Get your head in the clouds without leaving the ground
Is your little one a budding airline pilot? Do they love exploring using all of their senses? And are you looking for a different playground experience, with more to offer than the usual fare? You need to come and visit Lobley Park, Churchill. About ten minutes from Ipswich Central, and just off the Warrego Highway, this is a truly unique park. In fact, in just might be my favourite park.
Firstly, let's talk about the play equipment. The park has an aeronautical theme and the playgrounds certainly reflect this. Dominating the space is an aeroplane. Climb inside via the ramp at the back or the doors on the side and into the cockpit. Here you will find more things to push, pull, turn and slide than you can possibly imagine. The walls of the aeroplane have patches of different materials with various colours and textures, such as corrugated iron, astroturf and rubber, which makes playing in the plane a truly sensory experience. There are unexpected discoveries here too. I turned a crank on one of the planes turbines and was greeted with the sound of bells.
[ADVERT]The slippery slide runs off the control tower. Again, there are countless buttons, switches and wheels to explore. While this looks impressive and is fun, you might need to keep an eye on very small children, who are often the most adventurous. The only way to the top of the control tower is via a spiders-web style net, which is a bit tricky to traverse. It is also quite high off the ground, so do keep an eye out for falls.
There is literally a swing for everyone, from the small, to the airline pilot to the whole family. Lots of hidden surprises are tucked away in the flower garden too. One of the flowers lights up when you spin it, another has an optical illusion. All of the play equipment is well protected by shade sails, and the floor is made from that lovely rubbery bouncy stuff.
Lobley Park gets another big tick for its superior wheelchair friendliness. The plane has a ramp at the back which would easily accommodate a wheelchair and allow for access. Inside the plane, one side of the cockpit does not have a chair, so a wheelchair can be pushed right up to the controls. There are also paths all around the grounds for ease of movement.
The park grounds more broadly also have plenty of impressive features. There are several covered tables and chairs, and working barbecues. These shelters are all fitted with water tanks, with non potable water to help you with cleaning up. If you'd prefer a picnic, there is lots of open green space and shady trees to sit under. And there's enough tree-free space to have a game of cricket or football if the mood should strike you. Plenty of parking is available in two separate car parks. Lobley Park is across the road from a school, so do be prepared for extra traffic in the area if you are visiting around school drop off or pick up times.
Lobley Park would be the perfect venue for a birthday party or other celebration. Even if you have no big events to plan, come and check out this exciting and unique park. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.