon as you hear laughter and splashing water, veer left – you’re getting closer to the Southbank Parklands and, further up, Streets Beach. Sink your toes into the sand or wade into the water of Australia’s only man-made, inner-city beach, or watch your kids as they play in the many playgrounds in the surrounding area. If you’re visiting on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, be sure to pop into the Collective Markets, which see the Stanley Street Plaza overtaken with hundreds of stalls selling everything from designer dog collars to crystals and coffee. With abundant parking and plenty of restaurants and cafes, you’ll be hard-pressed trying to fit everything into one day – Southbank stay-cation, anyone?
Stroll the seaside
At 36km long, we’re definitely not suggesting you tackle the entire Gold Coast Oceanway, pram-in-hand, in one go – in fact, we’d recommend you stay around the Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach section, with its many parks, shops and cafes to try out. No matter where you hop on, the Oceanway offers you spectacular ocean views right from the world-famous Gold Coast coastline. With the city skyline on one side and fish, dolphins and even whales on the other, it’s quite easy to push your pram a considerable distance along this stretch of pathway without even realising. We’d suggest starting south, getting the tram to or parking your car near Pacific Fair Shopping Centre – you can pop in there for a shop or a bite to eat if you’re so inclined – and then starting the 13-minute walk to Pratten Park. The large foreshore park boasts a pirate ship, pedal-powered monorail, an all-abilities playground, a sandpit and plenty of barbecue spots, making it a great place for an ocean swim and a picnic. When the kids (read: you) are all parked-out, head north along the Oceanway, ducking on and off of it as you fancy but heading toward Surfers Paradise. Once you arrive at the Esplanade – at the ocean-end of Cavill Mall – if you time your trip right, you’ll come across one of the Gold Coast’s most unique shopping and cultural experiences – the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon, the markets bring Surfers Paradise to life with live entertainment providing the perfect background music as you negotiate the pram-friendly markets strip.
The perfect pram for the job…
Whether you’re going off-road, seeing the city or strolling seaside, Baby Jogger’s revamped range of hugely popular city mini®2 and city mini® GT2 strollers have you covered. Lightweight, nimble and featuring Baby Jogger’s signature one-hand compact fold ready for winter adventures, the city mini®2 and city mini® GT2 strollers include adjustable child calf support and near-flat seat recline to give optimal comfort for kids on the go. Mum and dad will love the extra-large storage basket and UV50 canopy with peek-a-boo windows. With a wide array of compatible accessories including rain cover, parent console and child glider board, this versatile stroller also works with the City Go infant car seat adapters, which are an included accessory with both models, making it one complete travel system for families who like to explore. Heading off the beaten path? The city mini® GT2 boasts all the features of the city mini®2, plus forever air rubber tires and all-wheel suspension to give you uncompromised agility on any terrain. Magnetic closures on the peek a boo windows. An adjustable handlebar and hand-operated parking brake offer the ultimate convenience for a customised ride. With five new colours available, style is certainly not compromised, either. Pick up one of Baby Jogger’s new city mini®2 (RRP from $549) and city mini® GT2 (RRP from $799) strollers from baby speciality stores, or enter below for your chance to win a Baby Jogger stroller!
WIN // haven has teamed up Baby Jogger to give one lucky reader the chance to win a city mini® GT2 (in colour ‘slate’ as pictured below) of their very own, valued at $799, simply by entering their details below! Competition closes Thursday August 22 at midnight and only the winner will be notified. Good luck!