Hobart has some wonderful parks and playgrounds. We used to live nearby number 7 on the Central Hobart list – Parliament Street oval and playground in Sandy Bay. It is really well utilised and includes the best long slide in Hobart. Lots of fun for adults as well!
The playground at Long Beach in Sandy Bay is large and there can be a heap of kids running around at the same time. I was there just a few days ago while showing a family around Hobart on an orientation and property overview tour and their three children aged from 3 to 11 had a great time and were keen to come back later.
The Mercury has recently pulled together a couple of Top 10 lists for playgrounds in central Hobart and also for the suburbs a little further away from the city.
Hobart’s best playgrounds that are just right for fun in the holiday sun
There are more than 100 playgrounds and parks of all sizes in greater Hobart, providing free entertainment and the chance to get the kids active and out of the house.
As part of a new series, 10 of the best, the Mercury has created two lists — one of centrally located playgrounds and another for the suburbs.
The lists are in no particular order as different parks appeal to different families for different reasons, often depending on the ages of the children.
However, there are some features in a park that most parents find important such as fencing, shelter, toilet facilities and the availability of food and coffee nearby. Parents of young children may seek out sand pits or age-appropriate equipment while playing grounds or sports fields cater for older kids.
About 18 months ago, Hobart mother of two Megan Waugh created a Facebook page, Playgrounds in Hobart, which features photos and reviews of many of the city’s play areas.
“I had a two year old and didn’t know where to start so I decided to create a page other parents could benefit from too,” she said.
“Playgrounds are hugely important for the lifestyles of Hobart families.”
As well as keeping kids occupied for free, playgrounds also give children the chance to socialise, improve co-ordination and engage with parents outside the family home.
Ms Waugh said she would like to see more investment in local parks – and an undercover park for rainy days.
“At the moment the only options are attached to cafes or restaurants but there aren’t many of those either.”
1 Caldew Park, Hill St West Hobart
Train-themed park in bush setting. Barbecues and covered areas. Playground is fenced. Equipment may not be suitable for young children. Cafe nearby.
2 Princes Park, Battery Point
Pirate-boat themed play equipment at bottom of large established, sloping garden. Cafes nearby.
3 Soundy Park, Burnett St, North Hobart
Sport and play facilities plus barbecues and eating areas. Both playground and adjacent open grassed area are fenced.
4. Marieville Esplanade,Sandy Bay
On the foreshore overlooking the Derwent River, play equipment in fenced area adjacent to open play area.
5 Long Beach, Sandy Bay
Beachside boat-themed park with a variety of play equipment. Some may not be suitable for
toddlers. Large undercover eating area with barbecues. Adjacent to large grassed areas and playing fields. Cafes nearby.
6 Aberdeen St, Glebe
Play equipment, barbecue and undercover shelter.
7 Parliament St, Sandy Bay
Fenced dedicated play equipment and a large slide nearby. Adjacent to a sports ground. Features barbecue facilities.
8 Cascade Gardens, South Hobart
In the shadow of the historic brewery, established gardens feature playground and barbecue facilities.
9 Napoleon St, Battery Point
Quiet location overlooking the River Derwent features small playground with gently sloping grassed areas.
10 South Hobart Park, corner of Darcy and Washington streets
Large fenced playground also features barbecue facilities. Cafe nearby.
1 Simmons Park, Lindisfarne
Recently refurbished large open area, some covered barbeques, overlooking Lindisfarne Bay. Brand new equipment. Fenced areas. Nearby cafes. May not be suitable for toddlers.
2 Dru Point Reserve, Margate
Bush reserve setting, with play equipment that may not be suitable for toddlers. Sand pit, barbecues, bike tracks and dog areas. Fully fenced areas. Kiosk nearby most days.
3 Tynwald Park, Lyell Hwy, New Norfolk
Huge open leafy area by the river. Has a road track for bicycles with working traffic lights and a variety of play equipment. Walking tracks by the Derwent.
4 Blackmans Bay Beach
Small playground close to the beach. Features a barbecue and picnic table.
5 Taroona Beach Park
Beachside park with slides, swings, climbing structure and covered barbecue area and tables.
6 Batchelor Way, Nubeena and Taroona crescents, Taroona
Cubby houses, and play equipment including a toddler swing and a dinghy. The playground is fenced. Bakery nearby.
7 Dodges Ferry Beach Park
Pirate-boat themed park near the beach.
8 Cornelian Bay
By the foreshore with barbecue facilities, play equipment and sometimes ducks. Kiosk nearby.
9 Waterworks Reserve, Dynnyrne
Overlooking Hobart’s water reservoirs. A native bush setting with wide open spaces, and some fenced play areas. Barbeque and picnic sites available. Bookings necessary for some sites, phone 6238 2886.
10 Tolosa Park, Glenorchy
Large park situated around the Glenorchy reservoir with areas for bikes and ball games plus play equipment. Phone 6274 0747 to book a barbeque hut.