If youíre looking for one of the best and most original playgrounds in Perth, look no further than Heathcote Reserve.
With its awesome adventure playground, spectacular, uninterrupted views of the Swan River, historical significance and (which many parents will certainly appreciate) great coffee, Heathcote is a fantastic destination for kids and parents alike.
Now that's a view.
Beside the gorgeous view, the most impressive feature about Heathcote is the giant, pirate ship playground. It will appeal mostly to kids aged four and over, who will love navigating through the walkways, over bridges, up and down rope ladders and wooden planks and whizzing down the slides. There are lots of shady spots and little cubby areas that the kids can take a breather in.
The pirate ship playground is impressive.
Thereís no doubt younger kids will follow their older siblings, but children under four should be supervised when playing as there are areas that may be a bit advanced, which could result in a fall or mishap.
There is, however, a dedicated area for babies and toddlers, which continues with the water theme, including a whale shaped slide. This area is mostly undercover and like the rest of the playground, it is surrounded by soft sand or matting in case of trips or falls.
Kids will love navigating their way through the walkways.
There are three sets of swings in the park and a total of eight barbeques at the reserve, plus picnic tables and ample grassed areas to spread out a picnic rug.
There is also the Blue Water Grill restaurant on site, which offers formal dining, as well as the more casual outdoor kiosk serving takeaway food and coffee.
Unfortunately when I visited, the kiosk was temporarily closed but I was still able to buy takeaway food and drinks via the restaurant. The takeaway menu includes standard outdoor dining fare such as fish and chips, wedges and squid and chips, and when open the kiosk sells a range of sandwiches and sushi, plus the favourite sweet treats such as ice creams.
The Blue Water Grill Restaurant offers dine in and takeaway.
There are toilets and change facilities available just next to the kiosk.
For those who are interested in the Reserveís history as a mental health hospital, there is a museum and art gallery on site dedicated to preserving this heritage precinct. The museum and gallery are open on Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm and on weekends from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
Olivia and I chose to eat our lunch outside and were stalked by a persistent seagull.
For variety of things to do and attractions on offer, Heathcote is definitely a great place to amuse the kids for a few hours, meet with friends or just hang out in the park with a coffee.
Essential Information Heathcote Reserve is located at 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross.