John Forrest National Park is the ultimate location for a family day out, with waterfalls, walking trails, picnics spots, plenty of kangaroo sightings, a tavern and now a brand new nature play space that offers the perfect opportunity for kids of all ages to get dirty, create, climb, splash and burn off some steam!
Located in the main picnic area, you don’t have to look hard or walk far to stumble across this small yet mighty play space set amongst advanced native trees providing lots of shade and beside a flowing creek adding an extra element of play. There are also toilets and BBQs nearby.
The play space enhances and blends with the natural landscape and beauty of John Forrest National Park, play features include a timber staircase, teepee and a series of balancing & stepping logs. It is an ideal space for children to use their imagination and play “Let’s Pretend” games while getting their hands dirty.
A unique feature of the playground are the two magposts, a magpost works just like a magnifying glass, children can collect natural moveable objects such as sand, woodchips, water, twigs, branches, rocks, fallen leaves or even insects and examine them more closely.
The giant bobtail lizard is a fun addition to the play space and the craftmanship is amazing! The Bobtail Lizard is one of the most well known and recognized lizards in Australia, so it is very fitting!
My boys especially loved playing in the creek, they would throw leaves and stones into the water, it quickly became a game to find items that would sink vs float. They also had a ball running across the Glen Brook Dam Bridge.
Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos, we saw plenty on the day we visited!
A word to the wise, dress your children in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, especially if they are anything like mine and want to play in the creek or jump in every single puddle! I’d recommend wearing gumboots and taking spare clothes.
National Park entry fees to apply to visit John Forrest National Park, fees are $13 per car. Park Passes are available online which allows you entry into National Parks all over WA.
John Forrest National Park
Park Rd, Hovea
About Kellie Elliott
Kellie Elliott is a stay at home mum of 4 she enjoys adventuring around Perth with her children and sharing her journeys and experiences on Instagram at Perth Mum Adventures.
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Kellie Elliott is a stay at home mum of 4 she enjoys adventuring around Perth with her children and sharing her journeys and experiences on Instagram.
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