If you want to escape the crowds of Katoomba and Leura next time you are visiting the Blue Mountains than may I suggest you wander a bit further up the Great Western Highway and check out Blackheath and in particular Memorial Park.
Memorial Park is a wee bit hidden and not particularly well sign posted (I think the locals like it that way). It is located right next to the Blackheath Pool. So if you drive down the street with all the cafes and boutiques in Blackheath (Govetts Leap Rd), turn left into Prince Edward St and you will find this hidden gem. There is plenty of parking.
This large park contains 3 different playgrounds for children. The first is the Heritage Playground which contains 4 different metal structures for the kids to climb all over - a stage coach, aeroplane, old boot and a cool yellow car. There is also a large wooden playground which is most popular with the older kids and lastly a smaller playground that is ideal for toddlers. The brilliant thing about these playgrounds is the space between them all. They are all located in separate spots throughout the park.
Memorial Park includes both secluded and not so secluded picnic spots. So depending who you are visiting with, you can sprawl out in the open or hideaway in a romantic little nook. There are quite a few picnic tables and seats or make sure you throw the rug in the back of the car and have a proper picnic. If you haven't bought any food for the picnic make sure you stop into the cafes, bakery or supermarket in Blackheath to grab some supplies, as there are no catering facilities at the park.
Memorial Park in Blackheath offers something for all seasons. In summer you can go for a swim in the pool next door; in autumn you can marvel at the brilliant changing colours of all the trees; in winter you can build a snowman if you are lucky enough to visit when it is snowing; and in spring you can be amazed by the stunning flowering rhododendrons that are planted throughout the park.
Bring along some stale bread when you are visiting as there is a big duck pond with loads of hungry ducks to feed. Your kids (and you, if you feel like being a big kid) can have loads of fun climbing trees, rolling down hills, discovering the hidden bridges over the little babbling brooks or playing hide and seek amongst all of the lovely old trees (just be careful that you don't disturb all of the young lovers who may have secreted themselves away!)