HOT: Wulaba Park, Amelia Street near the corner of O’Dea Avenue and South Dowling St, Waterloo

Wulaba Park in Waterloo is one of Sydney’s newest parks in the Green Square area. It has been built by developers Meriton to provide a community gathering and play area for the residents of the surrounding high rise apartments. The public park contains fantastic structures for older kids who are confident climbers – and who will get a thrill […]

HOT: Bicentennial Park, Scotch Parade, Chelsea

Bicentennial Park Chelsea contains a huge fenced playground and it is one of Australia’s best playgrounds. It’s so big that it’s well worth a special trip if you’re not local. When you first enter the gate what will catch your eye is ‘Mt Chelsea’ a huge soft fall mound with two long and high slides, climbing ropes […]

HOT: Ashcroft Park Aircraft Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Williams Landing is a housing development in Melbourne’s outer west and Ashcroft Park playground, fondly known  as the ‘Control Tower’ playground, is a popular destination for local families. The playground is inspired by the nearby RAAF base and it was recently nominated as one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds in the west. The centrepiece is an […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Warrnambool – Top 14 Places to Go with Kids

Warrnambool is Victoria’s largest coastal city (outside Port Phillip Bay), situated about 250km west of Melbourne. It’s traditionally a summer destination as visitors combine it with a road trip along the famous Great Ocean Road.  We recently visited Warrnambool in winter and discovered that there’s still lots to do, especially during the winter school holidays […]

HOT: Casey Fields playground, 160 Berwick – Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East

Casey Fields playground is part of a huge 76 hectare site for outdoor sport in Cranbourne East and it is touted as one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds. I have to say, check I agree! We enjoyed all aspects of the adventure playground and Baby 2.0 fought me hard when we had to leave about 2 […]

HOT: Ruffey Lake Park, 99 Victoria St, Doncaster

Ruffey Lake Park is a 68 hectare expanse of green spanning Doncaster and Templestowe in Melbourne’s east and it features not just one but THREE playgrounds. The best playground is accessed from the Eastern border of Ruffey Lake Park, from the unofficial main entrance on Victoria Street. Look out for the (play) snakes! This timber […]

HOT: Garden City Reserve ‘Portasaurus’ playground, 47 Beacon Rd, Port Melbourne

Garden City Reserve is a charming well-landscaped park in the back streets of Port Melbourne and it is home to the ‘Portosaurus’ playground. The beady-eyed dinosaur pokes its head out from the tan bark, tongue lolling and spikes prickling. But it‘s not menacing – it’s all for play! Elements of the Portosaurus are transformed into […]

The HOT List: Top 9 Places to go with Kids in Gisborne and Macedon

Gisborne and Macedon are two of the smaller towns in the Macedon Ranges and both towns are a great place for a combined day trip or half-day trip as they are less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Here are my tips on where to play, eat and visit in Gisborne and Macedon with kids. PLAY Macedon Ranges Adventure […]

HOT: Megasaurus Dinosaur Playground, Newington Drive, Cranbourne East

The Megasaurus playground is one play space that little dinosaur lovers won’t be able to resist! The unique dinosaur-themed playground is located at Livingstone, a housing estate at Cranbourne East and has been nominated as one of Australia’s best playgrounds. The bespoke equipment has been designed with distinctive dinosaur shapes in mind and uses metal […]

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 […]

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