Mortlock Reserve Playground | Colonel Light Gardens | Review

Mortlock Reserve Playground in Colonel Light Gardens

Mortlock Reserve contains an extensive playground, with something for everyone, blending old and new equipment with all the facilities you need.

Review by Claire Davill

Mortlock Reserve playground is nestled between Colonel Light Gardens Primary School and several playing fields. This means that it can get VERY busy when kid’s sport is on. However, there’s so much equipment here that it’s never too crowded.

A brand new shade sail (2023) covers the largest area of the playground, which is suited to older kids. With a large tube slide, regular slide, climbing nets, monkey bars, fireman’s pole and balance bridges, there’s plenty to challenge kids here.

There is also an accessible merry go round here, and music makers – hand drums and xylophone.

There’s also a small in-ground trampoline here, although the bark chips underneath limit the bouncing slightly.

There is additional equipment in a naturally shaded area that is more suited to small kids and toddlers, including an excellent obstacle course with bridges, balance beams and stepping stones to traverse.

A see-through climbing wall and climbing ladder frame are also in this section, suited to bigger kids.

There is also a series of low balance beams, a small slide, springy rocket ship and some old school “flip bars” in this section.

A large (but still small child-friendly) climbing frame sits in the centre of this area, surrounded by swings, small climbing wall and a basket swing. There is also a toilet block near here. This area is wonderfully shaded and much quieter than the area under the shade sail.

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There are plenty of park benches, picnic tables and even a small rotunda with a barbeque near the playground. While the playground is unfenced, it’s tucked away from any roads. There are two small carparks that can be accessed from Freeling Crescent to the east, or West Parkway to the northwest.

Things to consider:

  • Because the playground borders a school and multiple playing fields (football, baseball and soccer), parking might be limited at times
  • While there is a large shade sail and lots of shady trees, some areas are still in full sun, so remember sunscreen on sunny days
  • The toilet block is located under the trees to the rear of the toddler-friendly area of the playground
  • The playground is unfenced, and the greater park is very big – keep an eye on little ones


Freeling Terrace or West Parkway, Colonel Light Gardens



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