A flying fox is often one of the main attractions at a playground. Many older kids and adult kids-at-heart enjoy the sensation of flying through the air and the inevitable ‘bump’ at the end. Playgrounds with flying foxes can be a good choice if you have kids of varying ages. The younger ones can play on the equipment while the older kids entertain themselves on the flying fox. Here are playgrounds with flying foxes in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region.
Attunga Park (Charlestown)
A single flying fox has been installed at Attunga Park with the most recent upgrades to the play equipment. It’s wonderfully shaded and there’s heaps of other fun equipment for kids to play on including a large slide, climbing wall, climbing nets, swings and an in ground mini trampoline.
Fingal Bay Foreshore Reserve Playground (Fingal Bay)
Located on scenic Marine Drive, this playground has a great single flying fox plus plenty of equipment to suit kids of all ages including a spiderweb swing, spinner, slides and climbing equipment. There are also undercover picnic tables and it’s only a short walk to Fingal Beach.
Highbrook Park Playground (Muswellbrook)
Highbrook Park in Muswellbrook is an amazing kids park, home of the famous giant lizard slippery dip. There’s so much climbing equipment at this park to keep older kids entertained, but also swings, mazes and a bike/scooter track. The single flying fox here starts off from a platform and has a woodchip base.
Lake Macquarie Variety Playground (Speers Point)
There’s a double flying fox at this popular playground, perfect for when parents and carers want to have a flying fox race alongside the kids. Read more about Lake Macquarie Variety Playground.
Maitland Park All-Abilities Playground (Maitland)
There are two flying foxes at this large playground and one of them features an all-abilities seat with a seatbelt. Both flying foxes are low to the ground, so younger kids (approximately 5+) are able to use them with little assistance. Read more about Maitland Park All-Abilities Playground.
Poppet Head Park (Kitchener)
Poppet Head Park is a quiet, peaceful little park in a lovely bushland setting. The single flying fox is under shade, provided by shade sails and there are amenities close by.
Rathmines Park (Rathmines)
This great plane-themed park is worth the extra drive if you have an aviation fan in your family. The large, single flying fox at this park can be enjoyed while overlooking the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie. There’s playground equipment suitable for kids of all ages and an undercover bbq area with picnic tables. Read more about Rathmines Park.
Raworth Park (Raworth)
There’s a great double flying fox at Raworth Park, located on Morpeth Road at Raworth. Both flying foxes start from platforms, perfect for older kids, and have soft fall underneath. A drive to Raworth Park is a great family day out as, not only will older kids enjoy the flying foxes, but there is also a great, shaded toddler play area, undercover bbqs and a picnic table plus a large fenced dog off-leash park right next door. Read more about Raworth Park.
Rose Point Park (Singleton)
Rose Point Park has two flying foxes side by side, one has a regular flying fox seat and the other has an all-abilities seat with a seatbelt. With a softfall ramp and a woodchip landing strip, it is also beautifully shaded. Read more about Rose Point Park.
Stockton Active Hub (Stockton)
The double flying fox at Stockton Active Hub starts from a platform and is quite high off the ground, which is great for older kids (approximately 7+), but younger kids will need assistance getting on and off. It has a great artificial turf surface and it’s another flying fox that’s perfect for both kids and adults to race on. Catch the ferry over, the Stockton Active Hub is located right near the Stockton Ferry Terminal, and don’t forget your skateboards and scooters as the Active Hub includes a large skate park. Read more about Stockton Active Hub.
Taylor Park (Barnsley)
It’s not hard to see why this little park is so popular with local residents. There’s lots of great play equipment here, there’s the large, open space of the soccer field nearby and it has plenty of shade. The single flying fox at this park is accessed by a ramp from ground level and the flying fox itself is great for sitting or standing on.
Webb Park (Redhead)
The single flying fox at this beach-themed playground features a large, blue surfboard at either end. It starts from a platform and is high off the ground, so younger kids (under 7’s) might need a hand to get on and off. Located close to Redhead Beach and the Ken & Audrey Owens Walk, the park also has a bbq and plenty of shaded tables. Read more about Webb Park.
Wickham Park (Wickham)
School-aged kids will love this neat little park tucked away in Albert Street, Wickham. There is a single flying fox with a woodchip base and, once the kids tire of the flying fox, there’s a fantastic, large climbing structure that will keep them entertained for ages. Read more about Wickham Park.
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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 casually 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.