If you don’t mind travelling a little further to try out a new playground or if you’re just after a change of scenery, take a drive to The Bower Reserve playground in The Bower Estate at Medowie.
This playground is every kid’s dream, comprising a large playground with a rope climbing structure, a second smaller playground, an exercise area and a half-sized netball/basketball court all connected by a wide, meandering path perfect for scooters, balance bikes or ride-ons.
The larger playground is impressive. It has all the elements of a well-designed kids play area. There is a double slide, a rock climbing wall, a spider web swing, a child and baby swing, a cubby that kids can climb up into different ways with a ‘shop’ underneath, a spiral fireman pole, a suspension bridge, monkey bars and more.
There’s also a great balance beam with log balancing steps that my three and five year old both love. Preschoolers and older kids alike will love this playground.
The huge rope climbing structure nearby will also appeal to older kids.
Just a short scooter ride away is the preschooler/younger kid’s playground. This tractor-themed playground features a slide, a climbing net and tunnel, fireman’s pole and more.
There is also a second spider web swing, a child and baby swing plus a bouncy kangaroo and bouncy echidna here.
My preschoolers enjoy this smaller playground as much as they do the larger one.
For tweens, teens and Mums and Dads there is a specific fitness area with chin up, situp and pushup equipment. This area is located behind the half-size court featuring a basketball hoop one end and netball hoop the other. It’s a beautiful setting for practising some shots so don’t forget to bring a ball.
Also ensure you take scooters, kids bikes or ride-ons, as the concrete path that weaves the playgrounds together is another drawcard.
If the kids are still not satisfied after all of the above, they can watch the adjoining new The Bower estate being built. Taking a short rest between playing and scootering, my three year old loves to watch the diggers, machines and cranes at work.
What makes The Bower Reserve so unique is the amazing metal sculptures scattered throughout and its seamless blend into the surrounding bushland environment.
The sculptures feature Australian native animals and an impressive, oversized, metal version of a paper plane.
The playground groundcover is woodchip and the many trees and large grassed areas provide a natural, peaceful setting. The serenity is occasionally disrupted by the noise of the air force jets in practice, but that just comes with the location.
When it’s time for lunch, a rest or a snack there are four large undercover picnic tables.
Unfortunately, the huge downside to this reserve is that there are no water fountains, toilets or BBQs. Considering The Bower is a new estate, I’m not sure if these important factors have, perhaps, been included in the design and are just yet to be built. [We’ll find out and update this information once we have confirmation].
In any case, you will need to ensure that the kids visit the toilet before leaving home or make the 3km trip to the public toilets located at the Medowie shopping centre.
For the above reason, I wouldn’t recommend a day out here for a mother’s group or kids’ birthday parties.
It’s also for this reason that I don’t take the kids to The Bower Reserve playground often, but when I do they consider it an absolute treat and get excited at the very mention of it.
Good to know:
Address: End of Bower Road, Medowie (off Boundary Road)
Ideal Age: All ages
Public Toilets: No
Water Fountain: No
Picnic Facilities: 4 x large, undercover picnic tables
Café Nearby: No
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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.