A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published August 1st 2013
A park for sailors, senses and swans
The SS Warner Playground is a beautiful nautical-themed play space located within the Warner Lakes estate on Brisbane's north side. It was aptly officially opened by 2011 young Australian of the year, Jessica Watson, just a few years ago. Open green spaces, bicycle paths and the lake landing area are all added drawcards of this park. While the lakeside playground itself is probably best suited to toddlers and younger children, there is still plenty for older children and adults to do as well.
Kids will probably be instantly drawn to the giant boat shaped playground which is a great place to let their imaginations run wild. They can ride in the SS Warner tinnie, try to catch fish using the oversized fishing rods, or step up to the wheelhouse to steer the ship. Once they've had enough of playing pirates, fishermen or mermaids, they could continue the usual playground fun with swings, slides and a shop to play with.
One thing that was striking about this playground is the sensory nature of the play equipment. In particular, the sensory challenge column would be great for younger children. The fort structure also has a sensory alphabet printed on its platform, and the playground surface has areas of varying springiness.
The sensory challenge column
There is a fairly large lake landing area that has been built down from the playground. Visitors can sit here to take in the tranquil nature of the almost still water. An abundance of bird life also inhabits this area. On the day of our visit we were lucky enough to be treated to an inspection by the resident swan family, complete with young downy cygnets that were only too happy to eat our bread.
This place would make for an excellent gathering with family and friends for special occasions and birthday parties. The barbeque facilities and shelters are modern, clean and in good working order. The playground area has sun shades providing some additional shelter on a hot day. There is plenty of space for everyone to stretch out all along the Warner Lakes shore. There is also another playground, the Dragonfly Park just down from the SS Warner area, which provides a more physically challenging play area for kids and is just as fun.
The SS Warner Playground is a wondrous play space for kids that is big enough and diverse enough for some relaxation after playtime. Some people may find the lack of toilet facilities a problem, along with extra supervision required around the lake, although thankfully the playground has been built far enough away from the lake to catch runaway toddlers before they reach the lake fence. The park is also a little difficult to find upon first visit as it is quite far into the estate; just make sure that you follow the additional street signs marking the way to Caspian Parade, and look out for the estate sign that says 'the landings'.
Afternoon lake view from the landing area
The SS Warner Playground is definitely worth stopping by for, but even more so if you have a budding sailor or similar that is just bursting to get outdoors. In our family this park is more affectionately known as the 'pirate playground' for obvious reasons, but the limit to the types of fun you could have here is endless.
This park looks really great Katie - we had no idea it was even there. Thanks for the tip and we'll visit sometime soon. Love your swan (and cygnets) shot and the afternoon lake shot is amazing too. Good stuff.