Every kid has dreams of setting sail on the seven seas to live life as a pirate... I'm 21 and I still think it's a pretty cool idea. Unfortunately it is not very economically or legally sensible. At least Perth has provided us with some fantastic pirate playgrounds though, here are my favourites.
South Perth Foreshore Between Sir James Mitchell and McCallum Park - just behind the Wesley boatshed - lies a popular local playground in a beautiful park barely known to anyone outside the area.
The park features sweeping views of the city, wide open grass areas, barbeques and lakes with a non-intrusive walking path weaving through it.
The medium sized playground features swaying bridges, multiple slides and climbing features a telescope and of course the captains lookout. It's protected from the sun by sails and it's good to see they've stuck with good ol' fashion sand as the base.
While the kids set their sights on endless bounties, there is enough room in the park for dozens of older kids to kick the ball, play cricket, fly kites etc. whilst still leaving plenty of quiet space for picnics and barbeques - this may just be the ultimate open space!
Heathcote Reserve, Applecross The biggest and the best. The Heathcote pirate ship delights kids and adults alike with it's huge expanse of walkways, hidden tunnels, slides and climbing apparatus'.
Children can literally spend hours exploring the 50 metre long playground with something new on every turn and level. It's one of the best spots for a game of hide and seek or my personal favourite, capture the flag.
And whilst the young ones are commandeering the ship, the older children can kick a ball in the small grassed area while the parents sit back over the sweeping panoramic views over the swan river. That's a win for everyone!
There are many other small ship shape playgrounds through out Perth and surrounds perfect for budding sea captains to start their pirate journey. When they're ready to move on to captain bigger ships, South Perth and Applecross have just the playground for them!
South Beach at South Fremantle also has a pirate ship playground, good for smaller toddlers too, and right between 2 good coffee sources! And lots of grass to run around. and a calm beach for little ones