Updated January 2017
The Royal Park playground ‘Nature Play’ is a nature-based playspace in Parkville. It’s been built on the site of the previous Royal Children’s Hospital and is adjacent to the new hospital, on the corner of Flemington Road and Gatehouse Street.
The playground is huge, with lots of different play experiences to explore. Lady AB and Baby 2.0 gravitate to the water play area, water jets and sandpit – so bring a change of clothes or bathers!
All the equipment is well-integrated into the natural environment and mainly natural materials has been used in the construction.
There’s a large nest swing, two massive climbing frames and ropes, a bank of swings with city views, three slides of varying degrees of steepness and my favourite, a nature cubby.
Another hit is the huge grassy knoll which provides an excellent vantage point over the playground, as well as being a fun place to pretend to go bear-hunting or for rolling down!
Other facilities include picnic tables, seating, a drinking fountain and two BBQ areas and public toilets (plus the toilets inside the Royal Children’s Hospital). Free parking is available on most of Gatehouse Street (limited time slots) and paid parking on Flemington Road.
Note there’s no shade covering so it can be very hot on sunny days.
The Royal Park playground is a wonderful place to entertain patients and children visiting the Royal Children’s Hospital as well as families from across the city. It’s well worth travelling for and you can make a day of it by checking out the nearby family-friendly eatery Smith and Singleton.
- suitable for toddlers;
- suitable for older kids
- picnic tables, seating;
- drinking fountain;
- two BBQ areas;
- public toilets;
- free parking on Gatehouse Street and paid parking on Flemington Rd;
- walking distance to Smith and Singleton cafe.