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My kids and I have reviewed hundreds of playgrounds all over Melbourne and now I present – my curated list of Melbourne's best playgrounds. It was hard to stick to just a small number of playgrounds so I tried to avoid listing two playgrounds in the same suburb.
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Best Playgrounds Melbourne CBD
1. ArtPlay Playground, Melbourne
This playground is a regular CBD pit-stop due to it's convenient location. It's right next to ArtPlay and Fed Square, and really is one of the best playground Melbourne CBD.
There is play equipment built around a central boardwalk with a number of slides, a rope climbing structure, swings and a sandpit.
ArtPlay Playground, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
2. Ron Barassi Snr Park, Docklands
Ron Barassi Snr Park is on the north bank of Docklands and the site includes a sports field, pavilion, walking circuit and playground.
The Docklands playground includes a large climbing tower, tyre swing, sandpit and several water pumps. While playing, there is a lot to see with views of Melbourne Star, Bolte and Westgate bridges and usually at least a few cranes in the Docklands.
Ron Barassi Snr Park, Docklands Drive, Docklands
3. Point Park, Docklands
On the south bank of Docklands is an excellent park for kids called Harmony Garden built by Point Park's developers Mirvac in collaboration with Simon Ellis Landscape Architects and artists Neil McLachlan and Emilia Storm.
The playground is set out with different play spaces, including nature play, water play and musical instruments. It’s surrounded by native plants and blossom trees, giving the space an appealing natural aesthetic. In my book, this is one of the top playgrounds Melbourne has ever seen.
Harmony Garden, Point Park, Docklands
Best Playgrounds in Melbourne Northern Suburbs
4. Royal Park Nature Play, Parkville
Royal Park Playground is a Parkville park which is also known as the Royal Children's Hospital playground in Royal Park Parkville.
It's one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne city, with wooden and rope climbing structures, swings, slides and (as the name suggests) multiple opportunities for nature play.
Royal Park Nature Play also has a water play zone with a circle of jets, and a second area with several pumps that flow over rocks down to a sandpit.
Royal Park Nature Play playground, Gatehouse Street, Parkville
5. Gumnut Park and Adventure Playground, Donnybrook
This is a brilliant and unique playground designed to celebrate timber and the natural surrounding environment and was created as an essential early social building block for the development of a relatively new community situated within the suburb of Donnybrook.
On first sight it is impressive! There are three towers topped with huge timber gumnuts that children can climb up and inside then there are interconnecting tunnels that join the gumnut towers. Great big slides are how the kids get down from this wonderland. Down on the ground there is even more to discover. Mini trampolines, flying foxes, cubbies, a toddler-friendly area (a bit lower down than the giant gumnut towers), climbing frame and balance beams… the list goes on. There is even a skate ramp and BMX area as well as picnic spots and a cafe.
This is an epic playground in Melbourne’s north not to be missed.
Gumnut Park and Adventure Playground, 1025 Donnybrook Rd, Donnybrook
6. Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North
The playground on the south side of Edinburgh Gardens is large, AND fenced. There is lots of play equipment, including smaller equipment for toddlers.
Edinburgh Gardens is one of the best kids parks Melbourne northern suburbs. There are toilets outside the fenced area, as well as grassed spaces, sports grounds and an off leash dog park.
Edinburgh Gardens, Alfred Crescent, Fitzroy North
7. Harmony Park, Coburg
Harmony Park has three different play areas; play grounds, skate park and and grassy area. The playground is suitable for babies right through to older kids with multiple pieces of play equipment for active and imaginative play.
There are musical instruments throughout the space, and joyful images of children from many cultural backgrounds, both a nod to the park's name.
Harmony Park, Gaffney Street, Coburg
8. Coburg Lake, Coburg
Coburg Lake Reserve is a Coburg Park that won't just appeal to the locals. Its kids play park has two playgrounds, one with multiple play structures and swings, and another with flying fox, swings, see saw and a giant twister game.
Within Coburg Lake Reserve is also a bank of exercise equipment, the beautiful lake itself and toilet, picnic and barbecue facilities.
Coburg Lake Reserve, Murray Road, Coburg
9. Bundoora Park, Bundoora
When you're out with multiple young children parks with a fence around them make the trip much more enjoyable! Bundoora Park Playground is fully fenced and accessible playground. It is best for kids under 10, and has a distinct nod to farm life.
