As the school holidays were coming to end late last week and much of the sickness that had weighed down the family for two weeks had passed, it was finally one of our first proper chances to get out of a day of play.

The kids had been in desperate need of a huge park play session and using all those big muscles of theirs and I had also been wanting to scourer more parks, alleys, street art and buildings of the Gold Coast for interesting places for style shoots and other new journeys I’m embarking on.

So Thursday morning I told the kids to get dressed for a day out, as we were off to have a big morning of fun. After a post office run to send Etsy orders off we headed to a park I have traveled past hundreds of times over the years but have never stopped at. I have always noted it for having a lot of trees with shade, grassy areas to run in, along with it having always appeared quiet whenever I have driven by.

O’Connell Park on Morla Ave of Runaway Bay (Gold Coast) is literally a street away (or a five minute walk) from a change of scenery to local canals or to a local coffee spot at Cafe on Bayview that I have on good authority boasts wonderful service, great coffee and generous affordable meals.

Cohen, Sarah and I spent several hours enjoying the park and investigating different areas for little natural treasures and fun.

I snapped pics as the kids swung, slide, climbed and walked. Being my kids and mini stylist and style lovers they wanted fun and responsibility with my camera, so I let them go and my style pic is a credit to Cohen.

I wear
Navy Cotton Tank Dress & Blue Lace Detail Shirt: Op shopped $1 each
Felt Hat: Kmart retail
Shoes: Have had them for years, bought on clearance
Silver Cuff: Christmas Gift
Colette Bag: Christmas Gift from Ben
Being their mum naturally I love to snap pictures of them and appreciate their forever changing and experimental styles.
Sarah Wears
Chevron Shirt: Kmart bought retail
Polka Dot Tiered Skirt: Kmart op shopped
Straw Hat & Tooled Leather Bag: Vintage and thrifted
Necklace & Watch: Presents from family and friends.

Why did you choose this outfit? Because it’s nice and matches and goes together.
What did you like most about the park? Going on the swings.

Cohen Wears
Denim Shorts & Shirt: op shopped
T-Shirt: Kmart retail
Thongs: Kmart retail
UV Activated Colour Cap: Gift from friends (United States)

Why did you choose this outfit: Because I like to smart and sharp.
What is your favourite thing about this outfit: My denim shirt, because it’s cool.
What did you like most about the park: Climbing trees and swinging in the playground.

Style and my pipsqueak paparazzi aside let us tell you more about this park if you’re looking for quiet park location for a visit of fun or perhaps for style shoots, as this quiet corner park is large check it out here for yourself and has some fun stuff going for it.
All your basics a ticked off with small shaded playground area for kids, BBQ, water fountains (for dogs as well), toilets. The park is dog friendly with dogs allowed of the lead away from the playground.

However you’re more interested in some of the cool backdrops for photographs here, the trees, grass and greenery are just the start. O’Connell Park also has a service building on it. Whether it be its dark green brick walls, metal doors or the odd bit of illegal street art that pops up on it from time to time, it certainly presents some fun photo opportunities.

This is my favourite.

Oh and I should mention a curved stone wall perfect for climbing and walking along for little ones, and a chance for you to snap sweet moments.

The kids and I would love to share my more fun spots with you around the Gold Coast and surrounding areas and they tell me they would like to play with my camera more. So stick with us and we will see where this Pipsqueak Paparazzi” features go.

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