Hardcastle Park, Landsdale
Located in family-friendly Landsdale, Hardcastle Park is a delightful new playground for kids of all ages. Featuring nature play, tradition play equipment and a picnic space, it’s a great space to hang out with the family.
On arriving, I was first struck by the large grassed area. This is perfect for throwing down a picnic blanket, kicking a ball around or playing with the family dog. We saw both occur during our visit.
Miss 6 was immediately drawn to the traditional play equipment. This features climbing ladders, a rock climbing wall and a rope ladder to scale. Miss 6 enjoyed the slide, which is perfect for toddlers to junior primary age kids.
The base of this tradition equipment has a few games and puzzles to keep younger children amused, in addition to a spring rocker shaped like a snake and a chalk board for drawing. No chalk is supplied, so it’s worth bringing some from home if you have a child who loves to draw.
The base of this part of the playground is soft sand. Many kids were happy to just build sandcastles underneath the playground. So it may be worthwhile bringing along a bucket and spade or diggers if your child loves to dig and build too.
There is also a small shop front. Perfect for imaginative play. Miss 6 was pretending to sell sandwiches!
Adjacent to this more tradition equipment is the swing set. This includes two regular swings as well as a basket swing. These were hugely popular with all the kids the day we visited.
Beyond the swings, we discovered more of a nature play area. This features logs for balancing and jumping between. A pathway weaves between the logs, and would be great for practicing riding scooters or roller skates for example. The path is very smooth and is adorned with a snake and a gecko, in addition to lizard footprints.
A covered picnic table is set up between the swings and the sandy area, there are a number of seats available, and shade sails cover the majority of the play area. These shade sails compliment the trees planted adjacent to the playground which will eventually add more shade and shelter. As a parent, I appreciate these thoughtful additions.
At the time of writing this, Hardcastle Park doesn’t have toilets or bins available. So with this in mind, be prepared to take rubbish home with you. If you have a little one who is toilet training, this may be a park for short visits only. The nearest public loo is a short drive away at Kingsway Regional Playground (aka Dinosaur Park) or Warradale Park.
The park is adjacent to busy Landsdale Road and is not completely fenced. If you have a child like mine who is prone to running off it may be best to keep them close.
Overall though, the positives outweigh the negatives. My child played happily at Hardcastle Park for over an hour and didn’t want to leave when the time came. She enjoyed the swings, the slide and running around on the grass with her friend the most, and we are sure to make another visit soon.
Hardcastle Park, Landsale
39 Hardcastle Avenue, Landsdale, near the corner of Landsdale Road and Rennes Lane.
A small amount of verge parking is available on Rennes Lane.
If you find yourself in need of refreshment, we found Haystack Cafe in Wangara. This is a short driveaway, around 5 to 7 minutes. The cafe includes a children’s play corner and delicious Balinese food in addition to family favourites.
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