There is a cafe and visitors centre next to the playground, with toilets and change facilities. It's definitely one of the best fenced playgrounds in Melbourne.
Bundoora Park Playground, River Red Gum Avenue, Bundoora
10. Diamond Creek Regional Playspace, Diamond Creek
The Diamond Creek Regional Playspace was developed by Nillumbik Shire Council through collaboration with community groups, local business' and organisations.
In 2021 it won Parks & Leisure's award for ‘Best Playspace less than $500,000'.
11. Golden Sun Moth Park Playground, Craigieburn
The Golden Sun Moth is an endangered species endemic to the area. And this playground is dominated by a large moth shaped play structure, where each leg is a different type of equipment to climb up or down.
Golden Sun Moth Park Playground, Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn
12. Wallan Water Park, Wallan
Otherwise known as the Community Bank Adventure Playground at Hadfield Park Wallan, this Melbourne playground caters for all abilities.
There is a 5 storey wooden climbing fort, swings, a flying fox and a splash park. If you are planning to take advantage of the splash park, check that it's turned on prior to your visit.
Wallan Water Park, Queen St, Wallan
Best Playgrounds in Melbourne South & Bayside
13. 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 parks in Melbourne for babies. You'll need to supervise closely around water though, and there are lots of lovely hiding spots.
The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
14. Skinners Adventure Playground, South Melbourne
An expansive junkyard playground with multiple structures and opportunities for risky and imaginative play, Skinners is aimed at 5-12 year olds, but younger children will have lots of fun with a bit more supervision.
As this is one of the 5 staffed adventure playground Melbourne, it's best to call prior to visiting to confirm they'll be open to the public.
Skinners Playground, Dorcas Street, South Melbourne
15. 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, and arguably the best park in Melbourne for watching marine vessels of different types and sizes.
Maritime Cove, Perc White Reserve, The Boulevard, Port Melbourne
16. St Kilda Adventure Playground, St Kilda
This St Kilda playground is one of the best kids playground in Melbourne. It is one of the 5 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 Melbourne 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
17. 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
18. Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc
This Mordialloc Beach playground is a community park between the beach and the shopping strip. Which makes it one of Bayside Melbourne's best playgrounds.
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
19. 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, sand pits 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
20. 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 Foreshore 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
21. 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 Road Foreshore Playground, Brighton
22. 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 barbecue, picnic and toilet facilities.
Ballam Park playground, Cranbourne Road, Frankston
Best Playgrounds in Melbourne South Eastern Suburbs
Booran Reserve playground is a Glen Huntly park that has been labelled the best playground in Melbourne. The site was previously a water reservoir, which is reflected in elements of the design.
Booran Reserve has a sand play area, water play (which will definitely require towels and swimwear or a change of clothes), a large rope climbing structure, swings and two flying foxes. There are public toilets, picnic and barbecue facilities.
Visit and see why it's one of the best kids parks Melbourne has!
Booran Reserve, Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly
24. Thomas Street Reserve, Hampton
Thomas Street playground has been totally transformed and Bayside locals now have their first fully inclusive playspace, a place where everyone can play.
Key elements include a new castle and extensive accessible play equipment, a senior’s exercise area, picnic shelters, a Changing Places and public toilet facility.
The inclusive playground features wheelchair trampolines, flying foxes, slides, a range of swings, a parkour course and a water play area. The centrepiece of the playground is a timber castle, which carries forward the theme of the previously much-loved fort/castle structure, with turrets from the existing fort re-purposed in the new design.
Thomas Street Reserve, Thomas Street, Hampton
25. The Grange Reserve UFO Park, Clayton South
We love Melbourne playgrounds with a point of difference. 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
26. Jells Park, Wheelers Hill
Jells Park playspace is a vast nature-based playscape that caters for all abilities and a range of age groups. Local artists Jeanette Jennings and Kylie Crampton worked with local primary schools Jells Park PS and Wheelers Hill PS to create the mosaics used on the turtle and yabbie features.
Throughout the playscape, all areas are connected by paths that are suitable for all abilities, with flat, well-formed tracks and arterial tracks at 3m wide. There are two quiet spaces – one located at the lookout near entrance by the café, and the other space is near the spider web.
