A NEW “District Playspace” has just opened in Gwandalan and boy are we chuffed!

This epic new playground at Tunkuwallin Oval completed construction in September 2021 and is now ready for visitors from all over the Central Coast – and beyond!

Designed by Austek Play, kids of all age groups will be kept entertained with features including a playground, bouldering wall, mini bike/ scooter track, AND basketball court!

A playground with tots in mind

Young kids will love safely clambering the bright green and timber climbing structure, up to the pinnacle double slippery dip where they can race to the bottom with a buddy. The climbing frame features easy-to-climb steps, a fireman’s pole, and a mini shop for some role-play fun! And if they want to test their balance, they can hop across to the adjacent timber log obstacle course or jump up onto the low sandstone wall that surrounds one of the park’s mature trees – that’s if parents aren’t already perching there with a coffee!

Young children will also love the in-ground roundabout, see-saw, and the stand-alone, inclusive group swing where they can whoosh to great heights with a little help from parents!

There are plenty of opportunities to test agility too – with more balancing beams and bars to swing from on the astroturfed section of the park. There’s also a wiggly, squiggly puzzle bar where bubs learning to walk can pull themselves up and manoeuvre the brightly coloured shapes from one end to the other.

Older kids will find plenty to do here too

Got tweens who love a challenge? They’ll go nuts for this awesome bouldering wall that just begs to be climbed! There’s also a basketball court for those who love to shoot hoops as well as a skate park with awesome facilities like banks, manual pads, quarter pipes, and rails. You can read more about this skate park (plus 24 others on the Coast!) here.

There’s also a swing set with both bucket swings and standard swings – keeping kids of all ages happy.

Tunkuwallin Oval Gwandalan Playground
Tunkuwallin Oval, Gwandalan | Image by Andrew Torning – shared with permission

Take a picnic and enjoy hours of fun

There’s plenty of seating dotted throughout the park, including park benches, sandstone blocks, and an undercover picnic table for when you want to grab some shade.

Tunkuwallin Oval, Gwandalan | Image by Andrew Torning – shared with permission

Tunkuwallin Oval Play Space, Gwandalan

Facilities: Toilets, litter/recycling bins, bench seating, and an undercover picnic area.

Ground Cover: A combination of sand, soft-fall, and astroturf.

Shade: The picnic seating area is shaded and there are a couple of mature trees shading the climbing frame equipment.

Fencing: This park is fully fenced.

Location: 130 Kanangra Drive, Gwandalan.

While you’re in the area, why not check out Wyee Point Reserve or the Mackenzie Reserve Playground in Budgewoi too!

Header Image by Andrew Torning used with permission.


Written By: MANDY EKMAN

Content Producer & Social Media Manager

Mandy started her media career at a digital media agency in London, before relocating to Sydney in 2008. Over the past 11 years, Mandy has gained a wide range of experience across bought, owned and earned digital media channels and after moving to the Central Coast with her husband and three kids in 2017, is really excited to be part of the Playing in Puddles team.