I recently moved to the bayside suburb of Brighton and it has proven to be an excellent decision. Not just because of its close proximity to the waterfront, with so many opportunities for bike riding, fishing, water sports and cafes. But also for the hidden gem that is the Sandgate duck pond.
Nestled in the middle of Sandgate Village, the duck pond is a mecca for ducks, seagulls, water birds, turtles, cockatoos and pelicans. When I say mecca, I mean there must be literally hundreds of turtles in this pond and they are easy to spot. They poke their little heads up and are very curious little creatures. Plus the many ducks and other birds make for great entertainment for toddlers.
Now I don't have to tell you to not actually feed the animals, ESPECIALLY BREAD, as it is actually very very harmful to their health. But even just spotting them is one of my two year olds favourite activities. He loves to chase the seagulls and point out the many turtles and enjoys the baby ducklings that are frequent visitors.
The pond is also very picturesque as well, with a lovely sheltered bridge and surrounded by green grass and trees. It is right across the road from a plethora of cafes, so is the perfect place to grab a coffee then do some wildlife spotting on a picnic blanket in the sunshine.
After you have had your fill of the animals, you can head to the close by fully fenced playground that is very popular with the local kids. There is a play fort, stepping stones and climbing ropes and a nice sheltered bench for you to sit and watch your little one play. It is not a big playground but because it is fully fenced and well kept, it is great if you have younger ones and want to catch up with a friend without having to chase your kids around.
Sandgate Village is close by to the water front, library and a ton of other playgrounds, but I find this little hidden gem a fun morning activity to do before grocery shopping and running errands in town.