HOT: St Kilda Adventure Playground, Neptune St, St Kilda

Adventure playgrounds started in postwar Denmark after public officials noticed that children were playing in bombed and excavated sites. From there the idea of ‘adventure playgrounds’ proliferated in Europe, with over 100 ever-changing, junkyard play areas full of creative inspiration. St Kilda Adventure playground is one of only five staffed adventure playgrounds in Melbourne (the […]

HOT: Eltham Lower Park Accessible Play Space, Diamond Valley Rail Park, Main Rd, Eltham

Eltham Lower Park playspace is a fully fenced and accessible adventure playground opposite the Diamond Valley Railway. The playground + train combo makes it a great destination for a half-day adventure. The playground is themed around the Eltham Copper Butterfly, an endangered butterfly that’s unique to the area. You’ll find panels describing aspects of the […]

HOT: Bayswater Train Park, Marie Wallace Bayswater Park, Mountain Highway, Bayswater

Bayswater Train Park at the Marie Wallace Bayswater Park is a huge playground for all ages with lots of unique equipment.  The recent construction of basketball courts and climbing area definitely makes it one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds in the east and worth a special trip. The highlight of the playground is the full size […]

HOT: Booran Reserve, Cnr Booran Rd and Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly

Booran Reserve Glen Huntly is the long awaited play space in the City of Glen Eira. It cost a whopping $10.8 million and is billed as ‘Melbourne’s best playground’. The play space is certainly massive and provides stimulating and challenging environments for all ages and abilities.  For older kids there is a HUGE 10m high double dome rope climbing […]

HOT: Victory Park, The Strand, Chelsea Beach, Chelsea

Victory Park on the foreshore of Chelsea Beach is popular park with beach-going families in Melbourne. It has all the facilities that you might need for a fun day out and the beach + playground setting means you can combine two outings in one! The playground is good for younger kids as most of the […]

HOT: Livvi’s Place, Craigieburn ANZAC Park, cnr Aitken Boulevard and Central Park Ave, Craigieburn

Craigieburn ANZAC Park is a large scale parkland in Melbourne’s north and it’s the site of Melbourne’s newest accessible play space developed in conjunction with Touched by Olivia Foundation. ‘Livvi’s Place’ is a spacious, fully fenced play space designed so that children with disabilities can still use much of the equipment, with fully accessible paths […]

HOT: Ballam Park, 260R Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

Ballam Park is double the fun! The Eastern side wooden playground is a favourite with Frankston/Mornington Peninsula toddlers and babies, with an extensive network of ramps, climbing equipment and slides. The natural shade from the surrounding trees provide perfect picnic spots, as well as a sheltered picnic table and water taps. On the Western side […]

HOT: Trueman Reserve, Clarinda Park Regional Playground, cnr Trueman St and Bradman Drive, Cranbourne West

Housing developers know that a fantastic playground is a drawcard and a showcase for the area. The newest one to open up is in Trueman Reserve Cranbourne West, as part of Clarinda Park development. The spacious playground uses standard playground equipment to great effect. There’s a sunny colour scheme – red, yellow and orange – […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Playgrounds in Melbourne for Older Kids

Today’s HOT List represents the 6+ years of playground adventures with my kids and is a compilation of the best playgrounds for older kids. Challenging climbing equipment, tall slides, natural elements and water play are all on the wish list! You’ll find the full list over at Planning With Kids, one of my favourite parenting […]

HOT: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast

Broadwater Parklands is a fantastic redevelopment of Southport’s previously dowdy foreshore with a range of sites and facilities, many of them free. It’s one of the best places to take kids on the Gold Coast. Our favourite part is the Rockpools, a semi-fenced water play area featuring water jets, fountains, a waterfall and sculptural pieces […]

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