For some time now, Adventure Girl and I have been celebrating the end of the week by going somewhere new, having lunch and an explore. While we’ve been to the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden before for an hour’s walk around the paved loop track, I really wasn’t up for pushing her pram up the quite steep hills (come to think of it, I wasn’t up for it the first time either!). We decided instead to check out the playground we passed on our walk the time before and had a wonderful time looking at the swamp wallaby (and her joey) along with enjoying the outdoors.
The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens are located on Mona Vale road, quite close to St Ives. There’s ample parking 3 minutes walk from the playground marked as Lambert’s Clearing Picnic Area. There’s bathroom and BBQ facilities along with a covered seating area that can be booked for parties.
Pregnancy Rating: 3.5 – The play area isn’t enclosed so there is the possibility for needing to run after children, but there’s also plenty to children entertained and tables to sit at. The walk from the car park isn’t too strenuous and can easily be accomplished while pushing a pram.
*warning: please be aware that the loop track (taking about an hour) is considered wheelchair friendly and is marked easy. When I did this in the early stages of pregnancy I was exhausted by the steep bits and did find the walk much harder than anticipated. It was doable but only just.
Toddler Rating: 3.5 – Adventure Girl rather enjoyed her outing but the bark chip playground was used a bit like a sandpit (sigh) and the play equipment soon got crowded with bigger kids. There is quite a lot to explore though and given a carer with more energy she could have stayed much longer.
Older Kid Rating: 5 – The bike paths are great, along with quite a lot to explore and enjoy.