As the mother of two under six, I am officially a playground aficionado.
As most parents would attest – it’s one of the best (free) ways to get the kids out of the house and burning some of that energy!
When it comes to fun spots, Barwon Heads does not disappoint. Some of our favourite playgrounds ever are right here.
The Pirate Park, within the Barwon Heads Village Park, is a major hit. With flying foxes, challenging climbing frames, swings, spinners and a pirate ship to steer – there’s endless entertainment. Plus, with sheltered BBQ and picnic facilities, toilets and a skate park, this spot has something for everyone in the family.
Over at the foreshore there is another superb playground, in the Frank Ellis Reserve. This one is easily spotted as you cross the bridge from Ocean Grove. Heaps of fun swings, slides and spinners will help the kids burn some energy here, while you take in the views of the beautiful river. There are BBQ facilities, toilets and sheltered seating here also.
As well as these two major playgrounds, there are some smaller neighbourhood parks around Barwon Heads that are worth a visit, if only to escape the crowds. Our personal favourites include the small, fenced park near the tennis courts, or the quiet and sheltered Mews Reserve.
The beach, of course, is one of our favourite spots to play – the rock pools in particular. Even on cooler days, at low tide the rock pools at Thirteenth Beach are irresistible for adventurous spirits, young and old.
In short, Barwon Heads has oodles of opportunities for kids to play and get active – an essential part of any family day trip!