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Gore Hill Park: Awesome equipment in a bushland setting

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If your family have been longing to try out a new park, the latest addition to the Lower North Shore is the perfect choice! Gore Hill Park is a creative new destination for kids of all ages, with plenty of equipment to explore from water play to musical instruments. It’s accessible and  full of everything a little person would want.


Gore Hill park is in a beautiful space behind Gore Hill Oval, set against the oval and overlooking the lovely greens with plenty of people watching to entertain you. It’s protected from the main road and has bush and trees surrounding the other side.

The new park is set against the green oval and has plenty of equipment

The green landscape provides the perfect background for play

Further in, you can see the low-level water feature and rocks for accessible play

The equipment

Once you’re inside the park, there’s a huge range of equipment for different ages and interests, including classic swings and the more modern options for water play, sound and interactive features, plus a mini merry go round and multiple slides. My daughter particularly loved climbing the castle-like structures and making her ‘home’ in one of them as part of her imaginative play, before yelling with glee and sliding off! The well-designed water play feature lets kids experiment with  the push of a button that releases the water flow. There’s also a quad swing, plastic slides, play towers with rope bridges, climbing nets and metal slides, a spinning carousel, a basket swing, sensory stepping stones, musical instrument corner and a breaching whale log sculpture.

The equipment is modern, new and designed to be ‘close to nature’ in its materials and colours, with soft fall grounding, so the children are at ease and relaxed, feeling like they are playing in natural bushland. When we saw kids sitting around a collection of big logs it felt like a magical, secret meeting place within the park!

Best features:

  • Water feature
  • Musical section
  • Multiple slides
  • Castle climbing
  • Swings

A push-button water feature with faucet flow, tunnels and taps

Interactive musical equipment supports sound and strength learning

The drum and xylophone combination are popular with kids

The musical setup is well spaced for independent or side-by-side play

Can’t go wrong with a classic swing, which is always a fave

There’s a variety of slides, from metal to plastic, all for climbing and sliding

If you happen to fancy a meal on a summers evening or a breakfast on a cold winter weekend, you can head on over and barbecue on the two inbuilt BBQ stations.

The sporty types or fitness fanatics will love the mini gym or basketball court on site.

A workout spot gives adults a ‘playground’ of their own for exercise

Two inbuilt BBQs on site are a great attraction for parties

There’s a lovely, fresh feel to the setting because of the surrounding bushland and the green backdrop of the oval.  The equipment is modern, new and designed to be ‘close to nature’ in its materials and colours, with soft fall grounding, so the children are at ease and relaxed, feeling like they are playing in natural bushland. When we saw kids sitting around a collection of big logs it felt like a magical, secret meeting place within the park!

Facilities:

  • Synthetic playing surface for AFL, cricket, summer soccer and lunch time sporting groups
  • A central picnic area in the playground with wheelchair accessible tables, BBQ’s and bubblers
  • Half basketball court, 3 handball courts with lighting
  • Two outdoor gym stations
  • Perimeter walking track of just under half a km in length with pedestrian lighting
  • Two sets of bike racks

The slides and castle also have hanging ropes and climbing frames for balancing

Essential Details:

What: Gore Hill Park

Where: Corner of Pacific Highway and Reserve Road

Parking: If you’re coming from the Upper North Shore you take a sharp left just before Reserve Road and you’ll find plenty of two-hour parking. If you are coming from North Sydney, take a right onto Reserve Road and park in the multiple spaces leading up to the Royal North Shore Public Hospital

More info: Willoughby Council


Want more Places to Go, Eating Out, Events, Parks & Playgrounds? Browse our dedicated section in Out & About. 

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