20 Best Playgrounds in Melbourne South

If you’re looking for the best playgrounds in Melbourne South and Bayside suburbs then check out my list of the top 20 parks covering the council areas of Stonnington, Port Phillip, Bayside, Kingston and Frankston. 

I’ve separated out the best playgrounds within Glen Eira, Monash, Greater Dandenong and Casey in my list of the best playgrounds in South East Melbourne.


Best Playgrounds in Melbourne South

While technically this area of South Yarra is covered by the City of Melbourne I’ve included it here because it is south of the river and the rest of South Yarra is within the City of Stonnington.

1. Royal Botanic Garden Children’s Garden, South Yarra

Set inside the Royal Botanic Gardens is the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden.  It is a fully fenced lush oasis with lots of shady spots and opportunities for nature play and water play.

Suitable for little kids and older kids as well, this is one of the best playgrounds for babies in Melbourne.  You’ll need to supervise closely around water though, and there are lots of lovely hiding spots.

Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra

Children's Garden Royal Botanic Gardens

Best Playgrounds in Melbourne South – Stonnington

The City of Stonnington is the inner city municipality covering South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor and all the way to Malvern. Here are some of our favourite parks in the area. 

2. Princes Gardens, Prahran

Princes Gardens is a popular park in Prahran away from the bustle of Chapel Street. The gardens feature a skate park, tennis courts, playground, shaded areas and lawns, as well as being home to Chapel Off Chapel.

Princes Gardens are located next to the Prahran Aquatic Centre and Princes Close Childcare Centre.

princes gardens prahran

3. Phoenix Park, Malvern East

Phoenix Park boasts a beautiful wooden playground surrounded by large trees. Most of the wooden fortress playground is fenced and inside you’ll find swings, slides, steering wheels and musical features.

Next to the Phoenix Park playground is a skate park, the Malvern Library, community centre, Phoenix Park cafe.

Phoenix Park, 22 Rob Roy Road, Malvern East

Phoenix Park

Best Playgrounds in Melbourne’s Bayside – City of Port Phillip

City of Port Phillip covers the bayside suburbs closest to Melbourne city and it boasts not just one, but two of Melbourne’s five staffed adventure playgrounds, plus plenty more great playgrounds.

4. Maritime Cove, Port Melbourne

Maritime Cove is a maritime-themed playground that has recycled maritime equipment used as striking features. There is also a new wooden climbing structure with a long slide travelling down from the top.

There are a couple of water play zones, and lots of scoops and funnels to play with the sand.

There are picnic facilities and toilets nearby, as well as a bank of exercise equipment next to the playground. Maritime Cove is definitely one of the best beach playgrounds in Melbourne.

Maritime Cove, Perc White Reserve, The Boulevard, Port Melbourne

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5. Skinners Adventure Playground, South Melbourne

This South Melbourne adventure playground is an expansive junkyard playspace with multiple structures and opportunities for risky and imaginative play.

Skinners Adventure Playground is aimed at 5-12 year olds, but younger children will have lots of fun with a bit more supervision.

Skinners Playground is one of Melbourne’s five staffed adventure playgrounds so it’s best to call prior to visiting to confirm they’ll be open to the public.

Skinners Playground, Dorcas Street, South Melbourne

Skinners Adventure Playground South Melbourne

6. Plum Garland Playground, Albert Park

Plum Garland Memorial Playground is a fully fenced all-sand beach playground located on Beaconsfield Parade Albert Park.

Kids will have so much fun playing with the water, swings, climbing up the lookout and then heading to the beach. 

Plum Garland Playground, Albert Park

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7. St Kilda Adventure Playground, St Kilda

This St Kilda playground is one of the best kids parks in Melbourne. It is one of Melbourne’s five staffed adventure playgrounds, and is intended for use by local children who may be disadvantaged or not have a backyard.  However, it is still open to the public at certain times.

It is a space full of different play structures, many created out of recycled products.  There is something for every child to have fun with.  Although St Kilda Adventure Playground is really intended for kids 5+, younger children will still have fun, they just require more supervision.

St Kilda Adventure Playground, Neptune Street, St Kilda

st kilda adventure playground

8. Alma Park East, St Kilda East

Alma Park East holds a sprawling playground shaded by a Moreton Bay Fig. There are multiple play structures with equipment to climb up and things to slide down, providing opportunities for multiple ages.

There are also swings, a flying fox and invitations for imaginative play. Facilities include picnic tables, barbecues and toilets.

Alma Park East, Alma Road, St Kilda East

Alma Park East playground, Alma Rd, St Kilda East

Best playgrounds in Melbourne – Bayside

Bayside City Council is made up of the suburbs of Brighton, Brighton East, Hampton, Hampton East, Highett, Black Rock, Sandringham, Beaumaris and Cheltenham. Here are the best playgrounds in the area. 

9. Harleston Park, Elsternwick

A playground upgrade means that Harleston Park has play equipment for all ages. For older kids there’s a gigantic slide, basketball court and rock climbing wall while little kids will enjoy the sand play as well as a small slide and climbing structure.

