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by Helenonthesofa (subscribe)
Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published July 29th 2012
Pack the kids, pack a picnic and you then pack in the fun
Hot off the press; there's a new entrant on my family's favourite park list; Mawson Park. Based up in Hillarys, easily accessed from Marmion Avenue, this park is perfect for all ages with a playground equipped for kids big and small so ideal for multi age family groups.

Mawson Park
Have a fun filled morning or afternoon at Mawson Park

The park includes free to use BBQs, picnic gazebos, benches, walking and running paths, a lake (great for feeding ducks), a huge sports oval in addition to one of the best multi age playgrounds I've seen.

Mawson Park
A beautiful park for picnics and play

The centrally positioned lake provides a beautiful backdrop to enjoy a gentle and scenic walk around the park. Dogs are allowed and this would make a great spot for a pleasant stroll in the sunshine. There are lots of great picnic spots, with the local friendly ducks seeming very obliging in picking up leftover sandwich crumbs.

The Playground
Playgrounds in my experience often fall into the category of either for toddlers or for big kids with very few providing a space where kids of all ages can play happily and safely together. Mawson Park, however, excels at creating a play space with enough climbing apparatus to challenge big kids looking to explore yet has also remembered the smaller folk and provided some really lovely features for toddlers to play in, on and around.

Little Kids

Mawson Park
Toddlers will love the colourful slides

Specifically with toddlers in mind, there is a section of the park that has focused on height aware climbing frames complete with a host of colourful slides to whizz down on in addition to the inclusion of some great interactive play zones.

Mawson Park
So many interactive elements to keep kids entertained

Mawson Park
Hope you get sunshine for your day in the beautiful park

A favourite with my little toddler was the 'cafe and general store' where he set up shop, trading his carefully collected leaves and sticks with the other kids. Very cute; but moreover what a clever concept to have added into this play space. There is also a sandpit close by and some colourful see-saw and sit on rocking animals paraphernalia.

Mawson Park
Toddlers will enjoy the general store and cafe

Bigger Kids

The bigger kids have certainly not been forgotten, and the remainder of the playground is simply littered with climbing structures for their entertainment and enjoyment. Choose from an agility course, a vertical climbing net or from Spider-man web type climbing structures. So much choice to keep boredom at bay and enhance the playground visit.

Mawson Park
This Spider-man-esque structure will challenge the bigger kids

Of course, no playground is complete without some swings and Mawson Park is no different. What I particularly like about the swings here is that the chains, which kids relentlessly manage to trap fingers into, have been covered with a genius plastic coating to stop any accidents. Smart thinking and super child friendly.

Mawson Park
Easy transition from slide to swing

As with all parks, I am a fan of parent supervision and I would stress that as there is a beautiful lake adjacent to the park within easy wandering or crawling distance from the playground, that parents should keep an eye on the whereabouts of their kids. The lake is not fenced in, and is easily accessible for little kids with curious eyes (and feet). All in, this park is one that I will definitely be visiting again and again for picnics, BBQs with friends and playdates.

Mawson Park
Nestled within beautiful park land
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Why? Picnic and play in this beautiful park
When: Every day of the week, but perfect for a sunshine filled day
Where: Mawson Crescent, Hillarys 6025
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Please dont suggest feeding the ducks. It has been widely recognised that feeding birds and native wildlife is neither appropriate or healthy for the animals involved
by clair (score: 0|4) 1735 days ago
Ooh that looks really nice, will def give that one a go!
by Joann (score: 0|8) 3289 days ago
thanks Joann, I hope you enjoy it, such a fun park!
by Helenonthesofa (score: 2|661) 3289 days ago
Dogs are not allowed in Mawson Park -- this is very clearly signposted around the park. Please update the categories for this article to remove from "Dog Friendly".
by alpha (score: 0|2) 1199 days ago
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