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|Apple Fun Park Donnybrook|
In the words of our 7 year old - "this playground is awesome!" It is huge! They say that it is the largest free entry playground in Australia.
The Apple Fun Park was built as a community project in the town of Donnybrook, which is on the South West Highway about 1/2 hour out of Bunbury (and 2.5 hours south of Perth). Donnybrook is famous for its apple growing, so the park has a fruit theme.
It has everything you could want in a playground plus more. There is a toddler area with lots of low ride-on animals and kiddie swings, a preschoolers climbing and slide area and a huge piece of playground equipment with four-level towers and slides, rope bridges and flying foxes. There is also a spacenet, some low rock climbing walls and more swings. To keep the parents fit, there is also an adult friendly area that has gym circuit type exercise equipment made of metal that you and the kids can use to have a workout (pretend or otherwise).
Along the side of the play equipment are three huge shade sail gazebos that cover the picnic tables and bbqs, and a grassed area to sit. The toddlers area has shade sails over it, but the rest of the playground does not. The whole park has a fence around it, to keep everyone safe.
And the coffee? The park is walking distance to the main shopping precinct of Donnybrook. There are a number of cafes and bakeries etc that do coffee. We got takeaway coffee from the Big Apple Bakery on South West Highway, and had a picnic morning tea at the playground. Also, the B&B directly across the road from the park sells coffee and icecreams.
Update - November 2010
The Shire of Donnybrook-Balinyup maintains the Apple Fun Park - and they contacted us looking for feedback from people who have used the park on their experiences and suggestions for improvement. The Shire is planning on undertaking improvements to the park area including parking, more toilets, extending the playground and lawn areas. They asked us to provide a link to their feedback page on their website - http://www.donnybrook-balingup.wa.gov.au/Public%20Feedback so if you have visited the Apple Fun Park and have suggestions let them know!
Well worth the trip if you are looking for a weekend away, or happen to be in the South West.