The new Bobbin Head nature playground is now open (again!) and ready to be explored. There’s something for all ages, with plenty around for you to make a fun-filled day of it these school holidays.
After briefly opening at the end of 2020, the Bobbin Head Playground was then closed again to take on community feedback. As a result, a fence was popped around it, along with some shade cloths – both necessities! I took my three kids, Cassie (6), Vivi (4) and Elliot (2) for a drive from Wahroonga to check it out. Here’s what we found at the Bobbin Head nature playground.
Getting to Bobbin Head nature playground
Getting to Bobbin Head from Wahroonga was nice and easy. We turned down Bobbin Head Road and simply followed it to the end! The normal place you pay (at the top) is currently closed, so simply drive on through and wind your way down to the river at the bottom. You want to turn left and head over the bridge, then take another left straight away to find the playground. There’s plenty of parking right out the front! Simply find a machine, pay your $12 and pop the ticket in your car and you’re set for a day of fun.
If you’re coming from the west (via Mount Colah entry), you can simply follow Ku-ring-gai Chase Road and enter from that way.
The first thing you’ll want to do when you arrive is kick off those shoes and dig your toes into the sand (parents too!). It didn’t take long for my tribe to lose their shoes… just make sure you check the sand isn’t too hot for them (most of the playground is in direct sunlight).
The idea of the playground is to encourage unstructured outdoor play and to foster a child’s connection to the environment. If you take a look from one end of the playground to the other, you’re met with lots of opportunities for open-ended play. From wooden balance mazes to tunnels to hide under, here’s what we found.
Play area for toddlers
I would say the left side of the park is definitely most suited to younger kids. On the far end you’ll find twin slides that my kids loved racing down. There are so many ways for them to get up too! It’s not just your standard climbing frame: there’s stairs behind, rock climbing rocks on the side, and kids even escaped through the bushes. This is one section of the park that has a big shade cloth over the top, so us parents hung out here for most of the morning (it was a hot day).
In front of this, there’s a toddler swing set (although one of the swings was out of action during our visit).
In front again, you’ll find wooden poles with little ledges for kids to climb on. My older girls loved climbing there, while Elliot made his way in and out of the poles like a maze!
Just in front are these tunnels kids can made their way through. Elliot had a great time in here. The girls then escaped inside (when they got a bit hot) and used it as a hiding place for their game with another boy they met in the park that day – have to love how easily kids make friends!
Off to the side there’s a gorgeous hut with seats, where we sat down for a morning snack. I won’t lie, it would have been nice to have a bit more shade over this area.
Play area for older kids
If you keep following the path, there’s even more to keep the big kids entertained.
There’s a maze of wooden logs that kids can balance their way around, hide in, or even sit on!
You’ll find a giant platypus in the sand. All three of my kids loved climbing on top of him and jumping off.
There’s another swingset for the older kids (and those with disabilities), with two swings.
At the end is a giant climbing frame (Cassie’s favourite).
What’s around Bobbin Head?
Lots! You can make a whole day of it.
Firstly, there’s coffee, snacks and food options!
- Bobbin Inn Cafe – Just a short walk from the park is Bobbin Inn Cafe where I managed to grab a cup of coffee before letting the kids loose in the play area.
- Waterside Bistro – Wander across the bridge to grab a drink, ice cream or meal from Waterside Bistro. While waiting, you can admire the incredible boats at the marina and watch the fish swimming in the water below you from the wharf.
Here’s what else you can enjoy:
- Water activities: you can hire paddle boats and kayaks and explore Cowan Creek and Apple Tree Creek.
- Picnic: there are plenty of picnic areas for you to pull up a rug and make use of the facilities. Two large picnic shelters (The Pavilion and The Station) are available for hire for large gatherings.
- Hike: There’s a number of short hikes in the area that kids can manage as well. There’s the Mangrove Boardwalk, Rainforest Track, Gibberagong Track and the Bobbin Head, Sphinx and Loop Track. This last one is 10km circuit!
Essential Details: Bobbin Head Nature Playground
- Where: 1002 Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra NSW 2074
- Parking: $12
- Toilets: Yes
- Sunshade: There are a couple of sunshades in parts of the playground
- Enclosed: Yes! There is now a fence around it
- Seats: Benches outside the fenced area
- Nearby Refreshments: Plenty of cafes nearby