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Published July 8th 2019
A heap of fantastic family playgrounds to take the kids to
The city of Perth has a huge number of fantastic attractions. We have Kings Park and Botanic Garden, one of the world's largest inner city parks, innovative public spaces and plenty of festivals, plus a world-class arena that supposedly resembles a crushed beer can, a library with a live tree in it and breathtaking views of the Swan River, just to name a few.
The city and surrounding suburbs also boast a number of family attractions, including some awesome parks and playgrounds. If you haven't been to them all, gather up the kids and make your way around these wonderful parks and playgrounds in the Perth CBD and surrounding suburbs.
May Drive Parkland, Kings Park Where: May Drive, Perth (enter off Saw Avenue) Full Review
May Drive Parkland, formerly known as Synergy Parkland, is one of the most picturesque playgrounds in Perth, with a gorgeous lake situated next to the play area, along with the lush green surrounds of Zamia Cafe. The playground has a number of play structures to explore, timber forts and walkways, rope climbing, nature play and plenty of natural shade.
There is also a separate play space which features water play in the warmer months. You will also find awesome replicas of some of Australia's extinct fauna species. There are toilets located at Zamia Cafe, plus drinking water and public barbecues.
Variety Place is a wonderful playground in Kings Park that is suitable for children of all abilities, having been designed with those with special needs at the forefront. The playgrounds features a fort, tunnels, climbing nets and logs, birds nest swing, plus wood carvings and a mini maze. There is also plenty of nature play and a large, powered pavilion you can hire for parties. There are toilets, picnic tables, barbecues and water fountains.
Variety Place (Image: Botanic Parks and Gardens Authority website)
Rio Tinto Naturescape, Kings Park Where: May Drive, Kings Park When: Open between 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays and all of February Full Review
This fantastic play space is one of the best nature-based playgrounds I have visited, with plenty of natural elements to explore including rocks, bodies of water, trees and bugs. It also features climbing frames and two giant aerial walkways, which lookout over the park and have their own challenges for children (and parents) to navigate.
Rio Tinto Naturescape also has toilets on-site, and is suited best to older children, or crazy toddlers like mine, who are confident in climbing natural and manmade formations. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm, and closed Mondays and all of February.
Ivey Watson Playground Where: Access via Kings Park Road, opposite Outram St, West Perth Full review
With Stickybeaks Cafe located right next door, Ivey Watson Playground has long been a favourite for Perth parents. Most of the playground is fenced, and there is a separate area for younger children. The main play space has climbing equipment, swings, a maze, little aeroplane and fire-engine and even musical play. The area for younger children has a pirate ship and cute little castle, plus a small climbing frame.
Ivey Watson Playground has toilets, plenty of parking and lots of shaded areas, plus of course, coffee!
The Island Playground, Elizabeth Quay Where: 'The Island', Elizabeth Quay, Perth CBD Full review
Like just about all of Perth's major attractions, Elizabeth Quay has a playground! It has a fantastic, marine-inspired climbing frame that will prove challenging for primary-school aged children, and has rope bridges and a platform at the top. The playground has a birds nest swing, sand and water play and nature play.
There are toilets close by at Barrack Street Jetty, plus the playground is close to public transport. Elizabeth Quay has plenty of options for food and drink close to the cafe, making it ideal for a play followed by coffee and a snack or meal.
Hyde Park, Perth Where: Vincent Street, Perth Full review
Hyde Park is easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing spots in Perth, but it also has a cool playground for the kids, plus water play on hot days. There is a play structure with walkways, slides and little forts to explore, plus a spinning cup, sand and nature play, swings and a Liberty Swing. There are plenty of shaded areas, toilets right next to the playground, a beautiful lake to stroll around and options for food and drink in the surrounding streets.
Yep! One of Perth's newest public spaces, also has a playground! This innovative play space has plenty of nature play, sensory play and water play during the warmer months. There are play areas that are best suited to toddlers, plus rope play, slides and funky little tunnels. There are toilets available, plus plenty of spots to grab a food or coffee within Yagan Square. It is also close to public transport links.
Yagan Square Playground (Image: Australian Tourism Data Warehouse website)