Woodend Children’s Park is a vast playground and recreation area in Woodend, a small town in the Macedon Ranges less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
You can visit the playground plus the township in half a day though Woodend is also a popular place for mini-breaks for Melburnians due to its proximity to Macedon and Hanging Rock.
Woodend Children’s Park comprises three main play areas bordered by bushland and large eucalyptus trees. The main area has two merry-go-rounds, a bank of swings, musical play equipment, two seesaws, a climbing frame and a climbing fort with a slide.
Another area is for slightly older kids, with a long zipline flying fox and a tall octahedral rope climbing structure.
The third area is gated and thus perfect for runaway toddlers. It has more traditional playground equipment and the digger in the sandpit is a highlight.
Bench seating is dotted throughout all of the play area and there are a couple of barbecues available under a shelter. The play equipment is not really a lot of shade so bring your hat and sunscreen.
We spent about 2 hours at Woodend Children’s Park and the kids just ran from one thing to another before they got hungry/tired. If you’re not local it’s well worth a special visit.
- free parking very close on site;
- bring a hat and sunscreen as there’s not much shade;
- suitable for toddlers;
- suitable for older kids;
- toilets nearby over 5 Mile Creek or Lawn Bowls Club;
- picnic tables and barbecues; and
- walking distance to Woodend’s main street, High Street.