Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published August 2nd 2012
Dare you try the 'wheel of peril'?
Heading out of Perth, head North and then a bit more North and you'll eventually stumble across the new housing development that is Alkimos. Ten minutes north of Joondalup, there are houses galore being built, and happily in the middle of all this construction frenzy, a beautiful new play area has been built.
The Playground I'd say that this is one playground you'd categorise for the bigger kids. Whilst the toddlers might enjoy the sand areas and the general feel of the play area, the design of the area is definitely with the more agile and older kid in mind. I'd recommend this as a park for 6 years plus, to really enjoy all that is on offer (and safely).
The 'fort' provides a great central point for kids to hide out in
Entry to the main 'fort' structure is via ladders or climbing nets, which pose a great challenge for bigger kids. Once in the fort, there are a couple of different viewing platforms, and I'd imagine some great spaces for some make believe play. For fast exits from the fort, kids can choose between the fireman's pole or the slide. This is definitely not a slide for toddlers as it has a very steep drop but this would certainly be seen as a plus point for the adventurous older kid with a need for speed.
A really fun inclusion at this playground that being a big kid myself, I had to try out, is a spinning wheel (self dubbed as the wheel of peril) that you can run onto and then let your body weight spin you around, and do this over and over again until you get giddy. I'd imagine this would provide hours of enjoyment for the energetic ones in your family. I got dizzy very quickly, but it certainly was fun and reiterated a common question in my mind of why don't they build playgrounds for adults? I don't think you're ever too old to have this type of unbridled fun.
Being so neatly nestled into local bushland, this compact park would be a perfect spot for a game of hide and seek. Lots of little places to hide and a great tunnel for imaginative play.
Whilst not my personal choice for a picnic spot based on there being no local toilets in the vicinity at present; there is a large spotlessly clean picnic area should be bringing along some snacks and provisions for your family.
There are some great trails nearby for bushland walks in addition to some great beach walking beauty spots in the locale.
Some great local walks that take in some beautiful wild fauna
For those in the Northern Suburbs, this is makes a great addition to the suite of local playgrounds, particularly for those with older, more adventurous children. Definitely one to check out, at the very least to try your hand on the wheel of peril.