We are big fans of the nature playgrounds popping up on the Coast for young tots to explore. First there was Wallaby Reserve in Blackwall, then Pinyari Park at Kincumber, and then came the epic Gosford Waterfront Park, and now Australia Ave Local Playground in Umina Beach is here to excite your mini eco-warriors!
Australia Ave Local Playspace (also known as Guyangil Park) is a beautiful place to whittle away a sunny morning. It’s all about imaginative play here. There are wooden creatures to befriend and climb, a tunnel, ladder and bridge perfect for a game of pirates or a rescue mission, and stepping stools to follow fairies across or to sit on and have a pretend tea party.
A smooth, flat path winds its way through the park and is perfect for little ones who want to scrub up on their scooter or bike riding skills.
Native plants surround the playspace, which attracts native birds and animals to the park. Why not try your hand at some wildlife spotting while you’re there? You could even keep a record of what you see and take some snaps for reference.
This park would also make a lovely place for mother’s group meet-ups or a family picnic on the weekend.
Australia Ave Local Playspace, Umina Beach
Facilities: Rubbish bins and bench seating. Trees offer some shade but it’s best to wear hats and sunscreen at this park. Unfortunately, there are no toilets.
Fencing: The park is fenced along the sides and back, but not along the road.
Age group: Toddlers and pre-schoolers will get the most out of this playground.
Parking: Parking is available in front of the playground.
Location: 16 Australia Ave, Umina Beach.
While you’re scoping out the playgrounds in Umina, make sure you head on over to the Peninsula Recreation Precinct, which has multiple play spaces, a bike and scooter path, plus BBQ facilities. There’s also WL Lloyd Park on Norman St, which is also fab for younger kids.
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Written By: LOUISE MEERS
Louise spent a decade in the publishing industry writing for children and was the editor of K-Zone magazine prior to moving to the Central Coast in 2018. These days you’ll find her wrangling her toddler at playgrounds all over the Coast, and creating content from a cosy corner in her living room.