For many children in the VI Family Network, vision impairment is not their only challenge, and finding an accessible, safe, fun place to play can be difficult.

Playground

Fortunately, more and more councils across Australia are creating play spaces with inclusion as their focus. Exciting sensory playgrounds with sand play and water play, tactile games, musical instruments and wind chimes. Play equipment with full wheelchair access, and spaces with quiet zones for kids who might need a break from all the noise and hullabaloo.

We’ve compiled a list of just a few of the sensory playgrounds across Australia. To learn more about inclusive play spaces that might suit your needs, contact your local council.

 

NSW

Waitara Park, Hornsby

Newly opened and fully fenced with a range of play equipment, from musical flowers to inclusive swings and spinners, for kids of all ages and different abilities.

Click here for more about Waitara Park

 

Livvi’s Place, Bankstown City Gardens, Bankstown

Based on a philosophy of “Can I get there? Can I play? Can I stay?”, this playground opened in 2018 and features a sensory garden complete with sculpture park and tactile artwork, and a wheelchair accessible sandpit.

Click here for more about Livvi’s Place

 

Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills

The Sensory Trail is wheelchair friendly and children are encouraged to touch and feel the bark of different trees, and to use their senses to experience the forest around them. Braille books are available on site by prior arrangement.

Click here for more about the Sensory Trail

 

QUEENSLAND

City Botanic Gardens Playground, Brisbane

With areas for sand play and musical play, sculpture gardens and accessible swings, wheelchair access and quiet zones, Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens Playground caters for children of different abilities and interests.

Click here for more about the City Botanic Gardens Playground

 

Gladstone Lions Park  

This park has a strong focus on sensory engagement and is divided into separate sections, each of which focuses on a different sense. There’s a sensory touch wall, adventure play area, water play, and a ‘cosy dome’ where kids can go when they need to feel calm.

Click here for more about Gladstone Lions Park

 

VICTORIA

Wombat Bend, Templestowe

A sensory activity playground with equipment that makes noises when stepped on or played with. There is also sand play, and a maze.

Click here for more about Wombat Bend

 

Bollygum Adventure Playground, Kinglake

Based around the book, “Bollygum” by Garry Flemming, this playground has carved murals for little fingers to explore, and lots of unusual equipment to make sounds.

Click here for more about Bollygum

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground, Marion, Adelaide

With water garden and sandpit, wheelchair accessibility and quiet spaces, the playground incorporates the principles of inclusive play for children with mobility issues, vision and hearing impairments, and autism.

Click here for more about the Hendrie Street Reserve Playground

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Yokine Playground, Yokine

Set in bushland, this playground incorporates musical play features, a sensory trail, a bubbling water feature, and an area for sand play.

Click here for more about Yorkine Playground

 

ACT

Boundless, Kings Park, Parkes

Canberra’s first all-abilities, inclusive playground.

Click here for more about Boundless

 

Photo above is courtesy of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, North Rocks, Sydney.