This just might be the best playground on the Central Coast. It has everything. Café (read coffee) on site: tick. A fenced and shade-cloth covered playground for under-fives: tick. Multiple play spaces for school-aged kids: tick. Bike and scooter path: tick. Barbecues, covered tables and toilet facilities: tick. We came, we saw, we played, we loved.
The tots’ area is one giant sandpit, which makes for soft landings and castle building. The rope net and sandstone blocks will attract littlies keen to perfect their balancing skills, while the cubby house and pirate ship (complete with shop window) invite hours of imaginative play. There’s also a swing set, a rocking whale and a slippery dip – and it’s all under the cover of multiple shadecloths and trees.
The older kids can take their pick from a number of play zones. One area has a basket swing, a wheel-chair-accessible spinning roundabout and swing set. Another features a ginormous scrambling net complete with nesting zones and a large slippery dip.
But wait, there’s more. For adrenalin-seekers of all ages there’s a bouldering wall, a skate park, a dirt-bike track and a paved scooter path with a bone-shattering bumpy section that kids will want to ride over again and again… and again.
And adults are catered for, too, with the adjacent Jasmine Greens Kiosk. There’s a lean towards the healthy here, with many dishes being vegan and gluten-free (think vegan bean nachos with guacamole, activated umeboshi rice balls, and tempura-battered hoki with a radicchio and caper berry salad), but there’s also banana bread, baklava, gelato and, of course, coffee. For kids there’s grilled chicken and salad, toasted cheese sandwiches and, our favourite, slinky apples.
The park is opposite the patrolled Umina Beach, so don’t forget to take your cossies.
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Peninsula Recreation Precinct
Ages: All ages.
Facilities: BBQ, covered picnic tables, bike/scooter path, toilets, water station.
Food: Jasmine Greens Kiosk is open daily from 7.30am-4pm (closed on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.).
Parking: Beach car park plus plenty of street parking.
Location: The corner of Sydney Avenue and The Esplanade in Umina.
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