If you have older kids or kids who are adventurous and happy to tackle a challenge then here’s my pick of the 10 MORE great playgrounds in Melbourne for older kids, to add to my previous guest post of the 10 best playgrounds in Melbourne for older kids over at Planning With Kids.
Climb up the huge hill, clamber all over the wooden pirate ship then take a ride down the loooong slide.
Bayview Park, Alamanda Boulevard, Point Cook
This sprawling playground has a tree-house, long flying fox and high rope climbing frame.
Alma Park East, playground, Alma Rd, St Kilda East
An imaginative space with lots of opportunities to climb and swing, including two climbing rope climbing pyramids and a spinner swing.
Montrose Community Playground, Montrose Recreation Reserve, 950 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose
4. Ballam Park
Ballam Park has been revamped with a fantastic new skate park and basketball court, parkour equipment and a huge fort with slides galore.
Ballam Park, 260R Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
A $10 million playground with a huge climbing frame and tall slide, lots of water play and equipment for adventurous climbers.
Booran Reserve, Cnr Booran Rd and Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly
There are three playgrounds at Ruffey Lake but the highlight is the large, shaded wooden playground with numerous ramps, poles and a long slide up a hill.
Ruffey Lake Park, 99 Victoria St, Doncaster
The centrepiece of this playground is two big mound slides, with lots of play equipment surrounding it including climbing frames, swings, balance bridges and a little village of huts.
Bicentennial Park Chelsea, Scotch Parade, Chelsea
Look out for the full size red steam engine! Then check out the large high wooden structure with bridges, slides, ladders and climbing walls. On the side you’ll find new climbing equipment plus a new scooter/skate area.
Bayswater Train Park, Marie Wallace Bayswater Park, Mountain Highway, Bayswater
A supervised adventure playground with a big aeroplane cockpit, trampolines, flying fox, cubby house, pirate ship, metal half-pipe – all built out of recycled materials.
St Kilda Adventure Playground, Neptune St, St Kilda
10. Maritime Cove
A beach-side playground with full sand flooring, water play sprays and lots of wooden structures and repurposed maritime equipment to climb.
Maritime Cove Community Park, Perc White Reserve, Cnr The Blvd and Todd Rd, Port Melbourne