The Denham Foreshore underwent a major transformation in 2016 and now includes grassed areas, picnic shelters, BBQs, a swimming pontoon, interpretive displays, toilets, plus a massive nautical themed playground.
The foreshore playground is hard to miss as you drive
down the main street of Denham. It has become a major focal point of
the small seaside town, and is definitely worth a visit (or two or three).
During our family holiday we were in the habit of walking down to the foreshore
in the afternoon and letting the kids have a play before picking up some dinner
at one of the nearby restaurants. The sunsets were amazing but it was always
too windy to have a picnic dinner.
The playground has been built from locally sourced
limestone and recycled wood from the old jetty, which gives the playground a
very unique and rustic look.
On one side of the playground which looks like the front/back of a boat, there is a large net structure with a rock and rope climbing wall. My 4 year old and 6 year old found the rock wall particularly challenging, but by the end of our holiday they had mastered it, and could climb to the top without any help.
In the middle of the playground between some large
palm trees are lots of different musical instruments, all which looked like
they have been made from recycled materials.
The eye-catching part of the playground is the large
limestone turret with a giant green covered slide. There are a few different
levels of climbing to complete to get to the top of the turret, which then
gives you access to the slide. The kids had a lot of fun going up and down,
over and over again.
At the other end of the playground, which again looks
like the front/back of a boat, is a smaller slide with a few different
sand-play equipment features. This part was a particular favourite for my toddler who
could easily get up to the slide by himself.
The playground is mostly shaded by shade sails and trees, and is fenced off from the road. The beach is right next to the playground and is protected by a small wall, so it is nice and calm, perfect for not so confident swimmers and little ones. There is also a pontoon to swim out to with some diving blocks to jump off from.
In close vicinity of the playground are toilets, barbeques, two jetties, fish cleaning station, grassed area and some nautical statues. There are also a few picnic shelters, which are almost fully enclosed to try to reduce the effect of the wind and the sun.
Across the road from the playground is the Shark Bay visitor centre, newsagency and small café. The new facilities at the Denham foreshore have made a massive improvement to the area. If you haven’t visited before or it’s been a while since your last visit, I recommend making time to check it out next time you’re in the Gascoyne region.
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Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 20th November 2017
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