We love to discover the best playgrounds across Australia! In the heart of agricultural south-west NSW, Griffith has fully developed City Park and built a playspace that caters to all ages!
City Park was opened in 2011 after its $1.8 million redevelopment that includes something for all ages.
It wasn’t long after our arrival in Leeton that we started to hear of a fantastic new playground in Griffith. Griffith is a larger town about forty-five minutes away from Leeton, and I worked here for a while in 1997. It was an easy decision to make the trip along familiar country roads (mostly straight, two curves and one turn-off) to Griffith explore City Park.
One end of the space is dedicated to a variety of exercise equipment for adults, although our girls enjoy playing on it too!
Griffith boasts that this pyramid is the biggest rope-climbing structure in the southern hemisphere.
A large metal slide means the kids can come down much quicker than they went up!
A second slide provides another quick exit from the frame, making this a great structure for chasing games. Although it looks great, I'm not metal is a great material for a slide in our hot Australian climate.
The twin, 30-metre flying foxes are designed for older kids, and our girls can't quite reach high enough to pull them all the way back for a second ride.
The estate of Ian Todd has paid for this bronze horse as well the installation of a sandstone water trough, water hand pump, and a metal silhouette of horses in City Park.
A variety of textures underfoot and with play areas connected by footpaths and little bridges make this a terrific playground to explore. Two years on from its construction, the trees are starting to grow tall, and in a couple more years this whole playground will be well shaded — naturally!
The best equipment at this park is definitely the skysurf. While we were parked overnight alongside the playground, I could hear teenagers happily playing on the skysurf for hours! This is the first time we’ve seen one, and although it’s designed for older kids, we all tried it out.
The skysurf mimics the feeling of windsurfing by sending one rider (the "surfer") up in the air as the other person propels them with a quick take-off.
The ride is cantilevered so each side goes up and down, which means that both riders get a turn soaring through the air!
Later, I spy an opportunist with a metal detector going over the playground for fallen coins and jewellery.
There’s also a water playground designed for toddlers and younger children. Our girls played for a while, but they really still consider the water too chilly for full enjoyment.
Further along, a splashpad provides waterplay for kids who want to be outside in one of the hottest parts of the state.
A helpful local pointed out the ON button to us. The water comes on for a set time (twenty minutes, perhaps?) after the red button in the middle of the flower pedestal is touched.
Calista is most intrigued by the way the water comes out of this circular spout. She experiments with hiding inside its wall of water and directing the water away from her.
It's sometimes hard to predict when the bucket will tip over, and Cali gets a fright when the water starts to fall.
Many of the water features remind me of the typical backyard sprinkler.
A full-fenced, more traditional playground set up in the shape of a ship is further along in City Park. While Lana enjoyed climbing on the equipment, her older sisters preferred playing in the other sections, and so that ultimately detracted from her enjoyment.
We appreciate the different climbing options available at this playground!
The plastic slides mean that these will still be fun on a hot day.
The different platform levels encourage extra climbing — always a good thing for young children!
A t-bar on a chain encourages children to bang against the poles which are a gradient of thicknesses to provide a range of different tones.
Lana likes the little bridges best of all. We like to all pretend there is a troll under the bridge with the girls playing the roles of the goats wanting to cross.
To the side of the playground, carved sandstone is used for the picnic tables, one of which looks like it has an undulating tablecloth hanging over it.
A number of large tree trunks, painted to look like giant pencils, provide another uneven surface for balancing. I like the variety of materials used in this playground, even though the majority of it appears to be plastic.
Truly, this park with its different sets of play spaces makes Griffith an essential stop for travellers going inland in NSW. Griffith is only 1 hour off the main Newell Highway that heads towards Melbourne, and if other travelling families want a terrific place to stop and play, this is it! As an RV-friendly town, with a dedicated over-nighting area nearby (Willow Park) and this fantastic playground, I hope more families come and visit Griffith as part of their exploration of NSW!