A Changing Places toilet with a full-size hoist and change table has been installed to support use of the playscape and the park by people with higher support needs
Jells Park, Enter off Waverley Road, just past the Waverley Womens Sports Centre, Wheelers Hill
27. Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley
In 2016 Valley Reserve won best new major playspace in Victoria. The nature playground takes its bush setting as its inspiration, with four different ‘zones’ built with mostly organic materials.
It's a kids playground Melbourne locals will visit again and again! With multiple shelters and a couple of unshaded barbecues, it's a great location to meet friends and spend a few hours.
Valley Reserve, 80 Waimarie Drive, Mt Waverley
28. Ray Bastin Reserve Playground, Narre Warren
This is a large space themed play ground with a huge rocket shaped structure with a curly enclosed slide. There is also a control panel made for hours of imaginative play.
Ray Basin Reserve Playground has picnic tables, barbecues and toilets.
Ray Bastin Reserve Playground, Norfolk Drive, Narre Warren
29. Casey Fields Playground, Cranbourne East
The facilities at Casey Fields make it one of the best Melbourne playgrounds. It has a long side build on a soft-fall mountain. There is also traditional play equipment, swings including a liberty swing and rope climbing structures built over an expansive sandpit.
The Casey Fields Playground is part of a huge site for outdoor sports, so there is ample space to throw a ball or a frisbee, and barbecue / picnic and toilet facilities.
Casey Fields Park, Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East
30. Livvi's Place, Clyde
Livvi's Place in Clyde is a delightful fully fenced all-abilities play space divided into four zones which pay homage to Clyde's natural history – Birds in Flight, Lettuce Farm, Amphibian zone and the Aquatic zone.
It also showcases an innovative model of designing, with empathy and story through play suitable for kids with autism and features sensory-rich play installations, designed with allied health professionals and behavioural therapists. The park interprets ASD behaviour and therapies, supporting children through selective, abstract, non-competitive play.
In 2021 it won the ‘Park of the Year' award at the Parks & Leisure Awards of Excellence.
Livvi's Place, 23 Merribrook Boulevard, Clyde
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Best Playgrounds in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs
31. Markham Reserve, Ashburton
There is a central ramp at the fully fenced Markham Reserve playground that has multiple entrances and exits to climb on and off. There are also flying foxes, a see saw and a sand pit with digger.
Outside the fences there are a community garden, sports grounds and skate park. Facilities at Markham Reserve include barbecue, picnic tables and toilets.
Markham Reserve Playground, Markham Avenue, Ashburton
32. Hays Paddock, Kew East
Hays Paddock playground is a gated all-abilities play space with two climbing forts, a sandpit and a bunch of swings. There are natural themes incorporated into the playground, and a viewing area of the adjacent wetlands.
Hays Paddock, Longstaff Street, Kew East
33. Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster East
If you’re looking for the best Doncaster parks then look no further than Ruffey Lake Park. There are three playgrounds at the expansive park, the best of which is at the eastern side (look for the large snake sculptures). This playground is best for 3+ as there is lots of climbing and some high structures.
Ruffey Lake Park, Victoria Street, Doncaster East
34. Box Hill Gardens, Box Hill
This elegant and popular park in Box Hill is enhanced by an awesome play space fringed by native flora, basketball courts, table tennis tables, skate bowl, miniature lake and even a perimeter running track!
Box Hill Gardens, Irving Avenue, Box Hill
35. Ringwood Lake Park, Ringwood
This popular playground also features water play, animal sculptures, a separate toddler area as well as facilities such as public toilets, barbecues and picnic tables.
36. Bayswater Train Park, Bayswater
The red train engine is the highlight of the park, and there is even a play ticket booth set up. There is also an extensive wooden fort structure, and a rope climbing structure with a slide down from the top.
Bayswater Park, Mountain Highway, Bayswater
37. Tim Neville Arboretum, Ferntree Gully
Tim Neville Arboretum Playground has a fairytale / medieval theme with features like a Loch Ness Monster, dragon and fortress, all inspiring imaginative play.
Tim Neville Arboretum Playground, Dorset Road, Ferntree Gully
38. Lillydale Lake, Lilydale
Lillydale Lake is a nature-based play space with sand and water play. There is also more traditional play equipment including a climbing fort, flying foxes, swings and monkey bars.
Lillydale Lake playground, Swansea Road, Lilydale
Best Playgrounds in Melbourne Western Suburbs
39. Footscray Park, Footscray
The Footscray Park playground is one of the play areas near me that includes water play. There are also flying foxes, swings, climbing equipment, a sandpit and some lovely musical instruments. Better still, it’s fenced, there are public toilets, water taps, picnic shelters and barbecues and shade from trees.
