There’s loads of fun playgrounds in the Newcastle 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 10 fun playgrounds for older kids.

Stockton Active Hub (Stockton)

With great play equipment and skate facilities plus fantastic harbour views of Newcastle, the Stockton Active Hub is a favourite with both kids and adults. Older kids will appreciate the tower as well as the flying foxes.Full review.

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. Full review.

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!  Full review.

Wickham Park (Wickham)

A large climbing frame and a flying fox make this park best suited to older kids. Full review.

Tourle Street Park (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. Full review.

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. Full review.

Blackbutt Adventure Park (New Lambton)

Blackbutt Adventure Playground Newcastle

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. Full review.

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. Full review.

Toronto Foreshore (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! Full review.

Smith Park (Hamilton North)

Smith Park Playground Hamilton

Drop by Smith Park in Hamilton North. It’s fantastic for adventurous kids – basically a Ninja Warrior kids playground. There’s loads of things to climb up, balance on and dangle from. Full review.

Speers Point Park (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. Full review

Are there any other parks that you can recommend that we should add to this list?

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