The HOT List: Top 10 Indoor Places to Go with Kids in Melbourne

Melbourne is famous for experiencing four seasons in one day – and often that means rain, especially in winter. If you’re stuck for ideas as to what to do with kids on a cold or rainy day, check out my list of Top 10 indoor places to go and things to do with kids in […]

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 […]

HOT: Gardens of Tieve Tara 751 Mt Macedon Rd, Mt Macedon

Gardens of Tieve Tara is a private property in Mount Macedon with beautiful gardens which are open to public in Spring and Autumn. The tranquil gardens have been featured in many TV shows and publications and are currently very beautiful with gold and red autumnal colours. I particularly love the Japanese Bridge over the lower lake, which […]

HOT: Woodlea Playground, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

 Woodlea is a new housing estate at Rockbank, in Melbourne’s outer north-west. It’s currently only a display village but the first stage of development features an awesome adventure playground and fabulous adjoining cafe called ‘Go West’ (more on that later). The idea is that this central park will provide a community hub for people to gather […]

HOT: Bundoora Park Playspace, 1069 Plenty Rd, Bundoora

Bundoora Park Playspace is a fully-fenced and accessible playground for all abilities located in Bundoora Park, the largest green space in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. From the winding driveway leading to Bundoora Park Playspace you can actually spy two different and smaller playgrounds before you arrive at the main carpark for the Bundoora Park Visitors Centre […]

The HOT List: Best Places to Go and Things to Do with Toddlers and Babies in Melbourne

A recent reader question from Laura B has reminded me of how hard it is to find age-appropriate places in Melbourne to take toddlers and babies. She asks “We’re spending a long weekend in Melbourne this weekend coming with our ten-month-old twins. Any suggestions on things we can do with them  – they will be […]

HOT: Harmony Park, 187-195 Gaffney St, Coburg North

Harmony Park Coburg is one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne north of the city and along with Coburg Lake Reserve it makes ‘Coolburg’ the place to go for a fun-filled family adventure. Harmony Park is so big it actually consists of three different play areas – a skate park, a grassy area perfect for […]

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