Perth is definitely a city for young families, and the further you spread out, the more new estates seem to pop up to cater for them.
And with new estates comes some seriously epic new park spaces to keep the tiny ones tuckered out.
Whether it’s for the school holidays or just a casual weekend out in the fresh air (and off those screens!), here are 20 awesome kids playgrounds all over Perth.
Braithwaite Park, Mt Hawthorn
An awesome little nature playground nestled amidst the schools area of Mt Hawthorn, it’s got a good mix of play areas, even for slightly older kids. The flying fox is always a hit, but it’s the variety of opportunities for exploration that’ll keep the kids busy for ages.
Photo by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Whale Playground, Scarborough
The Scarborough Esplanade facelift over the past few years has many of excellent reasons to visit, and the huge Whale Playground at the northern end is one of ‘em. The life size whale skeleton, cubby house and climbing areas, combined with skate park, rock climbing and basketballs next door make for a huge day out.
Treasure Island, Alkimos
Shorehaven’s Treasure Island adventure playground is ridiculously huge, and even comes with its own set of hidden clues and puzzles for kids to solve! Collect a treasure hunt booklet from the sales office and leave it with the kids while you grab a coffee/drink at Shorehouse Café or Oceans 27 next door!
Photo by EPCAD
Kinkuna Adventure Playground, Eglington
Another insanely huge kids playground north of the river, Kinkuna features a wooden fort with ramps and rope climbs, nature-based play areas, basketball courts and BBQ areas. There’s also a small water play area during the summer areas, and the BBQs even come complete with a free music streaming service (!).
Hyde Park, Perth
This popular inner-city park is a little oasis for those who love to frequent it, and there’s plenty to do for kids too. In warmer months there’s a large water play zone, while the kid’s playground area is good fun, and it’s just a great park for walking around and exploring.
Rotary Park Opportunity Play Space, Wanneroo
Rotary Park up in Wanneroo is a huge space you can plan a nice little picnic day trip around with barbecues and toilet facilities. Featuring a large wood fort, climbing walls, slides, spider web, fireman pole, monkey bars and heaps more, it understandably gets pretty popular on the weekends.
Kingsway Dinosaur Park, Madeley
If your kids have an affinity for prehistoric beasts, Kingsway Dinosaur Park is a must-visit! It’s very nature-play focused, with dinosaur themes infused throughout, like bones buried in the sandpit, water play parks and a duck pond prime for exploration.
Kings Park, Perth
Perth’s most famous green space is filled with a variety of different play areas for kids, including more dinosaur action at Synergy Parkland. There are also some huge nature play areas in the Saw Avenue Picnic Area and Rio Tinto Naturescape, along with the massive Lotterywest Family Area – you’ll need all school holidays just to figure them all out.
Russell Brown Adventure Park, Mosman Park
If you’re looking for something a little hidden out-of-the-way, Russell Brown Adventure Park is tucked away in Minim Cove in Mosman Park, and you can miss it easily! It blends it beautifully with the surrounding parklands, filled with natural structures, ropes, old trees, cubby houses and a little lake to run around.
Jo Wheatley All Abilities Play Space, Dalkeith
This play space in Nedlands truly has something for people of all ages and abilities, with wheelchair access, flying fox, water play areas, swings and even a sensory walkway. If you’re planning a day out with the grandparents too, this space is perfect, with a senior park, plenty of seating and viewing positions, along with cafés close by.
Montario Quarter Playground, Shenton Park
A playground for kids with big imaginations, Montario Quarter’s space is fantasy themed with a nice mix of nature-based structures and weird, wacky and brightly-coloured architecture. There’s also an outdoor gym and basketball court for the big kids, plus plenty of seating and a barbecue if you want to make a lunch of it.
Heathcote Reserve Pirate Ship Playground, Applecross
Set on the banks of the Swan River in Applecross, Heathcote’s Pirate playground is huge and will keep your little sailors busy on the high seas for hours. Filled with rope ladders, climbing bridges, cubby houses and more, it’s probably more suited to slightly older kids (5-and-up), but there are less-intense areas for toddlers too.
Wireless Hill Park, Adross
Across the road in the Ardross you’ll find Wireless Hill Park, an area steeped in history that’s beautifully honoured by the Wireless Hill Park nature space. The playground blends the area’s history with awesome connected speakers, views of the city, and plenty of signage talking about the indigenous and telecommunications past of Wireless Hill.
South Beach Playground, South Fremantle
After a morning swim at Freo’s iconic South Beach, the kid’s playground and surrounding grassed area is the perfect place to pull up for a picnic lunch. The playground also packs a bit of a pirate theme, with a softfall flooring and shade sails in the warmer months.
Kadidjiny Dr Seuss Park, Melville
Set within the grounds of the old Melville Primary School, Kadidjiny gets its Dr Seuss nickname thanks to crazy colouring and weird and wonderful play equipment throughout. There’s musical instruments for the kids to bang on, big slides and swings, a huge spider’s web and more to go with a nice picnic area featuring barbecues and toilets.
John MacMillan Park, Victoria Park
John MacMillan Park scored a huge new upgrade last year and has become a popular spot for families to hang out in Victoria Park. Along with a heap of nature-based played, there’s basketball courts, ping pong tables, the misty “Portal” sculpture and even a little kids library set within the park grounds!
Optus Stadium Sensory Playground + Chevron Parklands, Burswood
Optus Stadium is surrounded by a couple of beautiful park areas, with a fantastic sensory playground to the south and the Chevron Parklands to the north. There’s areas catering to all ages, along with barbecue and picnic facilities, the beautiful BHP Boardwalk and The Camfield just across the way if you feel like a cheeky pint.
Faulkner “Volcano” Park, Belmont
We’re not sure whose idea it was to put a steaming volcano in the middle of a kid’s playground but we love it, and your kids probably will too. Located right next to the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre, there’s a lovely lake to explore, a local war memorial and a bunch of other play areas to keep kids engaged.
Neil McDougall Park, Como
Neil McDougall Park in Como is divided into four huge sections, including a lovely lakeside walkway to go with an expansive kid’s area. Including a flying fox, sensory play and exercise stations to go with barbecues and toilet facilities, it’s another nice spot for a play-filled picnic.
Tomato Lake Reserve, Kewdale
Taking in the lush surrounds of Tomato Lake, this reserve requires a full afternoon to really explore. Luckily there are plenty of barbecue facilities and picnic tables to pull up at while the kids walk, ride or scoot around the lake and play on the huge playground with features to suit all ages.
Bardon Park, Maylands
Bardon Park is the City of Bayswater’s crown jewel when it comes to reserves, with two kids playgrounds along with fantastic wetlands and walking/cycling paths. The flying fox and nature and water play features will keep the kids busy while you pull up on the grassy knoll and watch the world go by.
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