One of Perth's favourite nature playgrounds has re-opened after a revamp!
One of the best nature based playgrounds for children, the Rio Tinto Naturescape play space in Kings Park, has had a multi million-dollar revamp, with the park welcoming some rather large new additions.
Naturescape was closed until December 2017 while the revamp took place, and was closed again for the whole of February due to the high fire danger, but is now open for the children of Perth to enjoy and explore.
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The old play space remains, with the two new walkways, named the Python and Bungarra adding a bit of excitement to the largely natural playground.
Now children and their parents can enjoy views of the park as they climb up log steps and steep wooden ladders and then clamber down ladders or whizz down the slippery ‘slide.’
Although I hadn’t visited Naturescape before the revamp, I was pretty impressed with the new additions and the playground as a whole. It’s certainly not the type of place you can sit back while the kids run amok and you will need to supervise them as they climb rocks and steel towers or wade in the water, but that’s also the beauty of the space. It’s about getting out and about and exploring nature with your children.
The Python and Bungarra walkways are 40 metres in length and will take you high above the park. The Python is located close to the entrance and will probably be the first place your children flock to when arriving at the park.
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The Bungarra walkway is located at the opposite end of the park, past the Dingo Dens and waterholes. At the end of this walkway is ‘The Tangle’ rope play area.
The creeks and waterholes are not suitable for swimming, but older children and adults are allowed to dip their feet in or wade through the waters. Children in nappies must not go in the water at all.
Along with this rule, there are a few other regulations to be followed at the park. Leave the footy at home, as you are not allowed to play ball games, and take all rubbish with you when you leave (there are no bins.) Other things that aren’t permitted in the park include pets, bikes, skateboards, scooters, eskies, shade tents and chairs. As mentioned, it really isn’t the sort of place you can sit back and relax with the family or friends while the little ones play and full supervision is an absolute must.
There are several picnic areas to stop and take a break, plus drinking water fountains and the park has toilets and baby change facilities. The playground is open 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday, except in February, when the park is closed. It will also be closed on ‘very high fire danger’ rated days (and days rated above) so always check the website for updates before you go. There is car parking available on May Drive, and the best entry point is off Saw Avenue in Perth.
Spot some bugs, wade in the waterholes and smell the flowers. Rio Tinto Naturescape is designed for children to immerse themselves in nature and discover everything the great outdoors has to offer.
Essential Information Rio Tinto Naturescape at Kings Park
May Drive, Kings Park (enter via Saw Avenue, Perth)
Opening hours: Open between 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays and during the entirety of February.
Cost: Free entry