If you are planning on attending an event at Optus Stadium with the kids, why not planned ahead and incorporate a trip to the Chevron Parklands into your visit?
Like so many of Perth’s premier attractions and places to visit, the developers of Optus Stadium have thought about the needs of families with this sprawling nature based play space. There are six play areas and all have been inspired and designed from the Noongar Seasons – there are signs throughout the parklands that provide visitors with information about each area.
The fully fenced area (although the gates aren’t particularly high) is known as Weitj Nest (Djeran Season) and has been designed with small children in mind. It features water play, musical play, a large swing, a small slide and log steps.
Perth Crochet Club will host two very special kids crochet classes during the winter holidays that are perfect for children who would love to learn a new hobby.
Mia Mia Hill is inspired by Makuru Season, and features all-natural elements including a tee-pee made with sticks and branches, logs and rocks. The next area, Yaargan Dry Creek, is based on the Djilba Season and features stones, plants, logs and bridges.
Bullung Hangout (Bunuru Season) features rope play and log steps – this area is located next to the water, so be sure to watch your children at all times. Just to the side of Bullung Hangout is the popular Qwandong Towers, based on the Kambarang Season, is a large play structure with rope ladders, platform steps, overhead rope bridges and a large slide. Some of the structure is not roped or fenced off, so be sure to keep a close eye on little ones if they want to climb up.
Numbat Burrows (Birak Season) is the last of the play areas. There are tunnels to climb and hide in or climb on top of, along with log steps for balancing.
You will find various shaded picnic areas and water fountains dotted throughout the parkland, although beyond the shelters there isn’t an awful lot of shade, so be sure to take a hat and slip, slop, slap on the sunscreen on a hot day.
Getting to the park on event days or AFL game days is easiest via public transport, including bus or train, as there is very limited public parking available on event days at the nearby Belmont Racecourse.
The next closest parking is at Crown Casino (although I’m not sure what the rules and any costs are for parking here on game days) and at Burswood Train Station, which is just one stop away from the stadium station. The trains will stop here on game days but may not stop at the stadium station on non-event days. If you want to visit the parklands on a non-event day, it may be best to park at Crown Casino and walk across to the stadium.
The closest toilets are located at the City View Café, which is in the stadium and is open to the public between 7am and 3pm on weekdays, plus at the Camfield, which is open from 11am daily. Conveniently, both of these places also sell coffee and meals. Hurray!
The Chevron Parkland is a must-do for visitors to Optus Stadium, with something for children of all ages to see and lots of nature-based activities for little explorers.
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Essential Information Chevron Parklands
Located outside Optus Stadium, Roger MacKay Drive, Burswood
Open: Always open