Discovering our neighbourhood

We live on Brisbane’s northside. A few years ago we realised just how walking-friendly our area was. The shops, the railway station, Boondall Entertainment Centre and even the local Tavern are all within easy walking distance of my house.

Our house overlooks a small park and a new, large housing estate nearby built open spaces, complete with well-paved shared walking/bike tracks. There’s even a dog off-leash area.

As a familyt, we made a conscious decision to start walking much more, and it’s a decision we wish we had made a long time ago.

The car was left at home at least three days each week and we walked to the train station. We cancelled the home-delivery of newspapers on the weekend and now one of us walks the kilometre up and back to the nearby newsagent early Saturday and Sunday. If we run out of something like milk or bread, we walk up to the shops for it, instead of one of us driving there. On Sunday afternoons, we frequently go walking around the neighbourhood and we have met people we have lived nearby for years, but never spoken to. Now we know them.

It’s surprising how things seem much different on foot – and much more personal. The neighbourhood no seems like our neighbourhood!

(The Faulkner Family - Boondall)

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