Remember back when your brother could spin you around mercilessly on a roundabout ride and despite begging and screaming to stop he would keep going until you were seriously going to vomit. Now children have to wait until they are 18 to get that staggering, drunk feeling.
There were see-saws that, if you pushed hard enough, you could get air when thumped by your partner, and the swings didn't have straps so you could jump off right when the swing was at its highest point. I have memories of the slides being so tall that I'd get burns from hanging on to the plastic all the way down.
In those days there was no padded protective matting underneath equipment and scrapes on the knee were worn like a badge of honour rather than a guarantee for a loud demand for the Dorothy Wiggles band-aid.
Well I have found a real adventure park that puts the squeal back into the playground. The Bundaleer Park at Doreen is designed for good, old-fashioned fun. It is set in a beautiful bush setting with grandfather gum trees as big as I have even seen them.
The Bundaleer Park has the expected modern climbing equipment and offers some thrill-seeking from a swimming hammock, a flying fox and another odd shaped whiz ride that turns unevenly. At one part of the ride it takes you very high off the ground. This park promises fun that blurs the borders between excitement and fear.
Bundaleer also features a new walking/riding track, BBQs, plenty of seating, basketball rings and soccer nets. It's a lovely setting for a family gathering.
Warning: If you're a helicopter parent who hovers closely over your children to make sure they don't take any uncalculated risks, if you are persistently worried that your children might fail, or if you think it's important to cotton ball your cherubs - this park might be a bit out there for you. But I'll guarantee your kids will love it!