When your kid’s begin to gasp as you drive into the car park, you know it must be a good playground. Kilaben Bay Reserve Playground is a climbers haven that’s for sure, with a web of obstacle type nets to explore. My kids jumped out of the car and headed straight for the big swing. Considering the Aboriginal meaning of the name ‘killibinbin’ is bright and shiny, this playground was the opposite. Perfectly shaded, it would definitely be an ideal playground to visit over the warmer months.
Getting to Kilaben Bay Reserve playground
The Kilaben Bay turn off is just past Toronto if you’re coming from Speers Point way. Turn off Wangi Road on to Ridge Road. Stay on Ridge Road until you come to Warruga Street where you turn left. Follow Warruga Street to the end and turn left again onto Kilaben Road. Kilaben Bay Reserve playground is about 500m on the right-hand side of Kilaben Road. Easy peasy!
Kilaben Bay playground equipment
Your kids will love the round swing which allows them to swing together. There are also two single swings, one which is toddler safe. A short climb up to the fort will make a fast descent back down the dual yellow slide. Kids can walk the wonky bridge, climb the monkey bars, and jump across the elevated stepping stones to race through the obstacle course. Then they can make their way up to the top of the climbing towers and move along the ropes.
Park, BBQ & picnic
Whilst the space isn’t massive, this reserve does offer ample grassy spots for a picnic rug and chairs. There are also plenty of tables and bench seats around the playground for families. On the other side of the park, you’ll find a larger grassed area and covered BBQ facilities with seating. These are positioned close to the water’s edge. Up the back of the grassed area are toilets as well, so you’ll find everything you need for an outing.
Kilaben Bay public wharf
We love our Lake Mac jetty’s with all their charm, and this one is simply gorgeous. My daughter talked of jumping in the water with her friends on a hot day and climbing up the ladder. While my son and I talked about sitting on the jetty and fishing. You definitely get a different perspective from the jetty, as waterfront living is part of the lifestyle of western Lake Macquarie. Every waterfront property has its own jetty. The atmosphere is very peaceful and extremely relaxing.
Exploring western Lake Macquarie
We love the western side of Lake Macquarie with its gorgeous lifestyle and welcoming community. Lake Macquarie sure does have some amazing places to visit. If you’d like to explore more of Lake Mac, head to our Out & About section. If walks are more your thing, we have reviewed quite a few awesome walking trails. Check them out here: family walks.