Newcastle’s Best Playground- Speers Point, Lake Macquarie

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Hooray!  I took the twins to Speers Point playground and we had a fabby time!

It really is a magnificent play space.  It’s just huge with all sorts of great play equipment.

And a cafe has just opened up.  It’s called Sal’s and the number is 49081108.

Heaven!Cafe at Speers Point Speers entrance

We took lots of photos and I’ve put them together into a short but sweet video.

The best ideas for places to visit come from other parents, don’t you reckon?  I heard about Speers Park playground from a comment on this blog.

I was totally delighted to find this lovely comment from Shane on my Putney Park Playground post.

“Just wanted to share NSW’s best park (well, in my opinion anyway). Newcastle has one that puts all Sydney parks to shame.

I went there last week and was blown away by the amount of things for kids to play in/on/around.

The park is at Speers Point on Lake Macquarie and last weekend had easily over 1000 kids playing at it when we were there.

It’s FREE, suits kids of all ages from 1 year olds to teens, and for the older kids has a 9m high slide!’

Here’s what the Lake Macquarie City Council website has to say:

‘The Lake Macquarie Variety Playground (LMVP) located in Speers Point Park on the northern shores of Lake Macquarie, NSW, is designed to cater for the needs of children of all ages and all abilities, to ensure that everyone can play and interact together.’

Have a look at the website here. There are heaps of photographs and all the information you need to know is there.

Nice website Lake Macquarie City Council, lovely playground too!

The happychild website has a good review of this playground by Carol Duncan, read it here.

The playground has its own Facebook page (wow!) here.

So, I feel like packing the kids in the car right now and driving the kids straight up there! It’s well worth a look if you’re up that way!

Have you been to this excellent playground?  

Do you think there could be any better in NSW?

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18 Comments

  • Reply October 31, 2011

    Susan

    We live near Speers Point and my kids LOVE this playground. The road skills bike tracks is a favourite as well as the slide and flying fox. Great fun for kids of all ages and lots of nice park area for the adults to relax while the kids are having fun.

    • Reply November 1, 2011

      Seana

      Hi Susan, am hoping to visit the Hunter Valley sooner or later so maybe we could pop in on the way. I think my teen would love this too, he’s still good for a play and this one looks wild.

      • Reply December 13, 2011

        Seana

        And that’s just what happened… we did meet up with Susan whilst we were there.

        The cool things that come from comments!

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    Sonia

    This looks fabulous – it is such a shame that it is so far away. We have one really good park near us with a Flying fox and water for them to swim in, but those slides!!!! woooo my kids would love that! :) xx

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Jess

    This looks awesome! I wonder though if the metal would get very hot in summer? All our playgrounds in Darwin are plastic for that reason.

    Thanks for linking!

  • Reply December 14, 2011

    Lee

    Looks like a fun park for everyone. My brother lived in Newcastle for a while. Might have to send him back so we can visit this park!

    • Reply December 14, 2011

      Seana

      Great place to tuck away in a corner of your mind in case you’re passing Newcastle and need a place to exercise the children in the midst of a long journey. That worked well for us.

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Jayne

    That looks like so much fun! The girls would love it. Our house backs on to a park that was slated to be huge when first proposed, but the novelty soon wore off and already there’s been so much vandalism.

    If ever there’s a revamp, I’ll be dropping big hints to our council ;)

  • Reply February 16, 2012

    Dean

    It is a great park, we paddle across the Lake in Kayaks from Belmont, then let them go at it.

    And the bar/cafe is close by……

    • Reply February 16, 2012

      Seana

      That sounds divine, what a great way to approach the playground, and guaranteed to exhaust everyone too.

  • Reply April 11, 2012

    Pauline

    I hear the park cafe is popular but nowhere can I find the name or contact information for it. H E L P!!

    • Reply April 11, 2012

      Seana

      Hi there, am out and about with kids but have a thought which is that you call the council to ask. They perhaps awarded the concession?? Would love to get the number on this post.

      • Reply April 18, 2012

        Seana

        Pauline found the answer: Its called Sal’s (salvation army reference) and the number is 49081108.

        Will put that in the post.

        Thanks Pauline!

  • Reply June 23, 2012

    Michelle

    I am taking my son to that park today and was hoping to have his birthday there hope the sunny days sticks around for his birthday I have a son who will be 5 in a couple of more weeks I’m looking forward to the new park

  • Reply November 20, 2012

    Lifeasmummymax

    We live close by to that park the kids love it. My 3 and 5 yr old love the big slide last time we went we couldn’t get them off it.

    • Reply November 20, 2012

      Seana

      Mine loved that slide too, and I had a go or two as well, it’s thrilling. Lucky you to live close!

  • Reply December 28, 2012

    Heather

    Our grandkids absolutely loved their afternoon at this park. Cannot say enough good things about the entire production of the people who have put so much into making this park a reality. Of making it safe, and of making it accessible to all. And – for being adventurous enough to make it exciting – nearly as good as climbing a tree, like we used to do!

    • Reply December 28, 2012

      Seana

      I quite agree with the grandkids and you’ve put this really well. It’s an exciting place even for the much older kids. And their parents and grandparents. Thanks so much for your feedback, others will enjoy it too.

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