There are loads of fun playgrounds in the Newcastle and Hunter region but sometimes you need more challenging and adventurous playgrounds for older kids. These include things like more advanced climbing equipment and flying foxes. If you have older kids looking for challenges and adventures, here’s a list of fun playgrounds for older kids in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.
Stockton Active Hub (Stockton)
With great play equipment and skate facilities plus fantastic harbour views of Newcastle, the Stockton Active Hub is a favourite for both kids and adults. Older kids will appreciate the tower as well as the flying foxes. Read more about the Stockton Active Hub.
King Edward Park (The Hill)
This playground features a large sphere-like climbing structure in which kids can clamber to the top to enjoy ocean views. There’s also a suspension bridge and thick rope bridge. Read more about King Edward Park.
Lambton Park (Lambton)
The slide integrated into the climbing feature at Lambton Park requires kids to climb up themselves to the top. Perfect for older kids who want a challenge. Just watch that metal slide in summer. It gets hot! Read more about Lambton Park
Wickham Park (Wickham)
A large climbing frame and a flying fox make this park best suited to older kids. Read more about Wickham Park.
Tourle Street Reserve (Mayfield West)
With advanced obstacles including climbing walls, toadstools and a wobbly metal bridge high off the ground, this playground provides challenges to older kids. Read more about Tourle Street Reserve.
Webb Park (Redhead)
At this beach-themed playground, older kids can climb up and slide down a wave-shaped climbing equipment as well as slide along a flying fox flanked with giant surfboards. All this before or after going for a swim at Redhead Beach. Read more about Webb Park.
Blackbutt Adventure Playground (New Lambton)
Set in the leafy surrounds of Richley Reserve, this colourful 60-metre playground is filled with play equipment that will entertain and challenge older kids. Its star attraction is a climbing tower with bridges, slide and fireman pole, and rope courses. Read more about Blackbutt Adventure Playground.
Centennial Park (Cooks Hill)
If you have older children who love to balance and climb, there’s a climbing structure, climbing walls and equipment and a rope swing. Read more about Centennial Park.
Toronto Foreshore Playground (Toronto)
For older kids, there’s a large climbing frame, a roundabout and some awesome skateboard like balancing equipment. All this and views of the lake! Read more about Toronto Foreshore Park.
Smith Park (Hamilton North)
Drop by Smith Park in Hamilton North. It’s fantastic for adventurous kids – basically a Ninja Warrior kids playground. There are loads of things to climb up, balance on and dangle from. Read more about Smith Park.
Kurraka Drive Playground (Fletcher)
Here’s a playground that’s great for older kids who like to climb. Located in ‘The Sanctuary’ in Fletcher on Kurraka Drive past the Community Centre, it boasts a large climbing frame that’s ideal for energetic kids. Read more about Kurraka Drive Playground.
Speers Point Variety Playground (Speers Point)
The ultimate park for older kids is Speers Point Park. The park features extensive play equipment including a giant 12-metre climbing tower which leads to a 9-metre spiral slide. There are swings and slides galore as well as a double flying fox and a spider web net. Read more about Speers Point Park.
Neegulbah Park (Macquarie Hills)
There’s lots of climbing to keep older kids active at this shady park with a climbing wall, climbing ladder and climbing net. There’s also a large slide, rope spinner, lots of balancing equipment and more. Parents can sit back and watch all the action from one of the picnic tables or the sandstone block seating. Read more about Neegulbah Park.
Stevenson Park Playground (Mayfield West)
Older kids will love the climbing and balancing structures at Stevenson Park as well as the half basketball court that the playground overlooks. There are concrete paths to scooter and skate on and, if that doesn’t wear them out, bring a ball to kick on the nearby sporting field. Read more about Stevenson Park Playground.
Bridges Hill Park (Cessnock)
Bridges Hill Park is worth the extra drive. Suitable for kids of all ages, older kids will especially love the balancing equipment, rock climbing wall, enclosed slides and the tall climbing structure with an impressive metal slide. Don’t forget to pack a basketball and scooter as there is a half-sized basketball court, lots of concrete paths and play road scooting area. Make a day of your visit and have lunch at East Cessnock Bowling Club located right across the road. Read more about Bridges Hill Park.
Rose Point Park (Singleton)
With plenty of swings, including two group swings, a large climbing structure with rope nets, inground trampolines and carousel plus spinners and balancing equipment, there’s plenty to keep older kids busy here. They’ll also love the NEO360 electronic play area. There are plenty of shaded picnic tables and barbeques so be sure to pack a picnic or bbq lunch. Read more about Rose Point Park.
Pasterfield Sports Complex (Cameron Park)
With something to suit all ages, older kids will especially enjoy the huge rope climbing structure, the rope spinner and street-style skate park here. Ensure you bring balls as there are netball courts and a basketball court, which are also great for scootering on if they are not being used. Read more about Pasterfield Sports Complex.
Wallsend Park (Wallsend)
Older kids will be able to practice their Ninja Warrior climbing skills at Wallsend Park on the large rope climbing structure featuring a double-sided climbing wall. There’s also a unique spinning rope climber and a two-person seesaw which moves from side to side as well as up and down. Nearby fields to kick a ball and the skate park a short distance away, will make Wallsend Park a hit with the bigger kids. Read more about Wallsend Park.
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