Add free BBQ facilities, picnic tables and public toilet and you could make a day of it. 

Harleston Park, Elsternwick

Harleston Park Elsternwick

10. North Road Foreshore Playground, Brighton

A pirate ship has run aground at North Road Reserve, with this popular beachside playground offering water play, climbing structures, slides and more. 

North Point Cafe has a kiosk and sit-down service when you’re in need of sustenance. 

North Road Foreshore Playground, Brighton

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north roadd playground

11. Thomas Street Reserve, Hampton

This huge wooden playground is a popular destination for Hampton locals. With so many places to play, barbecues and toilets, it’s a place to while away a day. 

Thomas Street Reserve, Hampton

Thomas Street Reserve Hampton

Best Playgrounds Melbourne South – Kingston

Kingston City Council continues further down Port Phillip Bay, covering suburbs such as Chelsea, Mordialloc and Clayton. The playgrounds here are particularly imaginative, with fun themes to spark creative play. Here are our favourite parks in the area. 

12. Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc

This Mordialloc Beach playground is a community park between the beach and the shopping strip.  Which makes it one of the best playgrounds in Bayside Melbourne.

Peter Scullin Reserve appeals to a wide age range and has shelter over much of the ship themed equipment. There is also a popular pommel bouncer which two people can use at a time.

Peter Scullin Reserve, Beach Rd, Mordialloc

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Mordialloc 12

13. Bicentennial Park, Chelsea

Bicentennial Park is, without a doubt, one of the best kids park in Melbourne. It is large, with lots to do, making it worth a special trip.

Bicentennial Park has a large wooden climbing fort, high long slides, swings, sandpits and opportunities for imaginative play such as a train and ticket booth. There are picnic and barbecue shelters, toilets and drink taps.

Bicentennial Park Playground, Scotch Parade, Chelsea

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Bicentennial Park Chelsea

14. Victory Park, Chelsea

At Chelsea Beach you’ll find a fairy-tale themed sand-based playground called Victory Park. The play equipment doubles the fun for a day out at the beach – don’t forget to take your scooters and bikes along to enjoy the smooth paths!

Victory Park, The Strand, Chelsea

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Boy scooting at Victory Park Chelsea

15. The Grange Reserve UFO Park, Clayton South

Little astronauts will love this space-themed playground, built on the location with an alleged UFO sighting! 

Climb up inside the space ship, meet some friendly aliens and have a barbecue or picnic in the leafy surrounds. 

The Grange Reserve, Clayton South

The Grange Reserve UFO Park Clayton South

16. Heatherton Park, Clayton South

Known as the Monster Park or Troll Park, Heatherton Park has three large wooden troll sculptures that dominate the play space, and provide inspiration for imaginative play.

There are also two wooden climbing structures with equipment to suit different ages and abilities. There is also smaller equipment including three slides and swings. Heatherton Park has toilets, barbecue shelters and unshaded tables.

Heatherton Park, Ireland Road, Clayton South

Heatherton Park Troll Park Clayton

17. Carrum Foreshore Playground, Carrum

This nautical-themed playground is right alongside one of Melbourne’s best beaches. It’s partially gated and fenced, and there are wooden deckchairs and picnic shelters dotted around the edges.

The play equipment at Carrum Beach Playground includes a giant sandpit with diggers and a central lighthouse with a telescope perfect for looking across the bay.

Carrum Foreshore Playground, Old Post Office Lane, Carrum

Carrum Beach Playground, 15 Old Post Office Lane, Carrum Beach Foreshore, Carrum

Best playgrounds in Melbourne South – Frankston

The City of Frankston borders the Mornington Peninsula and its playgrounds are large and fabulous. 

18. Frankston Foreshore Playground, Frankston

The Frankston Beach foreshore playground has been upgraded with the demolition of existing aged equipment, refurbishment of the iconic ‘Pixie Hats’ (steel cone roofs) and installation of new junior and senior play spaces. The castles stand tall, tunnels capture the imagination and shaded sand pits provide hours of fun.

Frankston Foreshore Playground, Frankston

Frankston Regional Foreshore Playground, Frankston Waterfront Reserve, Pier Promenade, Frankston

19. Ballam Park, Frankston

Ballam Park is one of the best adventure playgrounds in Melbourne. The eastern side of the playground is suited to babies and toddlers, whereas the western side has been upgraded with a skate park and adventure playground for older children.

The skate park includes a multi-use court, and Ballam Park has a barbecue, picnic and toilet facilities.

Ballam Park, Cranbourne Road, Frankston

ballam Park

20. Jubilee Park, Frankston

Jubilee Park Frankston is a 13-hectare site which is home to cricket, football and netball clubs and a swimming pool – and an awesome maritime-themed playground!

Jubilee Park playground’s design takes inspiration from Frankston’s beach and bushland location, with references to native animals and sea life in the playground equipment.

Jubilee Park, Hillcrest Road, Frankston

Jubilee Park playground, Hillcrest Road, Frankston

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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