A bunch of upgrades to Central Coast playgrounds have taken place over the last few months, and we are definitely not complaining! It’s been so much fun heading out to old favourites to see how they’ve been spruced up. One of the latest to get a very cool makeover is Hylton Moore Oval Playspace in East Gosford. It’s in exactly the same spot as before but has been completely rebuilt. And you definitely won’t miss its fresh new look from the road – we are big fans of the bright green, which is so different from the super old equipment that was there before.

The new main play structure has all the ropes, including an extra large rope ladder, three mini rock-climbing sections and a large net over the top for little thrill seekers to crawl across, chill out on or hide from younger siblings!

There’s also a big, bright green wavy slide that can be accessed by a rock-climbing wall, plus three swings that cover a range of ages. There’s a classic swing, a bucket swing, and a basket swing, so kids can pick their fave.

Our mini reviewers also loved the spinner. Take turns to see who can spin it the fastest, slowest, and the silliest!

This playspace is right next to Hylton Moore Oval, so there’s lots of space to kick a ball, hold running races or even fly a kite. As it’s right next to the soccer grounds, it does get busy on Saturday mornings, so best to plan your playground trip for a weekday with littlies or after school with the big kids.

Hylton Moore Oval Playspace, East Gosford

Facilities: Hooray, there are toilets! You won’t find any seating, but the sandstone blocks are comfy enough for a snack or drink break.

Fencing: This playground is not fenced but it is set back from the road.

Parking: There is lots of parking on Althorp St.

Ground cover: Woodchip and softfall rubber under the swings.

Shade: No shade cloth, so pack your sunscreen and hats.

Age: This playspace is best for pre-schoolers and primary school-aged kids. Tweens and teens will like the oval and the small skatepark close to the playground.

Location: Althorp St, East Gosford (opposite number 44).

While you’re in the area, we also recommend checking out Elizabeth Ross Park in East Gosford, which is conveniently located next to Gosford Regional Gallery, which has amazing Japanese gardens to roam through plus ducks and fish to feed.

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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.