Here, you can speak with the friendly staff, utilise one of the ‘quiet spaces’ inside, refill water bottles, and enjoy a packed morning tea or lunch at the shaded picnic tables. There is plenty of seating, perfect for groups to meet and relax. Accessible toilet facilities with Braille signage are located around the back of the building, and are easily accessed via a sealed pathway.
In addition to its various walking tracks, picnic spots, sensory garden, and community nursery, the real highlight of CREEC is the new all-abilities playground.
The concrete pathway to the left of the main information centre passes a smaller, fenced chip bark playground. The path then leads to a lockable gate, which marks the entrance to the all-abilities area.
Within this playground you will find plenty to see, touch, smell and do. There is a carousel, flying foxes with large platforms, adaptive swings, and wheelchair ramp leading to a ‘pirate ship’ with moveable knobs and cogs.
Dotted around the spacious area (made of softfall rubber matting, concrete paths, and chip bark gardens) are low benches, sandstone block seating, animal statues, musical play equipment, and sensory boards. Equipment can be reached from a seated position and encourage inclusive play.
The fully-fenced playground backs on to bushland on one side, and offers plenty of shade under the large sail cloths. Make sure you pack your hat and sunscreen, as some of the paths are in the sun.
Drawing inspiration from its natural surrounds, the open layout really creates a sense of space and allows freedom of movement. This is ideal for those who prefer to choose their own activities, or who feel more comfortable with the familiar.
While colourful and with lots on offer for the adventurous and curious, there is also the ability to take ‘quieter’ trails – browse the scented gardens, enjoy the peaceful bushland views, and touch the animal statues.
There’s something for everyone on this educational, social, and fun day out.