We recently parked at the Moxham Park carpark in Northmead (opposite Northmead Primary School) and started exploring. We were bushwalking along Water Dragon Way when we passed a man walking his dog. I asked him if there was a playground nearby. He said if we were happy to cross the creek, there was one on the other side.
We didn’t end up walking the entire Water Dragon Way loop – got a little distracted by the playground! From the carpark along the track, across the creek and to the playground in John Curtin Reserve, it was about a 20min walk. The bushwalk was along a dirt track with rock formations, beautiful large trees and some wild flowers. We didn’t spot any of the lizards though – think the water dragons heard my boys coming and kept their distance.
When we reached John Curtin Reserve we were really impressed. The reserve has a playground, picnic tables, bbq’s, a football field, an amenities building with toilets and there are lots of spots to re-enter the expansive bushland for another adventure. The reserve was named after John Joseph Ambrose Curtin, the 14th Prime Minister of Australia (1941 to 1945).
The main piece of play equipment in this nice medium sized playground is a double climbing tower, with bridge, slides, clock, colour windows, a shop, abacus and monkey bars.
The playground also has:
- Stepping pads
- Climbing rope
- Climbing bars
- Swinging balance steps
- 2 Swings (1 toddler)
- Koala rocker
- Balancing spheres in yellow, blue and green
- Large spinner
There are 3 picnic tables and a double BBQ all together undercover. With a couple more picnic tables and bench seat under the trees surrounding the play equipment. And a couple of rubbish bins to leave the place looking good for the next visitors.
You will find sandstone blocks on the edge of a garden bed that my kids liked to balance along. There are more sandstone blocks with animal shapes carved into them. Have fun finding the lizard, the wombat, the frog and the snake.
The large field is used for cricket in summer and football in winter. It seems to be home to the Winston Hills Cricket Club, Thunder girls cricket league and Winston Hills Hawks Junior Rugby league club.
There is a function room that is available to hire for community and private events (Birthday Parties). The cost is $28-$34 per hour – minimum hours and conditions apply. For more information email Council.
Finding John Curtin Reserve
The playground is best accessed from Huxley Drive, opposite about house number 46. There is street parking on both Huxley Drive and Dodson Crescent. John Curtin Reserve is not easily accessed via public transport.