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2022-05-23 Community & Lifestyle

Our top family-friendly playground picks

Playgrounds. They’re sanity savers for parents and havens for family fun where we soak up the sunshine, pull out a picnic and let the imaginations of our little ones run wild.

But moreover, playgrounds and parks are integral to all communities. They are inclusive spaces where children can test their critical thinking, learn vital skills to reach developmental milestones and where families find precious time to bond in the great outdoors.

Satterley is dedicated to creating unparalleled, innovative public open spaces in our masterplanned communities, with creative playgrounds, expansive parklands and dedicated walking and cycling trails – typically all just a short walk from home.

We’ve curated a list of our top playground picks across our estates in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Drimmie Park, Catalina estate

Aviator Boulevard, Clarkson

Avid aviation fans will ‘take flight’ at Drimmie Park in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The playground pays homage to the World War II Catalina Seaplane with a replica of the aircraft forming the centrepiece of its playground design.

The striking red aircraft has been modelled on the wartime flying boat, of which Satterley’s residential estate carries its moniker, and features a soft fall hill, climbing nets and a massive tunnel slide down from the plane.

The design has intrinsically mimicked the shape of the historic craft down to the placement of the engines (but thankfully without the guns!)

Other features of Drimmie Park include nature play, balancing logs and pods, slides, swings and a picnic shelter with tables and lawn areas.

Kinkuna Park, Allara estate

Eglinton

Kinkuna Park in Satterley’s Allara estate at Eglinton lays claim to having Australia’s first musical barbecue, which works in conjunction with a unique children’s water wonderland.

The playground, 50km north of Perth, melds summer water play, music and adventure with a multitude of offerings including a percussion play zone with drums and chimes, multi-courts, trampolines, a timber fort, a mini library and free WIFI.

The musical barbecue, which only operates during the Splash Pad’s water play operating times, is an innovative speaker system, which is linked to an amp and streaming service so families can enjoy tunes at the touch of a button while barbecuing and picnicking.

The Splash Pad includes a vortex water tunnel, waterspouts, a fountain spray and jet streams; and is open from November to April between 8am and 7pm.

Eden Beach Foreshore Park and Playground

Reflection Boulevard, Jindalee

Overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean, Eden Beach Foreshore Park and Playground captures the best of why West Australians love living on the coast – all with top-class eatery, The Beach House, nearby.

Offering fun for every age, the Eden Beach playground incorporates a three-storey climb to the winding slide, other climbing structures, long ropes to help build strength and coordination, multi-level play cubes and a dedicated toddler play area with sand play and swings.

There is also a barbecue, shade shelters and toilets so make a day of it and bring a picnic. Or if you’ve given yourself a day off, check out The Beach House, which is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am until late.

The Hales Park

Mandon Street, Forrestfield

Nature-based play is at the fore of The Hales Park in Forrestfield, with a host of playground activities derived largely from naturally sourced materials.

The centrepiece of the playground is an impressive 9m tall timber tower with a huge 14m tunnel slide. The structure extends to a bridge, cargo net ladder, wooden ladder and a fireman’s pole on the first level, with an all-abilities double flying fox at ground level.

Even younger tykes are accommodated with a shaded sandpit and mud kitchen.

Myella estate

Joondalup Drive, Wanneroo

Strategically positioned to enjoy beautiful Lake Joondalup and loved local icon Yellagonga Regional Park, Satterley’s Myella estate perfectly marries its natural surrounds with innovative, fun play for children.

Located just minutes from the Joondalup town centre, the estate presents the perfect balance between a nature-lover’s retreat and the hubbub of the busy local metropolis.

Two new parks have opened at Myella in recent times, which feature animal sculptures, hammocks between the mature trees, climbing structures, swings and nature play as well as seating areas.

In addition, the 16km circuit loop at Lake Joondalup is perfect for cycling and walking, especially if you want to get amongst some of the local wildlife, which include long-necked turtles, frogs, kangaroos and varied species of birdlife.

VICTORIA

Botanical Park

Mickleham

Shoot some hoops or kick-about at the soccer goals in Botanical estate’s first park and playground located in Mickleham.

There’s plenty to explore in the new playground, which features both formal and nature-based play elements for children of all ages.

Kids can have a go at the 4metre play tower or discover the bridge, mounds and boulders that are designed to be enjoyed by curious little minds.

The inviting play space also incorporates the more standard playground additions such as rope nets, basket swing and slide.

For those wanting to participate in more organised activities for fun or fitness, the multipurpose court space and large grassed area are both great options.

Fitness fanatics can have a go at the free outdoor fitness bootcamps, running three times a week in the local park.

Dragon Park, Arcadia estate

Officer

If you’re not deterred by fire-breathing dragons, test your fear factor with a trip to Dragon Park.

Set in Satterley’s Arcadia estate in Officer, in Melbourne’s south-east, the spectacular playground has been cleverly designed using the entire dragon’s body to create various play zones for children.

But this one is not for the faint-hearted. The only access to the steep slide is by coming face-to-face with the beast itself and climbing the rope ladder into its metal jaws.

Each part of the dragon’s body houses different play equipment, from the spines which have a ropes course and elevated platforms; to its back which doubles as a climbing frame; and a series of smaller slides taper down its tail.

Created by Agency of Sculpture, an award-winning design and fabrication company in Yackandandah, the mind-blowing masterpiece weighs around 25 tonnes – the equivalent of a garbage truck or four large elephants.

In addition, Dragon Park integrates all-abilities equipment, animal sculptures and a basketball hoop.

True North's Stage 17 Park

Greenvale

True North’s newest park, located on the corner of Compass Drive and Compute Street, fits in seamlessly with the several hectares of the surrounding wetlands of Greenvale Reservoir Park.

Opened in October 2021, the park, which draws its inspiration from the surrounding wetlands and recreational sport, features a well-landscaped playground with play equipment including a basket swing, climbing nets and more.

The park also boasts a basketball half court, cricket screen and shaded, undercover seating making it a universal space for families to enjoy.

QUEENSLAND

Ridgeview Central Park

Narangba

There’s no shortage of space at Satterley’s Ridgeview estate or opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

The estate in Narangba, 34km north of Brisbane, heralds an unbelievable 5000sqm central park jam-packed with green spaces, playgrounds and outdoor gymnasium equipment.

Kids can swing, clamber and climb to their heart’s content with a multi-level fort, flying fox, nest swing and the revolutionary ‘You and Me’ swing, which allows adults to relive their childhood enjoyment of swings. The dual swing has been designed to accommodate both an adult and a toddler who sit facing each other.

The playground is accessible for wheelchairs via the ramp, which is fitted with play panels.

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