About 20 minutes drive away from home, set in a quiet residential area, is this massive park and playground area. As you drive around the corner and into Buckingham Crescent, it’s a pleasant surprise that you don’t really expect! There is plenty of car parking, massive fields to run, toilets and covered BBQ areas. Throw in some truly epic climbing equipment, a flying fox and a water play area, and this park is definitely onto a winning combination! I can’t wait to head back here when we have some warmer weather – and this time, pack a spare set of clothes to survive the water play.
- 4 swings – one with toddler harness, one high back with harness and handles (disability swing)
- nest swing
- 2 spring rockers – bee and grasshopper (suited for multiple people)
- 2 spinning poles
- 1 spinning merry go round
- 1 large climbing net structure
- 2 slides – one enclosed, one smaller and open
- flying fox with 2 seats (no harness, unfortunately)
- 1 large sand pit
- 1 water play area
- wind the handle to bring the water up to the top platform
- water then overflows into the second tank
- 3rd section has a wedge that allows you to stop/start the flow of water
- mixed surfaces – tanbark, sand, soft rubber
- rubber bridge to climb between the 2 playground structures
- tall tower, with narrow entries. Multiple levels to climb to the slide at the top. Not fun when Mr Nearly 2 decided he didn’t want to go down the slide after all.
- sheltered tree pathway
- close to the river – can continue along the Kororoit Creek bike trail
The spring rockers – he had a go on both the bee and the grasshopper. We climbed all the way to the top of the tower, in preparation to go down the slide, and then he decided not to go down. This meant I had to go back down, carefully cradling the camera and assisting Jack down the multiple levels (some a little bit tall for Jack to climb down himself) and wedging myself through the narrow ‘gates’ . I think it was when I was exiting the steps, I saw the age recommendation of 15 and less. Whoops!
Jack simply loved the water play here. I’m not sure he understood the intricacies of how the water gets to the top, and what you can do at each station, but he definitely understood how to splash! Although sunny when we visited, the wind was absolutely freezing and I did drag Jack away screaming!
He happily had a swing, and was also happy climbing up the stairs to the smaller slide. He ventured into the sheltered tree area – where they can choose which winding pathway to wander along. After the temper tantrum when he was taken away from his beloved water play, we walked up the bridge, to look at the water, and count the ducks in the creek below.
I’m looking forward to heading back here again, hopefully soon!