The playground at Shirley Strickland Reserve in Ardross has had a much-needed makeover, and it looks fantastic! We went and had a look just after the playground opened, and there’s lots to love about the new play space and facilities.

The main feature is a set of connected two-storey towers with a long enclosed slide looking out to the sports fields. It’s quite a tricky climb to the top so it’s probably more suited to kids 5 and over but, with a bit of help from an adult, brave younger ones may enjoy it too.

Other than the main structure, there’s plenty of low-lying nature-inspired play equipment to choose from including stepping stones, totem poles, balance beams and rustic tee pee. There’s also a short double concrete slide for the little ones to play on.

There are no shade sails, but the natural shade cover provided by the established trees does a good job keeping the sun off the majority of the play space.

To the right of the nature playground is a set of three swings – one basket swing and two traditional style swings. For the older kids, there’s also a half-court basketball area with bench seating for spectators.

For families wanting to stay for a while and make the most of the facilities, there are four gas BBQs available with picnic tables nearby that have a great view of the entire play area and sports field.

In the pavilion itself, there are public toilets and changing facilities, plus on community sport days on the weekends, the canteen area is often open, offering basic hot food options, snacks and cold drinks so come down and support the local sporting clubs.

Shirley Strickland Reserve really is a wonderful destination that brings families and the wider community together so if you haven’t already, make sure to put it on your to-visit list!


Essential Info

Fenced? No

Toilets? Yes 

Picnic tables? Yes

BBQs? Yes

Nearest coffee: Several cafes in Riseley St precinct

Location: 100 Coogee Road, Ardross

To read more local playground reviews, check out our Parks & Playgrounds blog section.

Melville Mums
Author: Melville Mums