We love discovering different play areas! Our stop at one of Tasmania’s favourite national parks gave the girls the opportunity to play at a unique playground that is quintessentially Australian with a distinct bush flavour.

Mount Field National Park is the location of interesting bushwalks, ski fields and a terrific camping ground. Amenities include hot showers, an equipped laundry and well-marked camp-sites. After checking it all out, we headed over to the playground for some fun.

Mount Field National Park, December 2012
With Mount Field just an hour's drive from Hobart, it's a great location for a day outing for those who want a break from small-city life.

Mount Field National Park, December 2012
The playground is off to the side of the visitor centre and surrounded by shelters with electric barbecues and fireplaces — a very pleasant place for a picnic!

Delaney at the Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
Dell's favourite still remains the swing. She loves me giving her "under-dogs" to crazy heights.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
A large echidna acts as a climbing structure as well as kind of abacus. The rocks on its back can be moved back and forth.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
The paths around the playground vary from solid cement to wooden bridges and rock stepping stones.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
Other structures mimic native animals, like this pedaller.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
The duck's webbed feet are made from recycled tyres.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
In our girls' game, a potoroo is temporarily a car for Brioni who is escorting Calista to prison.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
The face is carved and painted into the wood.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
Recycled tyres are tucked and folded into a realistic nose.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
The tail is separate rounds of wood that together allow movement.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
The playground's fort is built on natural timber piers with colours that blend into the national park's scenery.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
Brioni steps down the wooden ramp that leads to the platform.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
A large hollow log is a climbing structure as a well as a cubby. Holes in the wood give peekers a view inside.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
Dell goes to one end to look for a hiding sister.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
The round monkey bars are held up by old tree trunks. I like the use of natural and recycled materials in a setting like this. It fits nicely.

Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
There are plenty of interesting bugs around the playground to keep us interested, although I quickly run out of identifying names.

Our girls eating ice cream at the Playground at Mount Field National Park, December 2012
This park is the perfect place to finish off a tub of fruit sorbet... and then run off the energy!

This is such a great playground. There’s a great combination of obvious and open-ended structures to give children’s imaginations a kick-start. I love the creativity of the design and the clever integration of Australian creatures into the landscape. This is now one of our favourite playgrounds, and we haven’t even spent time exploring its gorgeous, natural surrounds!