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Best Hobart Parks

by Stephanie Williams
Best Hobart Parks

It’s a given that most people know a park or two in their local area, and might have a favourite they travel to to mix it up, but if your park game is feeling stale, check out our wrap up of some of the best parks in Hobart.

The Train Park in West Hobart is pretty well known these days, even Princess Mary spends time there when she visits. But the popular park pretty much has it all – fun equipment for a range of ages, a bike track, barbecue facilities, toilets and a fence all the way around. It can get a bit hectic if there are a couple of kids parties on, but the park seems to absorb the numbers well. Grab a takeaway coffee on the way at nearby Lansdowne Cafe.

John Doggett Park, also in West Hobart was upgraded late last year and now boasts a huge weblike climbing gym and equally impressive slide, new swings, jumping drums, barbecue and the nearby skate bowl. Make sure you’re ready to scale the web to retrieve any toddlers who like to climb higher than their ability!

Bellerive Beach Park is an all abilities playground, featuring two big towers linked by a rope access bridge (enclosed of course!). The towers feature a wheelchair access ramp, three slides, and lots of fun play panels. There’s also a cool water pump with a dam wall that kids seem to band together to use. There are barbecues there, or grab a takeaway at the Hurricanes Cafe nearby at Blundstone Arena.

Simmons Park on the waterfront at Lindisfarne is loved by all ages and abilities – there’s a disability access swing, exercise equipment, shaded barbecue area, toilets nearby and all surrounded by a fence. You can take dogs to the park too but they’re not allowed within 10 metres of the play equipment.

Tolosa Park in Glenorchy is huge and boasts lots of huts of all different sizes that you can book for parties or wet days (when you still want to be outdoors), as well as nearby mountain bike tracks, play equipment and a huge criterion track for bike riders.

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