Out and About
Piney Lakes Sensory Play Park
We first visited this amazing play space late in 2017 and it was my first blog! Finding ourselves in the area we decided to revisit the various trails attached to Piney Lakes Reserve and were delighted to find them just as memorable as the first time!
The Sensory Play Park is a discovery in itself! This all abilities, inclusive playground features many artworks and sculptural elements including the letters in the word SENSORY which are out to play, scattered throughout the playground, waiting to be discovered. There are hidden creatures, etchings, a labyrinth with coloured peepholes and speaker phones for three way conversations and even a sign language welcome sign.
The playground features wide paths, high paths, ramps and bridges allowing wheelchair access around the site. The orange ring obstacle course is an all time favourite. Naturally shaded by mature trees the play space gardens feature different colours, textures and smells and include a perennial herb garden. Tucked away are quieter spaces such as the story chair nook with pirates map and the climbing frame for older kids within an amphitheatre.
There are multiple swings including a basket swing and supported swing and an accessible roundabout.
The central lighthouse featuring artwork by Brenton See is surrounded by a balance seesaw disguised as a plane, a turtle dome and water and sand play areas with accessible play tables.
Outside the play space are barbecues and wheelchair accessible picnic tables and drink fountain. The public toilets are also fully accessible with adult change tables and stunning murals on the inside. This area adjoins a beautiful lake and you can enjoy paved walking trails around the lake and up to the stunning little waterfall. Note that the play space is not fenced. Dogs are permitted within Piney Lakes Reserve and there are allocated on lead (play park) and off lead areas. Dogs are not permitted within the bush areas off lead. There is lots of parking near the Piney Lakes Sensory Play Park off Murdoch Drive in Winthrop.
Also located within Piney Lakes Reserve are several short walking trails in the adjoining bushland. The trails intersect so you can explore the Wetland Walk, the Sculpture Trail, Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women’s Trail, the Climate Watch Trail, the Piney Lakes StoryMap all at the same time. There is also a Piney Lakes Play Trail which you can interact with on the Play Trails app. For more information on these trails head to the Piney Lake Wetland Trail, Sculpture Trail and other walks blog.
In the spirit of reconciliation Out and About- Family Nature Connection acknowledges the traditional owners of the Wadjak boodjar (Perth land) and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
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