I'm a 43 year old Family Day Carer with a beautiful teenage girl and a balance bike obsessed three year old boy.
Published January 22nd 2016
A well-equipped play park for all ages
What is it: Thirroul Beach Play Park is a well-equipped large play park adjacent to both the beach and Thirroul Olympic Swimming Pool, twenty minutes north of Wollongong.
Why you should go: For the babies and early walkers there are baby swings, lots of rubber soft fall to crawl or walk around on, low level pieces of interest such as the large stone elephant and the grasses and a variety of textures such as lawn and wood bark to explore.
For children learning to climb there is a step, platform and metal slide which is low enough for Mum or Dad to reach the child from the ground and a net climber.
For older children including teens there is a large rope pyramid to climb on (lovely view from the top), a large round swing which can hold several teens swinging daringly high and a flying fox.
There is also a wooden balance beam, round-about and metal hexagonal drums which are great fun after rain when the children love to splash their hands in the little puddles that form on the top.
For bike and scooter riders there is a concrete pump track i.e. a circular track with little hills to go up and over and round. There is also a path which goes all the way around the park which children love to ride round.
Who should go: Families with children looking for a day out. The range of play equipment and the close proximity of the salt-water outdoor (non-heated) swimming pool and beach make it a great venue for families with children of all ages.
When to go: This Park is open all year. It's best avoided at midday on the hottest days as there is currently no shade over the play equipment. There are trees round about the park for sitting in the shade.
On rainy days the park has puddles in among the grasses and wood bark area but as the play equipment itself is on rubber it's a great park for those times when you just have to get out the house in between rain showers.
On Bank holidays and summer weekends it can get busy but it's a large park with enough space to accommodate everyone.
Where is it: From Wollongong Head north along Memorial Drive (B65) until you approach the bottom of the Bulli Pass. Take the left fork for Thirroul and continue across the flyover on to Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Once across the railway bridge and just before Beaches bar (which is on your left) turn right on to McCauley Street. Continue straight on to Bath Street and follow this until you see the play park. You will come to a cross roads at the corner of the park.
There are two car parks, the smaller one is straight ahead at this junction. For the larger one turn right at the junction on to Cliff Parade and drive alongside the park until you see the entrance to the car park on your left.
What to bring: Food – there is currently no kiosk however there is an IGA supermarket on McCauley street, sunscreen.
Facilities: Toilets (between the park and the beach), water fountain, sometimes there is an ice-cream van, barbecues and picnic benches on the grassy field to the north of the play park.