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Published September 18th 2014
Playgrounds for Parents in the Perth Hills
To me, the ideal playground for a parent is one in which a child can play without requiring hands on assistance, and good coffee is a short stroll away. The Mundaring Shire has a number of gems hidden away to satisfy parents and tots alike.
Chidlow has 2 well placed playgrounds. The Chidlow Village Green (Cnr Thomas Rd & Old Northam Rd) has swings, a sand pit and a playground which is best suited for slightly older children (3 years & over). Smaller children will require close supervision as it is quite an elevated structure.
For the littlies, across Old Northam Road, next to Chidlow Hall and Chidlow Oval there is a more suitable playground with picnic tables for parents to sit and supervise.
In a small group of shops located directly across the road, you will find the divine Bay Tree Bakery (Shop 1/ 2 Memorial Avenue, Chidlow, Perth, 6556 WA). Lovely coffee and a wonderful array of delicious baked treats (I recommend the Bostock). As an added bonus, there are a number of exercise stations ringing the playground so parents, if you are feeling guilty after your bakery indulgences, feel free to work that guilt away!
Mundaring has Mundaring Community Sculpture Park(Maddock St and Jacoby St) in which you will find a rustic wooden climbing structure, 2 slides, swings, a lovely child size sculpture of 5 colourful bronze tourists and a flying fox. Within walking distance is the Dome cafe on the corner of Great Eastern Hwy and Mundaring Weir Road.
Glen Forrest is well serviced by Glen Forrest Gourmet (Shp 2/ 7 Railway Pde, Glen Forrest WA 6071). The coffee is flavoursome and there is also a decent range of tasty treats (my tip - the Scrolls never fail to satisfy). They also will split one milkshake into two take away cups to suit smaller tummies and do so at no extra charge. The service is a little slow however so don't expect to dash in and out. Across the road is the Morgan John Morgan Reserve (Hardy Rd/Railway Pde) which has wide open spaces, a train which is a hit with all the kids, a sand pit and two swings. In winter there are also a variety of creeks within a short stroll which provide hours of fun.
Darlington has Pine Park (cnr Owen Road and Pine Terrace). It has a well attended playground (after school times are extremely busy) and The Pines Cafe across the road has decent coffee (although once again, be prepared to wait). They too offer milkshakes for the kids.
So why not jump in the car and get back to nature at one of these lovely playgrounds in the Perth Hills? Parents, sit back, relax, recharge (or recaffeinate at the very least!) and let the kids stretch their legs and imaginations. Open spaces, fresh air and decent coffee, what more can you ask for?