Whites Hill Reserve | Exploration Playground in Camp Hill
Whites Hill Reserve in Camp Hill is a 171-hectare nature and sport recreation reserve with walking tracks, lookouts, playing fields, picnic areas and a very impressive playground.
Whites Hill Reserve Park – The Fun
The fully fenced ‘exploration’ playground at Whites Hill Reserve is huge with a great layout that includes a wide variety of play equipment suitable for Brisbane Kids of all ages and abilities. Little explorers will enjoy digging in the sand on the stationery diggers or bouncy on the rockers and spinning in the bucket seat. The sensory section will keep little hands busy as they twist, spin and bang on equipment including drums and two pipe instruments. Two small slides built into a hill provide climbing and sliding opportunities for those too small to scale the climbing net. The swing set has two standard seats, baby seat and support seat and there are separate birds nest and hammock swings.
For older children who love to fly through the air there is a 35m double flying fox where they can race their friends to the finish line. One of the most popular sections of the playground is the large angled rotating disk where children can spin 360°. In the centre of the playground is the climbing net that leads up to a crow’s nest with a large slide to zoom down the other side. Next to the sensory area there is a small nature trail with stepping-stones to jump between. The water play system has multi-level troughs, bowls and funnels but unfortunately there was no water connected when we were there. This didn’t stop children filling it with sand, twigs and leaves. The other two long troughs with water and sand in them looked a little murky and were mostly ignored by the children. Scooters, bikes and trikes can be put to good use on the network of paths throughout the playground and there’s a cool bike run with speed bumps to roll over.
Covered picnic tables and barbeques make it a great location for lunch or a party, although you need to get there early to secure a spot. There are bench seats, low platforms and walls as well as grassy areas throughout the playground so there are plenty of places to rest or have a snack. It’s worth noting that the conveniently located café across the road makes good coffee.
Outside the playground there is a large open space known as ‘The Common’ where children can run, kick a ball or fly a kite. The separate exercise area near the playground is well equipped and there are several sports fields and a dog park within the reserve. For nature lovers, Whites Hill Reserve is a bushland remnant with open eucalypt forest and a small patch of rainforest. There are 13 easy to moderate walking tracks including the popular Sankey’s Mountain Summit (50 minute walk) and the Whites Hills Summit (30 minute walk); both offer beautiful views from the summits.
Brisbane Kids are spoilt for choice at Whites Hill Reserve with every section of the playground offering a different play experience. From scaling the climbing net like it’s a ship’s sail to reach to crow’s nest to keep a look out for pirates or flying across hot lava on the flying fox. Children can make mud pies in the water play ‘factory’ and dig for treasure in the sand pit. The nature trail is a great place to search for leaves and twigs and rocks to make nature inspired art.
Special Needs Factor at Whites Hill Reserve
Whites Hill Reserve playground is all-inclusive with many options for people with a variety of abilities. There are pathways weaving in and around the playground providing wheelchair and pram access. The Sway Fun Glider is wheelchair accessible with room for two wheelchairs as well two large benches for other passengers. Brisbane Kids will love rocking the glider back and forth gathering speed as they go. The swing set has a support seat and there is a bird’s nest swing plus a cool hammock swing to relax in. All sensory equipment is at a low level allowing easy access. Most of the walking tracks throughout the reserve are suitable for wheelchairs. Two disabled parking spaces are provided next to the playground along with accessible toilets.
Whites Hill Reserve – The Facts
- Fully-fenced playground, partly sheltered by shade sails
- Soft fall, wood chip and sand base
- Toilets, including accessible toilet and adult change facilities
- 3 slides
- Double flying fox
- Bouncy rockers
- Stationary diggers
- Crow’s nest
- Climbing net
- Spinning equipment
- Swings, including support seat
- Birds nest swing & hammock swing
- Sway Fun Glider
- Mini nature exploration trail
- Sensory play with musical instruments
- Water play equipment
- Bike run with speed bumps
- Electric barbecues
- Walking and bike tracks
- Exercise equipment
- Cricket field
- Touch football field
- Soccer field
- Dog park
- Car park
Whites Hill Reserve is located on Boundary Road, Camp Hill.