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Published April 4th 2018
Naturescape Kings Park has reopened after a makeover
If you haven't yet paid a visit to the newly revamped Rio Tinto Naturescape in Kings Park, I have only two bits of advice – wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb. A lot.
This innovative nature space is designed for children to explore and climb while navigating the bush setting. It's not the type of place you can sit back and have a chat with friends while the children play – there are rocks, bodies of water, trees, bugs and all sorts of natural hazards to be aware of, but obviously, that's part of its appeal.
Naturescape re-opened in December 2017 after a 12-month closure for a bit of a makeover and so that Stage Two of the park's development could be completed. As part of Stage Two, developers have added two vertical challenges in the form of giant aerial walkways, known as the Python and Bungarra.
Check out the map and information before you enter the play space.
Each of the walkways are seven metres from the ground and are 40 metres long – with plenty of step ladders to climb up and down, steep wooden ladders and a slippery 'slide', they are certainly not for the faint-hearted! They are also probably not suited to crazy two-year-olds and her mother, with a nine-month old baby strapped to her chest, but hey, that's what we have to work with.
The first of the aerial walkways is located near the entrance to the park. There are a few different undercover picnic spots in the area, but be prepared to climb through the Python walkway first up. It will take you out to a couple of cubbies and the Conservation Zone.
At the end of the Bungarra, there are 'Dingo Dens', rope nets and the water holes, known as Paperbark Waterhole and Paperbark Creek.
Keep an eye on your children at all times around the water areas, as there are loose rocks around and slippery areas. The water is not suitable for swimming or drinking, but can dip your toes in. Children in nappies must not go in the water at all –the Naturescape staff will soon tell you to be on your way out of the water!
The Naturescape playground has a few dos and don'ts that visitors need to follow, including taking all your rubbish home with you, as there are no bins in the playground. Ball games are not permitted, along with bikes, skateboard, scooters and pets. Leave your shade tents, eskies and chairs at home!
The play space is located on May Drive in Kings Park and can be accessed via Saw Avenue. There is limited parking around the entrance, but there are plenty of car parks within a short walking distance. I take my pram just about everywhere as a means of carting around the endless baggage two children create, but if you can avoid bringing one, do so as I had to leave it at various places throughout the playground.