Attunga Park, located behind Charlestown Public School is a neat, quiet park to stop for a play in the Charlestown area.
Although there are a couple of things for babies and toddlers to play on, this park is mostly suited to kids aged 5+. Attunga Park is located on the corner of two busy roads (Frederick Street and Milson Street) however the playground itself is further towards the back of the park, separated from Dickson Street and the school by a row of large trees.
The playground consists of a lookout tower with a play shop underneath and a small slide, a bridge and a fireman’s pole. A larger, enclosed slide is accessed via a rock climbing wall or a rope climb, so your little one has to be a confident climber to get to the top of the slide.
In addition to the climbing equipment, there is a swing, a group swing, a seesaw, a fun in-ground mini trampoline and a single flying fox (with a pretty decent ‘bump’ at the end).
The base of the playground is a combination of woodchip and softfall.
Being located right next to a primary school, I can imagine this park getting busy at school pickup, but when I visited with my five year old in the middle of the day we mostly had it to ourselves. Considering its location, it’s a very peaceful little park, owed to the many tall trees and birds inhabiting them, creating shade and a serene bushland setting.
There is only one picnic table at the playground and it is a bit grubby and graffittied, so bring a tablecloth or picnic blanket with you. There is a small toilet block in the park, which is a bit dated, but handy for when you are out and about and little ones need to go.
There is no water fountain, but there is a tap behind the toilets. I’m not sure if the water from the tap is drinkable but it would be handy for cleaning up spills and sticky hands.
The large, grassed open space of Attunga Park is great for running and kicking or throwing a ball but, of course, extra caution needs to be taken near the roads.
My five year old really enjoyed Attunga Park as it had all of his favourite things – a flying fox, slides and swings. He loved the challenge of the climbing wall and played on the mini trampoline for quite a while. We’ll definitely be back. It would be an ideal spot to stop after a trip to Charlestown Square where the kids can burn off the last of their energy while parents/carers take some time to unwind.
Good to Know
Address: Frederick Street, Charlestown (Parking on Frederick Street or Milson Street)
Public Toilets: Yes
Water Fountain: No
Picnic Facilities: 1 x Picnic Table
Café Nearby: Nearest Cafes are in Charlestown Square & Charlestown CBD
Meg is a born and raised Novocastrian whose interests include gardening, reading and writing poetry. In between writing for Newy With Kids and working as a School Learning Support Officer, Meg enjoys camping and travelling with her family and exploring Newcastle and all it has to offer. Meg has two energetic kids and is passionate about kids having the opportunity to be outdoors as often as possible.