HOT: Altona Beach, Logan Reserve and Norfolk cafe, 139 The Esplanade, Altona

Altona Beach is the unsung hero of Melbourne’s bay beaches in my view. A local, hidden gem that’s actually pretty amazing and well worth a special trip with the kids if you’re not lucky enough to be a local. For me the perfect beach trip with kids has to contain three elements – a nice […]

HOT: Geelong Play Space, Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

The Geelong Play Space is a fully fenced playground next to the Geelong Botanic Gardens and it’s one of Geelong’s best playgrounds. The award-winning design combines imaginative features and a mainly natural setting to create a play space that sparks the imagination. As you walk down the musical bell bridge, what first captures your eye […]

HOT: A Maze’N Things, 1805 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, Phillip Island

A Maze’N Things is one of Phillip Island’s most popular family attractions and if you haven’t been in a while (or have never been) it’s worth a visit now that the new SkyTrail has just opened. You won’t be able to miss it as the theme park is marked by a head-turning giant floating tap […]

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 […]

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