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13 Best Playgrounds South East Melbourne

Looking for the best playgrounds in South East Melbourne? These play spaces are some of the best playgrounds in Melbourne!

You can find these playgrounds in Melbourne south-eastern suburbs within the City of Glen Eira, Monash, Greater Dandenong and Casey. 

Best Playgrounds South East Melbourne – Glen Eira

The City of Glen Eira covers the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne that are closest to the city, but its playgrounds are still expansive! Here are some of the best kids playgrounds in Glen Eira.

1. Booran Reserve, Glen Huntly

Booran Reserve playground is a Glen Huntly park that has been labelled as one of the best playgrounds in south east Melbourne. It cost a whopping $10 million to build!

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.

Booran Reserve, Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly

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Booran Reserve

2. Caulfield Park, Caulfield

This huge space boasts three playgrounds, one of which has a super-fun slide! The largest playground is overlooked by large established trees, picnic tables and barbecues and a toilet block, meaning it caters well for all-day play.

Caulfield Park, Caulfield North

Caulfield Park playgrounds slide

3. Murrumbeena Park, Murrumbeena

Murrumbeena Park is popular with locals and playground-goers from further afield as it has different zones to cater to varied ages and abilities. There is a nature play areas, and flying foxes as well as swings and traditional playground equipment.

There are picnic shelters and barbecues as well as toilets at Murrumbeena Park.

Murrumbeena Park, Kangaroo Road, Murrumbeena

Murrumbeena Park, 37 Kangaroo Road, Murrumbeena

Best Playgrounds in South Eastern Melbourne – Monash

City of Monash has some fabulous children’s playgrounds for all ages!

4. 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.

Valley Reserve is a wonderful way for kids of all ages to challenge their climbing skills as well as featuring a quieter sandpit and dry creek course.

Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley

Bird sculpture at Valley Reserve Mt Waverley

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5. Central Reserve Playground, Glen Waverley

Central Reserve Playground is not particularly new or original – but it is huge! The mostly plastic and wood structure also features lots of ramps for crawlers, short tunnels, slides and stairs. 

The playground is part of a larger recreational reserve with ovals, bowls clubs, athletics track and skate park.

Central Reserve Playground, 402 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley

Best Playgrounds in South Eastern Melbourne – City of Greater Dandenong

In the City of Greater Dandenong, you’ll find the best playgrounds in big parks in the area. 

6. Dandenong Park, Dandenong

Dandenong Park was established over 100 years ago and runs along Dandenong Creek. As well as the big fully-fenced and shaded playground you’ll find a skate park, basketball court,  regional bike trail and Shepley Oval, the historic home for Dandenong Park’s sports facilities.

Dandenong Park, Dandenong

Dandenong Park Playground

7. Burden Park, Springvale

Burden Park features a huge wooden adventure playground with lots of swings, sandpit and climbing forts and turrets plus nooks and crannies to hide in.

The park also has large open areas for general use with BBQs and picnic facilities close by.

Burden Park, Cnr Heatherton Rd and Springvale Rd,  Springvale South

Best Playgrounds in Melbourne’s South East – Casey

 
Families in Casey are spoilt when it comes to playgrounds, with big parks being built in new housing estates and older playgrounds undergoing upgrades under the council’s Playground Strategy.

8. Casey Fields Playground, Cranbourne East

This huge playground is arguably one of the best adventure playgrounds in Melbourne!

This playground 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

Casey Fields playground

9. Pioneers Park Playground, Berwick

This popular playground is located next to Primary @ Pioneers Park Café, making it a great playground and cafe combo.

The equipment is suited to older children and the huge park areas are great for picnics and ballgames. 

Pioneers Park Playground, Berwick

10. Trueman Reserve, Cranbourne West

A big bold orange playground in the Clarinda Park housing estate. There’s lots of equipment to keep big and little kids occupied but note that there’s no shade. 

Trueman Reserve, Cranbourne West

Trueman Reserve cranbourne west

11. Berwick Water Grand Prix Park, Clyde North

Get ready to roll at this Grand Prix-themed playground inside the housing estate Berwick Waters! 

Take your bike and scooter and race your friends and family along the perimeter track!

Berwick Waters Grand Pix playground, Clyde North

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Berwick Waters Grand Prix Park playground

12. Old Cheese Factory, Berwick

The Old Cheese Factory in Berwick is a historical community space and the play area is cheese and farm-themed, of course! 

The playground is particularly good for toddlers as the equipment is not too challenging, while still being loads of fun for older kids.

You can also visit the Homestead Cafe, enjoy a picnic and go for a walk around the grounds and see the 1860s historic Springfield Homestead, Cheese Factory and Kitchen Wash House. A Farmer’s Market is on every second Saturday of the month.

Old Cheese Factory, Homestead Road, Berwick

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Old Cheese Factory Berwick

13. 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


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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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