Kids Will Love Grant Reserve, A Beachside Adventure Playground!
By: Kylie Purtell, ellaslist explorer
ellaslist explorer Kylie Purtell and her family had some serious playtime at the beachside adventure playground Grant Reserve down by Coogee Beach. Here's why she thinks it's a top playground pick, as well as hints on how to make your family day there the best it can be:
Grant Reserve at Coogee is in a beautiful location, and with the beach right next door there is plenty to do aside from playing in the playground. The coastal walking path that runs from Bondi and past Coogee runs right past the park so you can go for a long or short stroll, and make an entire day out of it.
What Equipment Is There For Playtime?
One thing I was most impressed with was the number of seats and benches located in and around the playground. These are usually in short supply at a lot of playgrounds, however, there were plenty at Coogee and many of them shaded well, making them the perfect spot to sit and have some lunch or a snack.
The playground is well-maintained with a lot of different equipment and beautiful views of the beach and ocean. For the big kids the main attraction is the large rope climbing frame, however, aside from that, there isn’t much for the bigger thrill seekers in the family. The younger kids are well catered for however, with 3 small slides, a raised wooden area with puzzles & binoculars, 4 swings, musical play elements and lots of smaller climbing areas.
What Facilities Are Around?
With it’s location only a few hundred metres from Coogee Beach there are plenty of shops & cafes nearby. There is also a public toilet block located very close to the playground, however by the late afternoon on a Saturday it was starting to get a bit grimey.
Parking is at an absolute premium in the area so there is a good chance that you will have to park a distance away from the playground and then walk, however the well-maintained and smooth coastal walk makes this easy. There is also a large open reserve about a minute’s walk from the playground (you’ll see it if you visit the toilet block) where you can take a ball and have a kick.
What Was The Kid's Verdict?
The girls loved being able to spend a couple of hours walking and exploring the beach and rocks before heading to the playground to sit together on one of the large picnic benches for lunch. After lunch, they spent another couple of happy hours exploring the playground and all it had to offer, and the youngest (4) was thrilled to have so many different pieces of equipment and activities that she could easily navigate.
The eldest (6) really loved the giant rope climbing frame and spent a lot of time climbing right to the very top and all around the structure. The youngest enjoyed the easy access slides and the “rock climbing” hand & footholds that were on a gentle slope.
We visited on a Saturday in winter and it was very hard to get a parking spot close by, so I imagine in summer it would be almost impossible so be prepared to park further away and enjoy the coastal walking path to get to the playground. The park also has some BBQs available for public use.
With the beach and coastal walking track right there this area of Coogee has a lot more to explore than just the playground and so it’s definitely a place to make a day of it, pack a picnic lunch and explore.