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Pirate Ship Playground at Carrum Roy Dore Reserve

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published July 3rd 2013
Sail the seven seas
Pirate ship park


My kids get bored of the local parks so I am always on the lookout for new playgrounds for them to discover and test their abilities on different play equipment. At this 'pirate ship playground' it certainly offers plenty of variety for toddlers through to late primary school aged children.

Older children could still use it but I think it would have less appeal, though in saying that there is a football oval adjoining and a basketball half court near the playground and an exercise station for 12 years and over.

net bridge


Depending on yours child's age and ability there are different ways to the top of the pirate ship. For the 5 yr plus age range they can cross the net walk way which extends about 4-5 meters. I found the younger children were a little scared trying this way and I can't blame them with their tiny little feet possibly going between the net, not that they could fall but it does frighten them. The younger ones can take the stairs to the top and go down the slides.

wind surfing


The playground provides plenty of imaginative play equipment that children could use in role play, such as the cute little wind surf that's on a spring to simulate the movement of the ocean, a surf board that is on two springs, which is great for balance. There is a dolphin coming out of the rubber matting at the bow of the ship, the ship has many portholes at the perfect height for young children to play peek a boo through, 3 cannons are on each side of the pirate ship.

Inside the ship are lots of walkways and ropes with interactive games, at the top of the ship is the steering wheel and two big slides going off the back of the ship.

Inside the pirate ship


Away from the ship are two sets of swings with one catering for children with disabilities. There is a sand pit with a digger and 3 strategically placed 'bombs' in the sand pit from the cannons. A smaller obstacle playground with a slide is next to it. On the other side of the ship is an exercise station, a big net swing and a giant mushroom patch next to the picnic tables and BBQs.

Giant mushrooms and BBQ


There are two separate areas for BBQs on either side of the play equipment. The facilities are very good and when we visited the park was very popular with mothers groups.

overview of the back of the ship

The play ground is fenced from the road and has child proof gates, there is plenty of off street parking available.

Getting there is easy. From the Nepean Hwy at Carrum, turn onto Station St and then onto Walker Rd and follow it until it turns into Dyson Rd, where you will be at the park.

Needless to say, the children gave this park the thumbs up as I'm sure yours will too.

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Why? For a great pirate playground
When: All year round
Where: Coner of Dysons and Walkers Rd, Carrum
Cost: Free
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