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Published May 16th 2018
A fun nature based playground right outside Optus Stadium
The bigwigs at the Perth town planning department really did think of everything when it came to building the brand new Optus Stadium. Not only does it boast Australia's biggest pub, the Camfield, but it also has somewhere for the kids to run around, at the Chevron Parkland.
The climbing tower and giant slide at Chevron Parklands
And it isn't just a little playground with a few swings and a slide – it's a sprawling, 2.6 hectare site with six distinct nature-based play areas for the kids, with each play area taking inspiration from the Noongar Seasons.
The first of the play areas is for the youngest children and is completely fenced off. This area is known as Weitj Nest and is based on the Noogar Djeran Season – you will find signage throughout the parklands explaining each area and season. This area has water and musical play, logs, a birds nest swing and a slide and is perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
The next area of the park is Mia Mia Hil, which is based largely on Makuru Season, and has been designed to encourage children to get amongst nature – there is no play equipment here, but rather teepees made from sticks. Lots of sticks. Inspired by Djilba Season, Yaargan Dry Creek is another one of the six areas that somewhat resembles a dried up creek, with its abundance of plants, stones and logs. Look out for the signage or you might walk straight past it without having a look!
The area closest to the Swan River is known as Bullung Hangout – the water's edge is only a few metres away, so keep an eye on your children at all times when visiting this part of the parklands. There are rope and log structures to climb, along with log steps for balancing. As the nearby signage suggests, this area is inspired by Bunuru Season.
Of course, my toddler daughter headed straight for Qwandong Towers once she spotted the giant slide. This area, based on Kambarang Season, has a large play structure with a number of different platforms and linking rope bridges, which lead to the giant slide. My daughter refused to come back down the ropes and insisted we go down the slide together, even though I also had her baby sister in the baby carrier. As I pondered to another parent: "why do I do this to myself?"
There are parts of the platforms that are not completely fenced off, so you'll have to keep a close eye on little climbers in particular as they navigate the structure. The ground is padded by mulch….ouch.
Little climbers will love the towers and walkways.
Last but not least, you can climb another rope bridge over to Numbat Burrows, which has a number of funny little hidey-hole type burrows to climb into – hence the name. This area is inspired by Birak Season.
There are water fountains throughout the parklands and a number of picnic areas, but no toilets. The Camfield is only a short walk away, as is Optus Stadium. There is public parking available at the Camfield, but NOT on AFL game days or during Optus Stadium events. If you plan on paying a visit on an event day, it's best to catch public transport to the Stadium station.
Take a hat and lots of sunscreen, as there is very little shade throughout the parklands. The paths throughout the park are wheelchair and pram friendly, although getting up to some of the equipment may prove difficult.
This is a nature playground at its best – lots of shrubs, trees and rocks to explore, along with fantastic play equipment for climbing and crawling. Pay a visit on your way to the footy or make a day of it with the kids.