Fingal Bay Playground is located just behind the stunningly-beautiful Fingal Bay Beach in Port Stephens - right behind the Surf Club and a short distance from the popular Longboat Cafe. It is a busy playground with families with young children in particular, as mums, dads and carers can pick up a takeaway coffee from the cafe nearby and watch their kids play on the safe equipment. There is also a narrow bike-track around the outside the playground with white street markings, which smaller children like to ride their trikes on. Toilets are also nearby, there's a bubbler for water, it is fenced by the road, it has a grassy area for games and there are picnic tables with shade. It isn't a huge playground, but it has everything you need for a play after a swim at Fingal Bay.
Why don't you pack the togs and trike and visit it this weekend?
The colourful Fingal Bay playground, located near the car park for the Fingal Bay Surf Club
Younger kids gravitate towards the swings and net swing, as well as the small toddler playground in the centre of the playground - which has a small slide and areas for pretend play. There is also a spinning stick and climbing frame behind it, for adventurous kids. If you have a baby, there is also a baby swing nearby, for some relaxing swing time in the shade.
If you have older kids, they will not be able to get enough of the flying fox, at the far side of the playground. It may not be as quick or as impressive as the Stockton Playground version (half an hour away near Newcastle), however, it still is a lot of fun for kids to hop on and speed down.
On our family's most recent visit, after breakfast at Cellar Cafe Fingal Bay nearby, we found that smaller children could also get themselves up on to "seat" on the flying fox quite easily, so it can be used by all ages. Prepare yourself parents - they can get themselves on, but it isn't easy getting them off - they don't ever want to leave!