Donnybrook Apple FunPark was in the spot light on Monday 5th March, 2018!
Channel 7’s Today Tonight host, Mark Gibson had a wow of time exploring Australia’s the biggest free entry playground!
Situated in the heart of Donnybrook (corner of Collins and Reserve St – adjoining the South West Highway), the Apple FunPark is the ideal destination for a day of family fun.
The Apple FunPark features:
- play equipment for all ages from toddlers to teenagers
- fully fenced with self-closing gates
- six electric BBQs, with shaded tables and seating
- grassed picnic areas
- lighting towers and CTC security cameras
The play equipment is second to none and includes: toddler and pre-schooler areas with lots of low ride-on animals, kiddie swings, dedictaed all-abilities play area, climbing and slide areas, – four-level towers with slides, rope bridges and flying foxes – low rock climbing walls, swings and a spacenet – two 9.5m towers that rise above the ground with a range of play equipment suitable for all ages, including slides and climbing equipment.
And to keep the parents fit, there is also an adult friendly gym circuit with plenty of equipment for a full body workout!
The Park is walking distance to the main shopping precinct of Donnybrook. There are a number of good cafes and bakeries in close proximity – all serve icecreams and great coffee!
On any given day, the Apple FunPark plays host to numerous children’s birthday parties.
The story behind the Apple Fun Park
Donnybrook Apple Fun Park came about thanks to the efforts and generosity of a group of local people.
A group of locals approached the Shire about building a playground in the main street of Donnybrook. What set this proposal apart was the fact that these people were prepared to put their own money into the project!
The donors, who elected to remain anonymous at the time (as much as is possible in a small county town), offered to pay for the equipment if the Shire would donate land and infrastructure.
A community member took on the role of project coordinator and the Shire set about granting approval for the site.
As the project took off, so did the scale of the Park along with the number of donors.
A significant amount of volunteer community labour contributed to the clearing and preparation of the site.
In excess of $600,000 was pledged in community donations with the Shire agreeing to support the balance of the project costs which totalled approximately $1 million.
The Shire is very grateful to the passion and generosity of the community. Their vision and commitment has created a fabulous legacy for the community.
The Apple FunPark is a much loved venue by locals, and a popular ‘day trip’ destination for people living in surrounding communities.
The Shire also acknowledges that the Donnybrook Apple FunPark is one the region’s major tourist attractions.