We give it a big thumbs up too. We’ve played there many times for a run though the water feature. The sandpit and climbing structures are good too. I like this end of town. Harris St from beginning to end or at least the bits off it are – Chinatown, Powerhouse, Ian’s pool, Darling Harbour which has some good play points too and then down to Pyrmont which has some good eateries, the growers markets (the first Saturday of the month), and sitting at the end then around a bit is the park.
Pirrama Park is also good for more grown up play. It’s on the water, has well maintained BBQ areas and ample parking – but bring your coins to avoid the vigilant parking officers.
See you there next sun shiny day!
So we arrived and found ourselves a spot under a tree. Sharing our shade was a woman who had been kayaking and was waiting for her husband to bring the car around. We got talking and discovered she had been my nephew’s teacher for the past seven years (she is a Steiner teacher and they stay with the same class through primary school), plus she knew our great friends who we hadn’t seen in a long time. I couldn’t help it; I had to take a photo which I promptly sent out to our mutual connections. It resulted in lunch at our friend’s house with their other guests – all great women – one being Kate Clere who has been profiled this month. Don’t you love that stuff??
Next is that it is set against the beautiful backdrop of Sydney harbour and you can take a dip in the bay. The playground is good for 4 years and up and there is a lot of sand pit opportunity for smaller. Great picnic areas, a café with good coffee (but a cranky owner), there’s loads of run around space, clean toilets, and a Liberty Swing. Parking is a bit expensive ($7 for two hours) but worth at least one visit.
To get there simply head toward Taronga zoo and you’ll see the signs to turn off. More on Clifton Gardens.
Edie and her mum enjoy the many playgrounds along the Cooks River: “The Cooks River winds through Canterbury, Earlwood, Dulwich Hill, and Marrickville with a million and one play grounds to enjoy along the way. It’s surrounded by native vegetation and native birds plus you can bring your pooches for the walk – it’s beautiful”. Check out: Cooks River
Melissa Barber and her gals love their local – Memorial Park in Canowindra. “There are really lovely swings sets and gardens there with shade
Here’s a bit more on Canowindra (aka the ballooning capital of Australia) …it’s a beautiful country town, close to my heart. It’s where husband grew up and where we were married.
Also! This link will take you to a list of Carols by Candlelight and Other Xmas Events Near You Singing is so good for the soul that I just had to pass this on…
I love watching children play. Running, jumping, rolling about, laughing, being imaginative, playful and free. I’m really enjoying Reed’s (my littlest guy) first experiences at playgrounds. On a swing he puts his head right back, loving the sense of freedom. It’s just gorgeous.
But not all kids get to experience this feeling, like children with limited mobility, and that’s something most of us don’t think about because let’s face it, when was the last time you saw a wheelchair bound kid at the park?
Variety, the Children’s Charity is trying to change this situation with the Liberty Swing. It’s a wheelchair swing that is being put into parks all over Australia. They aren’t cheap but Variety works with sponsors and councils to contribute to their own fundraising to cover the 25k+ costs – and if you ever get to see one in action as I have, you know it is worth every penny. It’s simply magical. See for yourself:
Park Life – October Long Weekend Despite the rain, we enjoyed park life on the October long weekend but we weren’t getting down and dirty at Centennial Park just a bit muddy down at the Bra with the boys.
The park at Maroubra Beach is our local and it’s great. Big, enclosed, shady, no swings to fight over or to run into but good things to play on and close to good coffee, fish and chips, a great skate park and of course a swim! Just pull in to the car park at the beach and you can’t miss it. The stretch between Maroubra beach and South Maroubra beach is also a goodie for picnics and BBQs. There’s a number of sheltered areas with ample tables and seating for bigger gatherings. We love the Bra.
The bigger kiddies playing up the road at Parklife Festival had Groove Armada play the closing song. It’s a favourite of mine and fitting end to this entry.
Canberra: Just one more hour and we pull up to a serviced apartment for the night. We like to stay at
Jindabyne: 2.5 hours later and the kids have just about had it with confinement. We pull in for lunch at the Tourist Centre and grab a few supplies at the supermarket before making the last 30 minute drive to our snowy week – which was great but that’s another story.
Cooma: On the way back we bypass “Jindi” and head for Cooma. Nicknamed by locals as the ‘Gateway to the Snowy Mountains’, you’ll know when you’re getting close for all the snowmen signs waving you in. For our travelling purposes it has plenty of food outlets (eat in/drive through) surrounding Centennial Park which has a good, enclosed playground, seating and clean toilets. Markets are held there on the third Sunday of every month.
Canberra: Sleep, sleeps in the The Capital again. It was election night and we joked about being right in the action but really apart from our children, Canberra seemed pretty quiet.
Last stop, Berrima: Part of the Southern Highlands and situated neatly between Canberra and Sydney is this sweet historical village that has, among other tourist attractions, several parks with good picnic areas. We like the first we see entering the village and it’s great – playground, toilets, food across the road. It’s really a lovely place to stop but we are keen to get home so don’t go exploring. Berrima is however on our list of weekend places in the future.