The HOT List: Top 40 of Australia’s Best Playgrounds

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects holds an Australia’s Best Playground competition which recognises the work of landscape architects who have designed amazing public play spaces. Here are the 40 best playgrounds in Australia (as submitted by ALIA members)  – put them on your bucket list! There were 45 submissions but I’ve omitted five of the entries as they are […]

HOT: Gardens of Tieve Tara 751 Mt Macedon Rd, Mt Macedon

Gardens of Tieve Tara is a private property in Mount Macedon with beautiful gardens which are open to public in Spring and Autumn. The tranquil gardens have been featured in many TV shows and publications and are currently very beautiful with gold and red autumnal colours. I particularly love the Japanese Bridge over the lower lake, which […]

HOT: Woodlea Playground, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

 Woodlea is a new housing estate at Rockbank, in Melbourne’s outer north-west. It’s currently only a display village but the first stage of development features an awesome adventure playground and fabulous adjoining cafe called ‘Go West’ (more on that later). The idea is that this central park will provide a community hub for people to gather […]

HOT: Bundoora Park Playspace, 1069 Plenty Rd, Bundoora

Bundoora Park Playspace is a fully-fenced and accessible playground for all abilities located in Bundoora Park, the largest green space in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. From the winding driveway leading to Bundoora Park Playspace you can actually spy two different and smaller playgrounds before you arrive at the main carpark for the Bundoora Park Visitors Centre […]

The HOT List: Best Places to Go and Things to Do with Toddlers and Babies in Melbourne

A recent reader question from Laura B has reminded me of how hard it is to find age-appropriate places in Melbourne to take toddlers and babies. She asks “We’re spending a long weekend in Melbourne this weekend coming with our ten-month-old twins. Any suggestions on things we can do with them  – they will be […]

HOT: Harmony Park, 187-195 Gaffney St, Coburg North

Harmony Park Coburg is one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne north of the city and along with Coburg Lake Reserve it makes ‘Coolburg’ the place to go for a fun-filled family adventure. Harmony Park is so big it actually consists of three different play areas – a skate park, a grassy area perfect for […]

HOT: Bundoora Park Farm, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora

Bundoora Park Farm is part of Cooper’s Settlement and provides an authentic farm experience for children and families within Bundoora Park, the largest park in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. At the farm you can touch, pat and feed some of the farm animals, take a tractor ride to see the kangaroos and emus or explore early […]

HOT: Alma Park East playground, Alma Rd, St Kilda East

Alma Park is split into Alma Park East and Alma Park West and the eastern park is host to the most spectacular sprawling playground Alma Park East consists of many different play areas suitable for different abilities. Under the shade of a beautiful Moreton Bay Fig is a huge wooden tree house with a double […]

HOT: Coburg Lake Reserve, 2A Gaffney St, Coburg North

Coburg Lake Reserve is a leafy green oasis in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and it’s the site of not just one, but TWO great playgrounds. You could easily spend a day there exploring!   The main playground is the Doug Hull Space Adventure Park at Lake Grove. From Gaffney Street you can see the highlight of […]

HOT: Rye’s Up Community Playground, 2387A Point Nepean Rd, Rye, Mornington Peninsula

  If you’re visiting to the Mornington Peninsula don’t miss one of our favourite beach playgrounds on Rye’s foreshore east of Rye Pier. Rye’s Up Community Playground is a wooden adventure playground built by locals in 2012 and is great fun especially when the water’s too cold for swimming. The fully fenced playground sits next […]

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