The playground at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens is set amongst tropical gardens. It has a nature play feel with a large 3 storey tree house with a small slide built around a large tree which overlooks the playground and gardens. The slide is suitable for toddlers, however you will need to watch them carefully on the treehouse climbing structure/ladders.
There are no swings or traditional playground apparatus apart from a few rockers and spinners scattered throughout the play area. It is the nature play opportunities that is the major drawcard to the park and probably what the kids will enjoy the most.
There is lots of room to explore, create, play and be kids. Whether it be exploring the palm jungle or bamboo trail, rolling down the grassy hill, digging and building in the sand castle beach, exploring in the plant maze, playing in the concrete tunnel, floating leaves down the creek or rock hopping around the creek….the opportunities are endless.
The playground is fully fenced, however gates remain open, so parents of young children will need to watch them closely. The playground has water running throughout the creek during the wet season which the kids can float leaves down. This is often dry during the dry season, however a pond with rocks can be explored just outside the play area.
There are plenty of shady spots and tables to set up and have a picnic or you can enjoy a coffee or meal at Eva’s Cafe located next to the play area. The cafe is open from 7am – 3pm daily and overlooks the beautiful garden under shady trees.