The Rannoch Tay Reserve in Hamersley offers a number of different experiences for Perth families. There are four different areas of the reserve, comprising of a nature play area, two BBQ areas with a more traditional playground and swing set, and open spaces. For kids that like to ride bikes or scooters, there are pathways linking all the areas.
The two open spaces (one overlooked by BBQ areas) provide enough space for a game of football or cricket and are great for kids to run around in. There are a number of water fountains around the reserve and shady areas over a couple of picnic tables. Some big trees also provide shade on the outskirts of the open areas. One of the open areas has the traditional playground, lots of sand, a big slide, and swing set.
The nature play area is separated from the main area and you could easily miss it if you weren’t looking for it. But I encourage you to find it as it offers some really challenging and fun equipment suited for older toddlers (3+) and up.
There is a system of pulleys, wheels, levers and conveyor belts – this encourages social play and teamwork to move materials and learn about motion and volume. There is also a small water play area (so bring a change of clothes) at the end of the conveyor belt.
This area also has balance activities such as walking on ropes and logs, climbing nets and wooden ladder, and of course lots of sand to build and play with.
A nice added touch is the “telescopes” (not magnified) around this area that draws attention to the natural flora and fauna in the reserve.
Save yourself a reasonable amount of time to enjoy everythingRannoch Tay Reserve offers by wandering around the whole space when you visit. Bench seating is located around the reserve too just in case you want a moment to take in the scenery or watch over your kids as they explore the environment.
There are no toilets located at Rannoch Tay Reserve and parking is limited however there are a few spaces on Rannoch Circle just after Tay Place.View All Posts
Meredith, a previous career woman is now a stay and home mum (and loving it) of one son, one dog and three cats. She loves cooking, travelling and everything about being a mum. Having a glass of wine and a platter of cheeses is also a favourite pastime.