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Published October 13th 2020
One playground, two levels of fun
King Edward Park is a historical and scenic parkland that is located on the coastline, in the city of Newcastle. As well as being beautifully landscaped, it also represents the history of the city with a number of historical landmarks within the grounds. The park was established in 1863 and there is an original, well-preserved Victorian rotunda that you can sit in for picnics, as well as see the remains of the Shepherds Hill Battery and Gunner's Cottage, which were used between 1890 and World War II.
For kids, it also has a colourful playground which was built on the side of a small hill, with a large climbing frame on the top level and toddler play equipment down the bottom. Ensure you take a picnic and stay for a while, at this scenic playground by the sea.
On our family's visit, my daughter loved the climbing frame at the top of the playground, as it had some challenging areas to climb through and four different ways to get down. Her favourite was sliding down the fireman's pole and she also enjoyed figuring out how to get down two curved bars, which turned down to the ground. There were plenty of areas for parents and carers to sit around the climbing frame, so they could have a rest while the kids burned off some energy!
To get down to the bottom level, there was a steep bridge which leads onto a single thick rope to walk over. This was a unique part of this playground, which the kids found fun and intriguing. If you visit with smaller children, the bridge was quite steep, so they may need some help getting down.
At the bottom of the bridge, there were swings, a small toddler play area and an undercover picnic area. One of the best things about this playground was that parking was free and close to the play equipment, so you don't have to walk too far from the car.
It was fairly quiet on our visit, however, I imagine it can get quite busy along this road on weekends, so parking may be more of a challenge. King Edward Park is open between 7am - 6pm, at the time of writing, so keep that in mind when you plan your day.
When you have finished at the playground, why not go for a walk and explore the Victorian rotunda across the road, or take a walk to the headland and look at the views. If you have older kids who are happy to walk, then continue around the headland to the lookout and then walk down the stairs to access the Bogey Hole. As we discovered on our visit, there was no signage from the top, however, we were given directions from some friendly locals who directed us down these stairs, below.
Walk down to the Bogey Hole and turn right at the bottom. Note: It was quite a mission for my daughter to walk back up - and for me too!
What is the Bogey Hole? It is a convict-made ocean bath that was built in 1820 for the Commandment of Newcastle to use as his own personal swimming pool. Over the years it has been deepened and widened, with safety barriers and stairs constructed. The word "Bogey" purportedly comes from the Dharawal language meaning "to bathe" or "a place to bathe". Today it is free to access and is a popular venue for a swim for the locals.
On the day of our visit it was high tide, the surf was rough and it was cloudy and windy. When we looked down we saw this...
King Edward Park and playground has a wide range of activities to do while you're there - it has colourful play equipment, walks, views, history and gardens. Why don't you pack up the car with a picnic and visit King Edward Park playground this weekend?