Bibra Lake has a brand new playground, and itís already proving a hugely popular place for local kids and their parents.
Bibra Lake Regional Playground.
A flying fox, tree walk, water play and some giant talking rocks are just some of the exciting features that kids will love at this newly opened play space.
The flying fox.
We started with the climbing frame, since that was one of the least populated areas of the playground (it didnít stay that way for long.) There are four frames in total, all of which are moulded into interesting shapes for kids to explore. Next to the climbing frame is a mini-assault course consisting of ropes, monkey bars and climbing equipment, all housed on a bed of lovely soft sand.
One awesome aspect of this playground that adventurous kids will love is the tree walk, which sits about six metres off the ground and is accessible only by a rope ladder, with a giant twisting slide at the end.
The playground has a number of swings, including a birds nest swing and an accessible swing designed for people of all ages and abilities. The flying fox also has an accessible swing, meaning almost all of the park is inclusive for various ability levels.
The tree walk. Not for the faint hearted.
There is musical play, including musical instruments, along with in-ground mini trampolines and a water play and digging station.
Creating some lovely music.
The local Nyungar people provided inspiration for much of the parkís design, including the giant talking rocks, which are based on the traditional indigenous Yarning Circle, in which the Nyungar people would gather to share stories of the lake.
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The splash pad is another area the kids are sure to love on a hot day, with its jet sprays and random spurts of water. Next to the splash pad, youíll find a beautiful, giant mother turtle and her recently hatched offspring. This might sound a bit random for a playground, but itís design takes inspiration from the local wildlife found around Bibra Lake.
Baby turtles at Bibra Lake.
Next, we moved onto the hollow hill, which is basically a hill with four tunnels built into it that lead to a sandpit. The older kids will have no trouble running in and out of the tunnels, but be mindful of younger kids who might not be so confident getting up and down from the tunnels and into the sandpit. You will have to go in after them and endure oodles of children giving you funny looks as you crawl on all-fours in search of your child (Iím not speaking from experience.)
The tunnels. Do not lose your children in here.
The log maze is interesting Ė it is a heap of vertical, logs that are placed quite close together and the children can whizz in and out of them, while if that all sounds like too much, thereís a sandpit at the bottom of the hollow hill and a small slide for the younger kids.
The log maze. Do not lose your children in here, either.
The wood maze provides an opportunity for kids to practise their balance, and there is some sensory play in this section. There are toilets and change facilities, including a fully accessible hoist and space for two carers. The playground has picnic tables and an undercover barbeque area. Youíll find plenty of grassy areas and shady spots to sit for a picnic and the park is fully fenced.
The wood maze.
There is plenty of parking available, including disabled parking. The closest cafť is the Frostbite Cafť at Cockburn Ice Arena, although when we visited the park, a coffee van had set up shop, but this may not be permanent.
If youíre looking for somewhere to host your next mums group meet up or just take the kids for a play, Bibra Lake Regional Playground has you covered, with something for kids of all ages to enjoy and explore.
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Essential Information Bibra Lake Regional Playground
Bibra Lake Reserve, Progress Drive, Bibra Lake
Opens from 8:30am to 9pm daily in summer months
These international, award-winning programmes offer a magical world of sensory learning, wonder and exploration for babies 0 -13 months, and are backed by over 35 years of research into child development.