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Best Australian Playgrounds - Lake Macquarie Variety Playground

My kids assure me that the brand new Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point (near Newcastle) is the "best ever, Mama!"

The playground was commissioned by Lake Macquarie City Council to be one that could be enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities, to be inclusive and to be exciting enough to encourage children to enjoy and explore outdoors.

This is the first playground I’ve been to where children can play with an Archimedean Screw - a simple spiral device which, as it's turned, draws water up into a small weir which children can pull the plug on and joyfully soak their peers! There are other things to play with in this dedicated water play area as well. There is a bike and scooter path with all the signs you would associate with driving on our roads, small bridges, corrugated and marked surfaces and the challenge of learning basic road rules.

The playground has been designed with different zones - the water play area, the circuit (road) zone, the little kids zone, quiet zone, mountain zone, big swing zone, maze and even a sensory garden.

One of the most outstanding features of the park is the central tower which has two climbing areas - one with stairs, one involving climbing a structure of nets - which lead to the top and a spectacular enclosed slide from top of the tower - nine metres. The central tower looks somewhat like an old coal mine poppet head - appropriate for the Hunter Valley - and also has a climbing wall where kids can test their climbing skills, and a double flying fox which sails out over an enormous pit of sand.

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New facilities are being built with the playground including new toilets and a kiosk.

The playground officially opens on 22 October 2011, will cover nearly 2 hectares and will have cost about $6 million by the time it’s completed with. Funding has come from all levels of government, the coal industry and the Variety children’s charity.

Speers Point Park is at the northern end of Lake Macquarie and has been a popular family destination for many years. There are annual concerts and events held in the park which is right on the edge of the lake and is next to the local council swimming pool complex.

The playground has it’s own Facebook page  


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