By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Skateboarding in Australia is a big deal. It has one of the largest communities of skateboarders in the world, even rivaling that of the US, Canada and the UK in amount per practicing inhabitant and an increasing topic of interest on the internet search engines. Australia is then a skateboarding powerhouse, a nation full of new growing skateboarding scenes and a stronger than ever culture that reclaims its space. The skateboarding parks are a tangible manifestation of it, like cells that reproduce to function as a single complete organism. That’s why we’re going to do a quick review of those sites that allow skateboarding to be full. These are five awesome skateboarding parks you can find in Australia right now.
5. Cairns Skatepark (Queensland)
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Let’s start with something big, and BIG is the definition of Cairns Skatepark. It is regarded as one of the biggest (if not the biggest of all) skateboard parks in Australia. The park has a 4-5 ft clover bowl and a big bowl with an over vert corner, half pipe section and a vert wall ranging from 8ft -10ft, topped with pool coping that snakes between the 6 and 7 ft sections and a massive cradle. Is often described as many skate spots in one huge area.
4. South Hedland Skatepark (Western Australia)
On one of the least populated areas in the whole land, South Hedland park has been dubbed as a potential rival to Cairns title of The Biggest Skateboarding Park in Australia. It has a bit of everything needed for skateboarding and has different level transitions for amateurs and pros alike and to train in a different array of styles.
3. RampFest Indoor Skate Park (Melbourne)
Dubbed as the largest indoor skate park in Australia, it was founded in 2008 to hold the opening of the RampFest that same year. It has ramps, rails, spots, pipes, skate shops and even a coaching clinic for those who look to start skateboarding or just wish to improve. A most impressive facility that looks more like a skateboarding fortress inside Melbourne.
2. Box Hill Skatepark (Melbourne)
An iconic skatepark in Melbourne, it is regarded by the seekers of an all-in-one experience as a haven where every skateboarder can grab a share of that pie.
1. North Sydney Skate Plaza (Sidney)
Named by many as the most loved skate spot in all of Sydney. The park takes a very humble but also extraordinary achievement for being described a small but great zone. Rookies and beginners that are nowadays pros and elite skateboarders who grew up in the city will remember the North Sydney Skate Plaza as their alma mater where they graduated and lived the best moments of their lives.
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