Dear Joy Readers,
A big Thankyou to my daughter Grace for this blog. I thought having it from a kids perspective would be much more interesting than mine and added bonus I didn’t have to get in the water. Thanks Gracie.
The newest addition to the rapidly expanding suburb of Springfield is the Orion Lagoon.
As someone who goes to school at Springfield, but lives a good 20 minute drive away, I didn’t know what to expect of this Southbank-like lagoon, but when I arrived it was not like I had expected (in a good way of course).
There are a variety of pools for people of all ages, with a 0.3 metre deep pool and water play area with stepping stones and water squirts for little kids, a 0.6 metre deep pool for the slightly older kiddies, and a concrete beach with a maximum depth of 1.5 metres for everyone else. Word of warning; the water is rather cold upon entry in the deep pool, but once you’ve swum around a bit and had a good splash around with a group of your friends it becomes a lot more enjoyable.
Do make sure to wear sunscreen, as you don’t want to go home with bad sunburn on your neck and shoulder. I went there yesterday, and am currently nursing this exact wound. Parents, don’t let your kids come home the same way.
If you don’t want to get in the water and simply want to watch out for your children, parents I’m looking at you, there are umbrellas placed around the lagoon so you can sit, relax and possibly read without getting wet. You just need to bring a towel or picnic blanket to sit on. The ground can become very muddy when wet.
Also parents, there is always one or more lifeguards on duty, so your kids will be safe at all times.
There is plenty of changing rooms and bathroom facilities, which means you can rock up in your clothes and still go swimming, as long as you do bring swimmers.
If you’re feeling peckish, there is a canteen like stall that sells hot food such as hot dogs and meat pies, drinks and ice creams. It also has things like sunscreen and goggles in case you’ve forgotten them. There is a coffee shop currently being built just behind the canteen stall and should be open soon, although I don’t know the exact date of opening. There are also BBQ facilities if you want to go down and have a classic Aussie sausage sizzle, under the boiling hot Aussie sun.
There are lockers to place your belongings in, if the parents want to get in the water and want to keep their belongings safe. If you also wanted to have a walk around Robelle Domain, the park the Lagoon is located in, you could leave your stuff in a locker.
If maybe you wanted to go do the groceries after having a swim, the Orion shopping complex is just across the road from the Lagoon, so you don’t have to walk far.
All in all, Orion Lagoon is a great place to kick back and relax with the family, and escape the Aussie summer if you don’t have a pool and couldn’t be bothered going to Southbank. Even if you live in Jindalee, Fig Tree Pocket, Jamboree Heights or any other suburb in Brisbane, Orion Lagoon is a fabulous place to visit.
Blessings the Joy Girls and their children xx