HOT: Murrumbeena Park, 37 Kangaroo Road, Murrumbeena

Murrumbeena Park is one of south-east Melbourne’s most popular playgrounds and it’s easy to see why. The large play space has different ‘zones’ which means that kids can explore and play for hours. The design combines nature play, a toddler area, a flying fox plus multiple slides and swings with traditional playground equipment. Two parts […]

HOT: Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is part of the long stretch of beach that runs along the bayside suburbs and its shallow water and collection of rock pools make it the perfect beach destination with little kids. The sand is not particularly white or soft so the rock pools of the Marine Sanctuary are the drawcard. […]

HOT: Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Is this view of a tropical resort? No, it’s Eastern Beach Geelong, on our own back doorstep only an hour from Melbourne. Eastern Beach Reserve is right in Geelong’s CBD and it’s an amazing, free place to cool down, have fun, relax and party, right by the shimmering waters of Corio Bay. You can enter via […]

HOT: North Melbourne Recreation Centre pool, 1 Macaulay Rd, North Melbourne

North Melbourne Recreation Centre has one of Melbourne’s best outdoor pools and a small water play area popular with families. It’s also the home of the North Melbourne Football Club, Fencing Australia, a stadium and gymnasium. The swimming area has four pools of varying depths in an open plan, lagoon layout. This is great as […]

HOT: Woodend Children’s Park, 12 Nicholson St, Woodend

Woodend Children’s Park is a vast playground and recreation area in Woodend, a small town in the Macedon Ranges less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne.   You can visit the playground plus the township in half a day though Woodend is also a popular place for mini-breaks for Melburnians due to its proximity to […]

HOT: Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, cnr Ballato Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne

  Melbourne is lucky enough to enjoy not just one, but two Royal Botanic Gardens. The one in South Yarra is a popular destination for families but I urge you to also visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. Cranbourne Gardens contains one of Victoria’s most previous areas of native bushland. At its heart is […]

The HOT List: Best Playgrounds with Shade in Melbourne

Summer’s here and it’s time to head outside – but a playground can be a hot place if there’s no shade. Here’s a list of the HOT playgrounds I’ve reviewed with shade sails or natural shade from trees or surrounding structures.   CBD/DOCKLANDS Artplay Playground, Birrarung Marr Harmony Garden, Docklands   NORTH/NORTH/EAST Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy […]

HOT: Highpoint Pop Up Park, Level 1 entrance, Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

This summer enjoy a whole different shopping centre experience at the Highpoint Pop Up Park. Landscape architecture and urban design firm Aspect Studios has transformed the Level 1 concrete forecourt leading into Hoyts Cinemas into a colourful place of respite and play. It features sensational foam equipment by Imagination Playground, a ping pong table, a Movenpick ice cream van and coffee […]

HOT: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, Sydney

  Taronga Zoo is possibly Australia’s most beautiful zoo and a highlight of any trip to Sydney with children (though I saw plenty of tourists visiting without kids too) There is so much to see that you should allocate a whole day to explore or start at 9:30am for a solid morning if you have […]

HOT: Ron Barassi Snr Park, 509-529 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Ron Barassi Snr Park in Docklands is named after Ronald Barassi Senior (who inspired AFL’s father-son rule) and includes a fantastic playground, sports field, pavilion and a walking circuit.   For families our pick is the playground with views of the Melbourne Star and Docklands skyscraper, sitting underneath the Citylink freeway and the Bolte Bridge. You’ll be able […]

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