Valley Reserve is a 15 hectare bushland serve in Mount Waverley and at its centre is a unique, award-winning adventure playspace. In 2016 the playspace won best new major playspace in Victoria and it’s nominated as one of Australia’s best playgrounds.
The vision is to create a SPARC – a Socially Inclusive, Playful, Active, Relevant and Connected – play space. The playground takes its natural bush setting as its inspiration and is built with mostly organic materials.
It’s split up into four different areas, presided over by a different native animal.
A King Parrot metal climbing frame welcomes toddlers to their play area, with a sandpit, carousel, swings, cubbies and climbing structures.
A wooden Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo overlooks the main rope climbing course for teaching balance and climbing skills. A huge birds nest swing overlooks the course and it is hung quite high – watch out that you don’t hit your face when pushing (like I did)!
A stone carved owl is set amongst the two flying foxes and high platform/tree house. The upper area caters for more intrepid, adventurous children.
In the quieter sandpit and dry creek course you’ll find a Eastern long-necked turtle set amongst the rock.
The play space is a popular meeting spot for families and includes five shelters with tables and two unshaded barbecues.
Valley Reserve is a really unique play space, full of adventurous and natural elements to keep little and big kids happy. It’s worth a special trip as you’ll probably spend several hours there. Monash Council has also committed to funding an educational hub and nature play pods for schools and nature groups.
- Suitable for toddlers;
- Suitable for older kids;
- Some natural shade;
- Water tap;
- BBQ and picnic facilities
- toilet block is outside the play space and has an accessible cubicle and baby change facility;
- Walking paths throughout the reserve;
- Free parking.
Valley Reserve, 80 Waimarie Drive, Mt Waverley