The thrill of gliding through the air on a flying fox is unmistakeable. It's a feeling of the wind racing through your hair. It's a feeling of excitement as you step off the platform and most importantly it's a feeling of freedom.
In Perth and its surrounding areas there seems to be a rebirth of the flying fox. They are beginning to become a popular feature at our playgrounds once again after a prolonged absence.
Below are 5 of the best flying foxes in playgrounds in Perth.
Neil McDougall Park lies on the corner of Ley and Henley Streets in Manning. It is a little known park with cool play equipment and a very cool flying fox. Popular with local families, this big playground and big flying fox should be experienced by more kids.
Situated on Rivergums Boulevard in Baldivis is the flying fox in Rivergums Park. Children of all ages enjoy the flying fox at this park as it is up quite a steep platform to give maximum takeoff speed and flight time. However, this causes some younger children some grief as they don't have the strength to pull the seat back up the platform for their next ride, so some adult assistance may be required here.
The Woodbridge Riverside Play Space sits beside the Swan River on First Avenue in Woodbridge and has lots of hands on equipment for kids to play on. There are some really cool things to explore and have a go at. This double flying fox has a normal flying fox seat for older kids and an egg shaped seat for the younger ones to be strapped into. Make sure you also check out the 5 best things about the play space while you're here.
In the newly established playground in Amberton Estate, on Cinnibar Drive in the far northern suburb of Eglinton is a playground that is still being completed but has a flying fox that is already in operation. There is minimal equipment at this playground. At the moment there is a medium sized climbing structure, a few rocking toys, sand cranes and a very long flying fox - which is the highlight of this park. This is also a double flying fox so kids can have more fun by racing each other on their way down.
Faulkner Park or Volcano Park is a popular family park on Abernethy Road in Belmont and it has a huge volcano, a huge play area for toddlers and a huge flying fox. It's great to see the kids so excited when lining up for a turn on this flying fox. Waiting patiently, the kids help each other out to retrieve the seat if it gets stuck in the middle of the run. They also often give each other a push off so they can get to the other side and back without having to be rescued in between.