Out and About
Honey Possum and Discovery Parks with Pitstop Playground
Updated: Apr 14, 2020
We discovered not one but two amazing parks in the northern suburbs. Discovery Park in Banksia Grove is a massive green space with lots of features. A stream runs along the western perimeter with several bridges crossing over it and picnic benches and barbecues alongside it. The best part about this shallow stream is the rocks.......conveniently placed for the kids to cross over the stream, wade through the stream or just wander along the path or grassed areas alongside it. I can imagine kids having hours of fun exploring.
Where the stream runs into the lake there is a massive amphitheater area with plenty of green space for playing a game of football or cricket. There are shelters, picnic benches and barbecues here as well. There are interesting grassy paths running off this central area connecting to the paved pathway that runs around the circumference of the park. There are small bushy areas and several dirt tracks interspersed around the grassed areas so kids can explore these for birds and insects.
The Mungitj Bushland Trail runs through the centre of the Park and has signage and artwork describing the seasonal movement of the Nyoongar people. This path is fully paved and nice and wide so easy for kids on bikes or scooters or for mums with prams to navigate. We are in Banksia Grove and there are a wide variety of Banksia trees in the bush. I always love the way a single Banksia tree can exude so much character through the pods it carries and their various stages of development.
At the top end of Discovery Park is the Pitstop Playground which is based on a race track and has a massive road track for kids to ride bikes and scooters. It also has slides and spiderweb climbing frames.
Tucked behind the water feature next to Pitstop Playground is a little piece of bush with little fairy homes.
Cross Grandis Boulevard on the northern perimeter of Discover y Park and you will walk seamlessly into Honey Possum Park. Another large park area with paved pathways running through the bush with impressive banksias on display.
There are many entrance points to both parks. Those emerging from suburban streets are gated but if you park in the bays on the western side along Botanic Avenue near Pitstop Playground access to the park is open.
There are no toilets at this park. The stream and the lake are unfenced and present a water hazard.
We really enjoyed discovering this park, which we pretty much had all to ourselves, as there were lots of different environments to enjoy.
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