The playground at Blaxland Riverside Park is pretty blooming spectacular.
If you ignore the fact that there’s very little shade, it’s really got the lot.
Blaxland Riverside Park
After a drive past the Silverwater Correctional Facility – excellent for threatening what will happen to the kids if they misbehave at the park – we clap our eyes on the playground at Blaxland Riverside Park.
The kids are immediately frothing at the mouth, desperate to leap out of the car and zip straight over.
I lose them straight away, and thank my lucky stars that they are a bit older and wiser than they used to be.
What about helping Mum with the picnic stuff??
This is a very modern and high tech playground. No dry creeks or rocky sandpits here. It’s all bright colours and shiny surfaces and challenging equipment. My kids loved it. At 12 and almost six years, they were well able to cope with it all.
For myself, I loved the wide expanses of grass and the sweet rounded hills that look as if they come straight out of a Teletubbies set. Excellent for rolling down.
There are some huge BBQ areas, with lots of shelter, on the far side of the grass. There are also lots of picnic tables and BBQs right beside the river.
This would have been a NIGHTMARE for me when my hyper kids were little as the river is not fenced off. Beware if you have toddlers or wild kids.
The views over the river are lovely. My photos were taken at a very cloudy part of the day so don’t do it justice at all.
Shade: At the moment there is no shade over the play equipment so we were very glad to be there on a cloudy day.
Cafe: Yes, the Armory Wharf Cafe serves lovely grub, with indoor and outdoor seating, plus takeaway options.
Toilets: Toilets are down the hill near the river, west of the cafe.
Extra: Take bikes and trikes! We didn’t and were kicking ourselves are there are all sorts of paths in the park and alongside the river. Explore Newington Armoury, which is open at weekends. The Heritage Train runs at weekends too.
See more photos of the new sections of the playground from lovely reader Jackie Lei here.
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Have you visited Blaxland Riverside Park playground?
Marks out of ten?