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Published May 19th 2014
Is this new playground, Brisbane's best yet?
What is better than a huge, well-equipped, new playground suitable to children of all ages and abilities? Why, it is a huge, well-equipped, new playground suitable to children of all ages and abilities, with a cafe, of course; which was why I was so excited to see the playground at White's Hill Reserve was completed and all areas of it finally open.
There are so many, many positives about this playground it is hard to know where to begin. But let me try – first of all, the playground is fully and very securely fenced. It has several gates, so you won't need to do laps of the fencing to find an in-point. Secondly, it has toilets. The toilets are clean, spacious, wheel-chair friendly and accessible both inside and outside the fenced area.
And if a bring-your-own picnic isn't your style, Cafe Metro, which operates out of the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch (Football) Association Club House, is literally just next to the fenced playground. They do a great cup of Grinders coffee, or you can sit in for lunch and overlook the vast football fields. As you would expect, they cater very well for children, including great hit children's meals, lots of sweet snacks and paper table cloths, designed for drawing on with the supplied crayons and pencils. The cafe is open from 8.30am, 7 days a week.
Whites Hill Reserve Playground itself is huge. It covers all ages, abilities and is designed around an exploration theme. Although the swings aren't shaded, the rest of the playground is well covered with shade cloths, with a swing that can accommodate wheelchairs and the less able-bodied.
Near the centre of the playground is a bike run. It is a series of speed-bumps on soft rubber that the majority of the children seemed drawn to at one time or another to ride, scoot or simply run over at high speed. In addition to the bike run, a pretty extensive bike track weaves its way throughout the playground too.
The park is really varied and quite spread out so you may have to follow some of the smaller members of your brood from the giant sandpit with diggers, to the various spinning wheels and capsules, to the rope ladder and very high slide, to the sway boat, to the flying fox. The water-play area is great for bigger children, as it is a little high off the ground for small toddlers, but be prepared to have some very wet and sandy children coming home with you.
There is literally so much for little and bigger ones to do, they could be occupied for hours. If you have children a little older who don't require as much hands-on attention, there are beautiful grassy areas around the sides to sit and chat with friends or kick a ball around for the more active-inclined.
This innovative playground, is framed by the beautiful bushland of Whites Hill Reserve on one side, the football fields on another and is nestled near the foot of the picturesque and very-climbable Whites Hill. Click here to read more about the Reserve and bushland. The playground and Cafe have plenty of parking and can be accessed from Boundary Road, Camp Hill.
Whites Hill Reserve is such a lovely area that is it is definitely worth a look. But never more so now the playground, picnic area and cafe are all there. So whether you are looking for a place for a family picnic or a place to meet with friends over coffee while the little ones play safely and happily, Whites Hill Reserve Playground is definitely one to add to your to-do list.