Location: Saw Avenue, West Perth (entrance off Thomas Street)
Main features: large adventure playground, wheelchair accessible, toilets, BBQ/tables, covered pavilion
Variety Place is a relatively new addition to the fabulous playgrounds in Kings Park. Originally built in 1974, the area was completely rebuilt and reopened in 2014 supported by a grant from Variety WA.
Playgound Features The playground is a large adventure/nature play area with climbing nets, a large birds nest swing, metal maze, balance beams, tunnels, bridges and more.
Many of the features are wheelchair accessible and the entire area was built with the needs of children with disabilities in mind.
There is a wonderful fort that overlooks the entire playground – the fact it is accessible only by a ladder keeps the very smallest (and oldest) out –making it a kid-only domain.
The massive jarrah log, well known to generations of Perth children, has been relocated from its former home near the Anzac Memorial to Variety Place and forms the backbone of the natural elements including wobbly balance beams, rocks, stepping stones and smaller logs.
The entire playground is decorated with beautiful, whimsical wooden insects which have been carved directly into the wood by local artist Nic Compton. These are linked to learning signs that feature throughout the area, encouraging children to become ‘insect detectives’ and not only hunt for insects, but learn about them as well.
Other Features There are no shade sails or covers shading the play area, however the grassy surrounds are well protected by stunning trees and is perfect for a picnic.
There are toilets open daily from 8am to 4.30pm, drinking fountains, electric BBQs and picnic tables.
There is also a large pavilion which can be hired for parties and events.
Parking There is parallel parking along Saw Avenue as well as a dedicated car-park off May Drive, which provides the best access for prams and wheelchairs.
Coffee facilities There are no cafes or facilities within walking distance. The nearest would be the cafes associated with the Synergy and Ivy Watson playgrounds.
For Mums in the Know Surrounding the area are beautiful lush lawns and sandpits. It is not gated, and the nearest road is busy Thomas Street, however a child would have to run a few hundred metres before making it to the road.
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Variety Place, Saw Avenue Kings Park, West Perth