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 […]

HOT: Harmony Garden, Point Park, 1 Point Park Crescent, Yarra’s Edge, Docklands

Yarra’s Edge is a residential development in Docklands on the north-facing banks of the Yarra. Point Park is the green centrepiece of the precinct, an environmentally sustainable parkland featuring rain gardens and water storage cells cleverly concealed within the design. Inside Point Park is an excellent playground called Harmony Garden built by the site’s developers Mirvac in collaboration […]

HOT: Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway, Cnr Belmore Rd and Elgar Rd, Mont Albert North

Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway is a must-do for little (and big) train fans! It’s cheap, old-fashioned fun, with lots to amuse toddlers nearby so you can make it a half-day adventure. The miniature railway is a hobby club that is staffed by volunteers, all of whom are very friendly. Every third Sunday of the month the railway is […]

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