The corner of Saw Avenue and May Drive in Kings Park has been the site of a natural playground since 1974 but refurbishments in 2009 and 2014 have turned this into a beautiful natural play area with nature play features including interesting wood carvings.
The playground features an elevated fort,
tunnels and climbing rocks,
rope courses and nets,
and balancing logs and steps.
Paved pathways wind through the landscaping with little play nooks tucked away in the bush.
There is a bird's nest swing
and a universal access metal tactile maze.
Because this play area was developed with Variety WA it has been designed for the needs of children with disabilities.
There are activity boxes to keep the kids busy during your visit.
Unique seed pod and branch shaped benches and picnic tables are scattered around the play area.
Although the playground itself is not shaded there are lots of mature trees shading the lawns area. There are plenty of picnic benches and free electric barbecues available and the Saw Avenue Lawns are perfect for spreading out your picnic blankets.
This area incorporates the Variety Place Playground together with the Saw Avenue Amphitheatre, the Saw Avenue Lawns and the Variety Pavilion which can be hired out for festivities catering for up to 50 people.
Saw Avenue Picnic Area is easily accessible by taking Saw Avenue off Thomas Street, turn right at May Drive and the Kulbardi Car Park is on your right. The car park offers plenty of parking and there is overflow parking on the grass verges. Toilets are open from 8 am to 4.30 pm daily.
Just across May Drive is the Tobruk Memorial along with various other memorials. It is worth wandering over and reflecting on the losses experienced during periods of war.