6 Playgrounds with a Transport Theme in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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Do you have, or know of, a little train, plane, ship or rocket-lover? You’ll make their day (and go straight to the top of their favourite person list) by taking them to one of these great transport-themed parks in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter.

Honeysuckle Park (Honeysuckle)

Honeysuckle Park

This recently completed, marine-themed playground is a hit with preschoolers and younger school-aged kids. The large, timber pirate ship features a slide, climbing nets, rope bridge and a ‘below deck’ hiding area, allowing for hours of physical and imaginative play. For toddlers and younger kids, not confident with climbing, there’s a smaller boat positioned on the soft fall surface that they can hop in and out of and ‘steer’ using the timber wheel. When the kids are on the lookout for land or pirates, both boats have a set of binoculars. Completing the marine theme is a cute, timber dolphin bouncy. Honeysuckle Park is shaded by shade sails and has plenty of seating. There is also an undercover bbq area with picnic tables. Read more about Honeysuckle Park.

Jesmond Park (Jesmond)

Jesmond Park Playground

The playground at the back of Jesmond Park has a great play train that little ones can climb on, around and through. It is suitable for a number of kids to play on at once, allowing for plenty of imaginative and collaborative play. Sit back and enjoy watching the kids take turns being the train driver, the passengers and helping each other in, out and through the tunnel which forms the train’s engine. There’s other great play equipment at this playground, suitable for toddlers to older kids, including a circular swing set, a balance course and a small climbing frame that spins. There are also undercover bbqs and picnic tables. Read more about Jesmond Park.

Rathmines Park (Rathmines)

Rathmines Park
Rathmines Park

If you have a little aviation fan, it’s worth the extra drive to this plane-themed playground at Rathmines Park. The park was once home to the RAAF Catalina Flying Boat Base and features lots of themed equipment suitable for all ages. For babies and toddlers, there’s a baby swing, a plane-shaped bouncy and a climbing structure. Preschoolers will also enjoy the climbing structure as well as the larger plane that they can climb into and through. Older kids will love the flying fox and learning all about the size of the Catalina Flying Boat from the signs located around the perimeter of the park. Read more about Rathmines Park.

Foreshore Park (Newcastle East)

The pretend train is the main drawcard for little ones at Foreshore Park. Able to accommodate many children at once, Engine No.73 and its carriage can be climbed on, over, around and through. Continue the train-themed outing by taking the kids for a play under the historical Railway Carriage Sheds nearby. Read more about Foreshore Park.

Rose Point Park (Singleton)

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… blast off to Rose Point Park in Singleton. It’s huge and little ones will especially love the rocket-themed playground located at the back of the park. The huge climbing structure here is in the shape of a brightly-coloured rocket ship. It has rock walls, rope nets, a fireman’s pole and a huge slide that goes all the way from the top of the rocket ship to the ground. With plenty of shaded tables, bbqs and a ton of play equipment, including the super-cool NEOS 360 active play structure, Rose Point Park is worth the extra drive. Read more about Rose Point Park.

Thomas H Halton Park (Croudace Bay)

Ahoy Matey! The centrepiece of this fully-fenced playground, and the attraction you’ll notice right away, is the massive pirate ship. The design of the pirate ship is ingenious with ramps, slides and ladders making it fun for kids to get up and down from it. There is also plenty of space underneath for kids to play (or hide) and if you look down from the deck of the ship, you’ll notice rope tunnels, a flat climbing net and lots of portholes to peer out on the world. The park also includes a water play area and other ‘play zones’ including a toddler area. Read more about Thomas H Halton Park.

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