Leagues Club Park in Gosford has recently opened and it’s a destination to visit. This $10 million project by Hunter & Central Coast Development Corporation has transformed this waterfront Crown Land area into a family-friendly regional park.
It’s unlike any play space we’ve seen and incorporates the tides of Brisbane Water into its design. This nature-themed play area is remarkable and though it’s located on the Central Coast, we still recommend it for a visit.
As you approach the playground, you’ll immediately spot the large three black towers of the playground.
These are the “play pods” which encourage free play. These will be a favourite with intrepid kids who love to climb and explore.
Within the three play pods, there are rope ladders, climbing nets, platforms and rope tunnels that connects one pod to another.
Due to the slat-like appearance of the pod, you can spot your kids through the pod but dress them brightly in distinctive colours so you can easily see them.
Kids can climb to the top of the highest pod and then slide down the spiral slide. The cool thing about this slide actually goes through the hill and kids pop out at the bottom.
For younger kids, there is a smaller wide slide that they can go down.
Around these pods is a nature play area with logs and sandstone blocks that kids can climb all over. This area is covered by a large sailcloth.
Nearby is a horizontal climbing frame suspended from logs. This is a hit with kids who can cling on it, climb through it or even over it.
This is not a regular playground. You won’t find swings, a see saw or a roundabout. Instead it’s a large nature play area that will thrill kids who like to explore and discover different things.
For this reason, it’s called the Wild Play area and parents and caregivers are asked to supervise their kids.
Nearby you’ll find the Tidal Terrace area. The Tidal Terrace is an aquatic play area so bring swimmers or a change of clothes for kids as they will get wet.
Parents and caregivers can sit nearby on the sandstone stairs.
As it’s a tidal pool, the depth of the pool varies depending on the tide as water flows in from Brisbane Waters.
Within the Tidal Terrace, you can see outlines of various sandstone animals including a dolphin, stingray and turtle which act as islands. There’s lots of information about various animals and indigenous history on the Tidal Terrace sign.
The islands recede and expand as the tide rises and falls.
Among the Tidal Terrace, you can also see a submerged boat replica which kids love to sit in. In low tide, the area becomes a sand play area. There are also timber platforms within the tidal area which represent the canoes that once populated the bay
The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council provided input into the design of the park and its evident in the cultural gathering place marked out. Within the Tidal Terrace, you’ll spot cultural poles.
The poles are part of an artwork by a local indigenous artist. The colours and symbols on the poles represent different Aboriginal nations and Country. At the top of the poles, you’ll spot hand stencils.
Past the tidal area is a large green lawn space in front of the Leagues club known as Ray Maher Field. Bring a ball and kick it around or let the kids just run around.
You’ll also find public toilets here as well as picnic shelters and barbecues and outdoor fitness equipment.
Good to Know
Address: Gosford Leagues Club Park is located on A49 with acecsss via Dane Drive or Vaughan Avenue.
Ideal Age: All ages. Smaller kids will like the sand and water play area (please supervise) while older kids will enjoy the climbing structures.
Bring: A change of clothes, swimmers and towels.
Public Toilets: Yes including accessible toilets.
Water Fountain: Yes.
Picnic Facilities: Covered picnic shelters.
Parking: There is 4P parking near the park on Vaughn Avenue however it does get really busy.
Public Transport: Leagues Club Park is a 10-minute walk from Gosford train station if you want to take the train down to Gosford.
Accessibility: There is wheelchair parking close to the park. There are accessible toilets and a ramp down Tidal Terrace area. There is a wide accessible path around the park.
Nearby Cafe: Pick up a coffee or snacks at South End Social cafe on Mann Street or stop in for food at the Central Coast Leagues Club.
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