Footscray Park, Ballarat Rd, Footscray
40. Pipemakers Park, Maribyrnong
One of the best Melbourne playgrounds that has been recently constructed, Pipemakers Park is set in an area of Melbourne's Inner West with industrial history and a rich indigenous history.
The playground is split into sections, each with a totem/wayfinding sign that explains the Aboriginal name of the country and it's meaning. There is a sandpit, water play, space for imaginative play and a large climbing fort.
Pipemakers Park, 2 Van Ness Ave, Maribyrnong
41. Aeroplane Park, Braybrook
As one of a few children's playgrounds Melbourne has with an aviation theme, Aeroplane Park has lots of elements to climb, as well as swings, flying foxes and smaller elements like seesaws. There is a second larger structure that leads up to a long slide.
Lance Reichstein Playground, Churchill Ave, Braybrook
42. Curlew Community Park, Laverton
Curlew Community Park has play equipment, a sand pit and water pump, basket swing, half basketball court and a track for scooters, roller skates and more.
Curlew Community Park, Epsom Street, Laverton
43. Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie
Play on the Black Sapphire pirate ship, one of the best playgrounds in Melbourne for toddlers as the ship is designed for approximately 2 – 5 year olds (even though it looks lovely and big).
There is also a tower slide and rope climbing structure, a scooter track and nature play elements.
Pirate Ship Playground, The Boulevard, Aberfeldie
44. Buckingham Reserve, Sunshine West
Known as the Rocket Ship park, for the large rocket ship shaped tower that is visible right through the reserve. The rocket ship is home to a tall twisty slide, and there is also flying foxes and climbing equipment for older kids.
Buckingham Reserve Playground, Buckingham Crescent, Sunshine West
45. Sunvale Park, Sunshine
A skate park, water play, fun equipment and right near Sunshine CBD! Sunvale Community Park really is a hub for the local community.
Sunvale Community Park, Sunshine
46. Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Downs
Green Gully Reserve was upgrade in 2019 and you can’t miss the playspace thanks to the huge tall tower with two green twisting slides marking the playground! If height was a factor, you could argue it's the biggest playground in Melbourne!
Green Gully Reserve, 151C Green Gully Road, Keilor Downs
47. Ashcroft Park, Williams Landing
One of the best parks for kids that are aviation obsessed, this playground is inspired by the nearby RAAF base, with a large aircraft control tower themed structure in the centre.
There is also a smaller play structure for younger children, and a sand pit with diggers, scoops and chutes.
Ashcroft Park, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing
48. Crocodile Park, Point Cook
Part of the Saltwater Coast residential development, Crocodile Park is open to everyone with a playground, boardwalk and barbecue area.
The playground includes a play structure, and a water play area with a large crocodile at the centre, and a stream running into a wading pool and water jets.
Crocodile Park, Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook
49. Wyndham Park, Werribee
Wyndham Park has two huge playgrounds, exercise equipment, picnic facilities, walking tracks and improved cycling paths. You can spend a whole day there!
Wyndham Park, 54 Comben Drive, Werribee
50. Aeroplane Park, Tarneit
The main feature of this playground is the large aeroplane play structure, named Grove Wings 3029. It has a climbing structure, swings and cockpit built for some imaginative play.
Aeroplane Park, Stanhope Road, Tarneit
51. Frontier Park, Rockbank
Part of Woodlea, Frontier Park has quality equipment, with three big tree house structures to climb between, a sandpit, water play and some nature play space.
There is also a small skate park perfect for scooting on and a basketball court. It's one of the most versatile childrens parks in the west.
Frontier Park, Woodlea, Frontier Ave, Rockbank
52. Navan Park, Melton
Out of all the park in Melton, Navan Park is a childrens park that caters for babies right through to older kids, and is an all-abilities play space.
The playground is easy to spot within the park as it has a rocket ship shaped tower in the centre. There is also other play equipment, sand play, paths to scoot on and lots of grassed areas.
Navan Park, Centenary Avenue, Melton
And that concludes my list of Melbourne's best playgrounds. Aren't we so lucky to have so many awesome playgrounds and parks right here in our city? Let me know which one you and your kids love in the comments below!