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Published June 21st 2022
Jump away on the mini trampolines
Red Ochre Playground is a popular local playground that is located in the suburb of Lake Innes, Port Macquarie. This new playground was opened in late 2020 and named after the red hues of the earth in the region. It features a colourful climbing tower with slide, three mini trampolines, a snake swing, a swing set, nest swing, an all-abilities carousel, see-saw and mini-soccer practice area with goal.
My daughter and I visited this playground after hearing about it from a friend. We entered "12 Verne Prescott Retreat, Port Macquarie" into my car GPS and spotted the bright red shade sail as we got closer. My daughter was particularly impressed to find mini trampolines at this playground and spent most of her time jumping from one to another. Whilst we were there, there was also a family with younger children enjoying the equipment, so it is suitable for all ages. The Port Macquarie Hastings Council website says that it is designed for ages 2 - 12, which was the age range of the children there, on the day we visited...
Hop from one trampoline to the next, at Red Ochre Playground (the snake swing in the background was also a hit!)
This playground was an exciting find, with a variety of equipment to play on and a large red sun shade over the top, to cool the temperature down. The tall trees all around this naturally landscaped playground also created a cool feeling, as they swayed in the light breeze. There was plenty of seating for adults as well, with large sandstone blocks positioned around the playground and undercover picnic tables.
Although Port Macquarie has a large number of excellent playgrounds, with more being upgraded or built each year, Red Ochre Playground is worth tracking down if you are looking for a new playground to try. These modern playgrounds are so enriching for children, with different pieces of equipment to master, textures to feel and skills to learn. Gone are the days (like when I was young!), where each playground had a swing, see-saw and slide. This modern playground is a local treat - why don't you track it down this weekend?