On the banks of the Swan River in Mosman Park, lies the Russell Brown Adventure Park - a large expanse of logs, rocks, creeks, ropes, boulders and more, that beg for kids (and adults) to get active and a little dirty.
This is not a park for mums who need to contain a wandering toddler, or for those who just want to sit comfortably while kids play. The sheer expanse of the park, the fact that is ungated and on the banks of the river, and all those lovely natural braches and rocks means this is the type of park where parents are encouraged to put down their phones and get active with the kids.
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One of the best ways to get involved with the kids is in the corner of the park where large pre-cut branches are perfect for creating cubbies and teepees. Some of the basic frameworks have already been provided, making it easy for kids to drag around branches and leaves to complete their cubby.
Alternatively, you can race leaves (or bring a boat from home) down the creeks that feed into a beautiful pond complete with lily pads and ducks. The water flows year-round and combined with the sand and dirt means that a spare change of clothes – just in case – probably isn’t a bad idea.
We saw one family trying to catch tadpoles down on the bank of the pond while locals and their dogs walked through the park – it had a real community feel to it. There is no softplay, no slides and nothing made of plastic at all. There is, however a gated and shaded playground at the bottom of the carpark, which is suited for toddlers and smaller children.
There are a few man-made components within the park such as twisted metal frames that kids can thread metal tags, as well as a number of rope swings and climbing ropes. They even have the remnant of a large tree truck that has been made into an abseiling wall, although it would suit only older kids.
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The park has toilets (near the teepees) and some barbeques. There are grassed areas near the pond and on the outskirts but inside the main area of the park is dirt and wood, and you will have to find a tree stump or rock to sit on.
Parking is at the Mosman Park tennis club, with access down some quite steep stairs. When the tennis club is full, I am not sure what other options there are other than parking on verges in nearby streets.
While there isn’t a café in the park itself, the Leaky Tap Café is only a few streets away, but the entire park is well suited to bringing a picnic and settling in for a few hours.
Essential Information Russell Brown Adventure Park, Minim Cove Mosman Park
McCabe Street, Mosman Park
Access via Mosman Park Tennis Club
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