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Published September 1st 2016
Quirky Perth playgrounds to take the kids to this weekend
Perth kids are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to playgrounds. There are playgrounds themed around pirate ships, robots and volcanoes, and playgrounds with trampolines, bongo drums, backhoes… backhoes? Really? The level of creativity and ingenuity has risen a notch in recent times. Here are five of the most quirky playgrounds in Perth's southern suburbs.
Banjup Adventure Park
This playground is seriously bursting with quirky little nic nacs for children to climb, hit, bang and bounce on. It boasts a lookout tower and slide, which stand six metres high and can only be reached by climbing a rope ladder. There are two mini in-builts trampolines, little seesaws, swings and a mini roundabout. If your children love all things noisy, then they can bang and crash to their hearts' content on the bongo drums, the praying mantis-shaped horn and the frog drum.
Banjup Adventure Park is located on the corner of Cilantro Parkway and Wattleseed Avenue in Banjup.
Banjup Adventure Park has all sorts of quirky things for kids
It's no secret that this huge pirate-themed playground is popular with kids and parents alike. While it's set in the beautiful Heathcote Reserve and provides unparalleled views of the Swan River, the kids will be far too busy exploring the pirate ship to notice things like that. There are swings, walkways, ladders, planks and slides, plus little portholes to find and undercover areas to run in and out of. The playground is suitable for kids aged four and over, and there is a separate area just for toddlers.
The Pirate Ship Playground at Heathcote is a favourite for kids
The reserve itself is entrenched in Western Australia's history and was once a lunatic asylum – there is a small museum dedicated to this passage of time if you are interested, plus a restaurant and adjoining café and kiosk.
Heathcote Reserve is located at 58 Duncraig, Applecross.
Volcano Playground, Faulkner Park, Cloverdale
Technically Cloverdale is east of Perth, but it is south of the Swan River, so it makes the list – plus it's totally and utterly different to anything else in Perth. It's a playground modelled around a village destroyed by a volcano. So it may be a little morbid in theory, but it's also pure creativity. This playground features so many different elements including water play, a shipwreck, a child-sized backhoe excavator in the sand area and a flying fox. Children can climb to the volcano peak via stairs or a footpath and slide down again. The playground also has a pretty impressive toddler area, with a cubby house, mini slide, binoculars and megaphones.
Faulkner Park is located at the corner of Abernethy Road and Wright Street in Cloverdale.
Seriously, who came up with the idea to make a playground designed in the shape of a robot head and body sticking out of the ground? This is a true quirky space – it's unique, innovative and just downright fun. There are several different components to the playground. The robot's body is the largest of these, and kids can climb up to the top of the structure via ropes and ladders and back down via the flying fox, or they can run on the 'hamster wheel.' I did say it was quirky.
This playground is seriously quirky. There's even a hamster wheel.
The robot head is another climbing structure with a slide in the middle, while there are various swings, water play and log steps.
Robot Playground is on Mason Road in Piara Waters, near the Stockland Display village on Doryanthes Avenue.
Nature playground, Enright Reserve, Hamilton Hill
Although this playground is relatively small, it's still pretty impressive and is built using a combination of natural elements and man-made mechanisms. The colourful log climbing structure is certainly striking, and a challenge for adventurous kids to conquer. There are log and tyre steps, along with massive tunnels to explore. A smaller playground sits adjacent and there is also a table-tennis surface.
The kids playgrounds are amazing these days. We have one in our area where the flying fox is inside the giant metal frame of a dinosaur and in Wonthaggi in rural Victoria they are getting designs to develop a playgroynd around tye blade of a windfarm windmill.