The Maritime Cove Community Park and playground is an large marine-themed playground in Port Melbourne at the end of Perc White Reserve near Sandridge Beach.
The playground showcases the area’s maritime and waterside history and reuses old maritime equipment.
You’ll find a repurposed channel markers making excellent forts….
…steel buoys to climb and sit on…
…plus a crow’s nest, marine bollards, old rail lines, ladder bridge and replica shipping containers.
The other new equipment integrates well with the old marine assets and include a tall wooden fort with long spiral slide…
…rope bridges and climbing ropes, some better suited to older kids…
….a challenging timber and rope climbing frame…
and smaller features like unusual spinners and musical instruments as well as a dedicated sand play and musical area at toddler height.
A drawcard in hot weather is that there are two water play areas.
One is a simple pump and channel set up while the other is a more full-bodied experience as a large overhead sprinkler whirls around, a lower sprinkler turns and water spurts out from another tall pole.
Bring a change of clothes and a towel, you can’t help getting soaked!
And of course the whole playground is one big sandpit and there’s more ways to move sand around than I can count!
If you’re still not done with the fun just next to the playground is a group of outdoor fitness equipment. Plus an extensive boardwalk for running/walking/riding and of course Sandridge Beach.
At the moment most of the shade is in the two wooden pavilions as the greenery is quite low. The playground has parking but note that it’s a bit of a walk from the main carpark for Sandridge Beach and the Surf Lifesaving Club.
Maritime Cove Community Park is part of the $1.6bn Webb Dock redevelopment and is part of Port of Melbourne’s commitment to create more attractive public spaces. I think they’ve really hit the mark with this imaginative and unique playground.
- Suitable for toddlers;
- Suitable for older kids;
- Adult fitness equipment;
- Next to bike/walking/running path;
- Picnic tables and BBQ areas at Sandridge Beach;
- Toilets at Sandridge;
- A few shelters;
- Water tap;
- Water play so bring towels and spare clothes; and
- Free parking. Easiest access is via The Blvd or Todd Rd. The actual road where the parking is closest is unnamed and is west of Life Saving Victoria building.
Maritime Cove Community Park, Perc White Reserve, Cnr The Blvd and Todd Rd, Port Melbourne