St Leonards Playground

Located:

The fenced playground is located near the main shopping strip of St Leonards, and right next to the boat ramp, on the foreshore. The kids have a great view of the bay as they enjoy the swings. The playground offers a range of basic equipment, but does also offer seating to enjoy a bite to eat. 

 

Equipment:

  • swings x 2
  • 2 climbing structures
    • slide
    • climbing nets
    • balance walks
    • ladders
    • fireman pole
  • 1 spring boat 
  • 1 spinning cup
  • 1 balance post walk
  • 1 double spring perch

Jack liked:

that we grabbed some lunch and ate at the tables within the playground. However he had a nervous time eating as the seagulls are fairly intrusive! Poor little munchkin dissolved into tears whenever the seagulls attempted to steal his chips. We were only here briefly, but enjoyed the day trip, and used the playground as a good excuse to run some energy out before heading back to the car, and home again. 

Aviation Drive Playground, Armstrong Creek

Located:

This was the 3rd playground that we visited within Armstrong Creek, all in the one day! I think Jack may have been well and truly over playing by the time we finished up here. This was a functional little play area, and Jack enjoyed pretending to be a plane running along the landing strip. This little playground is aptly found on Aviation Drive. 

 

Equipment:

  • Swings
  • spring surfboard
  • spring rocker
  • climbing rope structure
  • structure, with slide
  • runway
  • sand play with digger

Jack liked:

He enjoyed pretending to be a plane and he ran up to the climbing structure straight away to have a go. I think he enjoyed playing at an area where no one else was playing, after being at the huge playground down the road where it was so busy! 

Wye River

Located:

With Melbourne’s winter dragging on, I was reminiscing about the warmer weather and the places we visited. I realised that I hadn’t gotten around to adding the photos from our day trip down to Wye River! Wye River is a 2 hour drive from Melbourne, located just past Lorne and you get to drive the Great Ocean Road to get there! 
Hubby’s family used to frequently visit this area and enjoyed camping alongside the river. The day that we visited was one of those killer 40 degree days, where everybody was trying to escape the heat. With that in mind, Jack only had a very quick play on the playground, that sits alongside the Wye General Store, at the base of the entrance to the Big4 Wye River Holiday Park. We enjoyed lunch at the Wye Beach Hotel, before getting changed and heading across the road to the beach to cool down. 

 

Equipment:

  • Nautical themed playground
    • with boats
    • floating buoys
    • lookout tower
  • swings
  • timber climbing apparatus
  • 2 slides
  • balance step log walk
  • spinning pole

The jumping pillow that is pictured is part of the Big4. 

Jack liked:

Jack liked wandering along the rocky shoreline that leads up to and through the Big4 holiday park. He also liked the quick play that we gave him on the playground, but I didn’t want him in the sun for too long, and some of the equipment was hot to touch. 
After attempting to cross the main road to get to the beach, we realised on the way back, that it was easier to walk underneath the bridge, and along the cool, shallow water than try to cross over the main thoroughfare of the Great Ocean Rd. I’d love to head back there this summer and introduce camping to Jack! 

Holidaying in Noosa

Jack and I headed up to Noosa at the end of August for a week-long, mini vacation. I’d been to Noosa once before and was looking forward to a relaxing holiday and attempting to keep Jack amused and occupied. We were lucky and had amazing weather most days. Jack’s grandparents were staying up there a week before we got there, and they had days of 30 plus degree days – perfect days for sitting next to the pool. 
We hired a car, mostly because I wanted to head to Australia Zoo and also to Eumundi Markets. We had plans to visit the aquarium, but didn’t manage to find time to get there. We mostly stayed by the river and didn’t even get to have a play at the beach near Hastings St. It was the perfect place to get away for a short visit, enjoy better weather than what Melbourne was offering and it has plenty for the little kids. 

Playgrounds:

Noosa River Pirate Playground

This was a great playground to walk to as it was only a short distance from the accommodation. It had a large shade cloth over the top to provide a bit extra sun protection during the day.  There’s BBQ’s around and seating for the adults.  The playground has a large climbing net and a large play structure comprising ladders and slides. 

 

Tewantin Splash Park

I looked up areas to take Jack to while in Noosa and this came up, but I couldn’t find many pictures of what it was exactly. This splash park is close to the boat ramp and next to the skate park. There are toilets right next door as well. The area is fully fenced and covered with shade sails. The water play operates for a limited time before needing to push the button again. Jack loved coming here! It was a real highlight, running through and splashing in the fountains. There was seating and a small grass area as well. 

 

Munna Park

Jack and I headed out for a walk along the Noosa River one morning, stopping to look at the pelicans and to wave to the ferry driver. We found this playground, located at the back of the caravan park. Another playground with the added protection of shade, this area had a swing set, a slide, some balance equipment and some spring rockers. The morning heated up fairly fast, and we headed home after a quick play. 

 

Activities:

Eumundi Market – You can’t go to Noosa without a visit at the Eumundi Market. We headed here on a Wednesday morning (also open on Saturdays) and it was packed! This was the hottest day of our holiday, and we were exhausted by the time we walked the entire way around. I liked looking at the local artists and smelling all the delicious food! 

 

Ginger Factory – This was recommended to me by a friend. Leanne and I enjoyed some ginger scones and coffee while Poppy looked after Jack in the playground. The playground is sectioned into smaller babies/toddlers and those that are adventurous enough and tall enough to climb. It is also fully fenced. We all bought tickets for the train ride around the grounds, and let Poppy have an extra special treat by allowing him to take Jack on the ‘Overboard’ ride. Poppy was such a great customer, that they let him go on it again, straight away! The gardens are lovely, and we browsed the shops as well. 

 

Noosa River Ferry – Leanne, Jack and I, took the ferry from the stop outside our accommodation to Hastings St. The captain gives great commentary on the ride up the river, and also let Jack (and all the kids) have a blast of the horn. It was a short meander along the river to Hastings St. It was nice to walk along and browse the shops and even venture out onto the beach. There are various ticket options available letting you go one way, return or all day. 

Noosa River walks

Australia Zoo – So glad I drove up and squeezed a visit here. Upon walking through, we were given the opportunity to look at and touch snakes, we saw a wombat being walked later in the afternoon and got to share a tunnel with a shrieking Macaw. Jack was happy that we got to see lots of crocodiles too. The zoo felt huge and the grounds are gorgeous. 

 

Accommodation: 

We stayed at the Islander Resort in Noosaville. Hubby and I last stayed here way back in 2009 and we liked that it was fully self contained, a great selection of pools that never felt like it was too busy, and a great location. The resort is across from the river, a block away from a shopping centre that includes Woolworths and has a large variety of shops all around the outskirts (that you can get discounts at too). There is a bus stop right outside and the ferry stop is across the road and an easy walk. The added bonus was that the Pirate Park was just up the road too!