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Wyee Point Reserve

P1030297Wyee Point is one of those suburbs you might pass by in the car without giving it a second thought. There’s not much to see from the main road except the sloping rooftops of a retirement village and plenty of trees. Stop though, and a real treat is in store; this quiet suburb is home to our new favourite playground. We still love the Variety Playground at Speers Point too. Who doesn’t? But, the latter is just a little too far from home for regular visits. Whereas Wyee Point Reserve is an easy twenty-minute drive away, and has plenty to offer.P1030278The fantastic cycle/scooter circuit for starters. We took Ickle’s Mini Micro for the first time this weekend and she couldn’t wait to zoom down the hill. I had no idea the track was so long until she disappeared off into the distance…with Mivvy and me in hot pursuit.P1030283And look who greeted us at the bottom of the slope! A few furry friends had hopped out of the surrounding bush to soak up the winter sunshine. In fact, although Wyee Point is a growing suburb, it’s still relatively rural,* and the reserve has retained a sense of spaciousness and tranquillity. Even on a sunny Saturday morning, with two birthday party groups in attendance, it had a wonderful laid-back feel about it. Whether this is the case in the height of summer has yet to be seen.

The equipment is varied with a spider web, flying fox and spinning see-saw among the prime attractions. And traditional classics such as swings and slides also feature. There are also barbecue areas and covered shelters making it a great place for a group get-together.P1030299P1030328Ickle had a ball moving from one activity pod to another. Mivvy mainly sat on a picnic rug, surveying her surroundings with great pleasure, while trying to surreptitiously stuff wood chippings into her mouth. And Nana L. and I had fun catering to the whims of two little misses.P1030311P1030307*Being rural, the reserve is not all pristine and proper, of course. Ickle’s scooter wheels and our shoes were filthy after a few circuits of the track, and the play area is liberally sprinkled with animal droppings. So that explains why a lot of littlies turn up in boots, then.

Fun @ Speers Point Park

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Daddy Ickle needed to head up north and suggested he drop Icklegen and me at the playground in Speers Point Park for the morning. I’ve been meaning to take Ickle there for ages, so leapt at the chance. The playground comes with top credentials, having been voted ‘Best Playspace in Australia’ in 2011 by Parks and Leisure Australia, and picking up the Design Award for Excellence at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects awards the same year.

The playground is well-screened at the main entrance; in fact, despite the sign, we questioned whether we were in the right place as we drove in. But, a wonderland of discovery awaits as you venture in, and oodles of space – some two hectares of it. After some initial hesitation, Icklegen was in the mood to explore. She was particularly taken with the Cockle Creek Ferry which comprises wooden walkways, slides, ladders and a climbing net.P1020024P1020020

A little less so with the giant 9-metre slide. She was intrigued by it but, once she and Daddy Ickle had made it to the top, she got cold feet and decided not to launch herself into the scary darkness of the tunnel heading down. Hardly surprising – take a look at it for yourselves!P1020037

The playground is a real feast for the senses. As well as traditional equipment, there are music-making features, giant metal listening dishes and an area dedicated to water play (this last proving a big hit with Ickle). And the whole place is alive with pockets of vibrant colour.P1020040P1020034P1020062

A café, Sal’s by the Lake, is handily located on site for essential refreshments. And non-essential options too, such as pretty-iced cupcakes and milkshakes (including child-sized ones). All profits go towards the Salvos* so we made our little contribution in the form of some naughty-but-nice treats.P1020012P1020031

Step outside the main enclosure and you find yourself in an expanse of beautiful parkland leading down to the lake’s edge. And a reminder for me of autumn in Europe, with orange, red and gold leaves ablaze in the trees, and crunchy underfoot. We enjoyed a quiet picnic lunch by the water, where we wound down gently after a morning full of activity.P1020076P1020070

*Salvos is an affectionate Australian diminutive for The Salvation Army.