HOT: Box Hill Gardens, Box Hill

Nestled in the centre of bustling Box Hill Melbourne, and across the road from the Box Hill Hospital, you’ll find beautiful Box Hill Gardens.

Box Hill Gardens Entrance

The suburban oasis has always been popular and now with the Box Hill Gardens playground redevelopment, the park is even more impressive.

Box Hill Gardens Playground Scooter Track

Box Hill Gardens Playground

Box Hill Gardens playground redevelopment has been designed to provide the growing population in the surrounding area with a modern and appealing play space highlighted with purple hues.

Box Hill Gardens Playground Climbing Frame

Climb up the stairs (or the rock climbing wall) of the tower to the tall curled slide, or exit first down the shorter slide, or fireman’s pole.

Box Hill Gardens Slide Tower

Then clamber across, up and down many metres of rope climbing equipment.

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Box Hill Gardens Playground Rope Climb

A smaller climbing structure is more suited to younger children with shorter slides, ladder and climbing wall. A bunch of talk tubes have been installed through the playground to transfer important messages to friends!

There are two flying foxes with disc pommel seats….

Box Hill Gardens Playground Flying Fox
Box Hill Gardens Playground Flying Fox

….rockers, spinners, swings, basket swing…

Box Hill Gardens Playground Swing

…and one popular in-ground trampoline.

Box Hill Gardens Playground Trampoline

There is even parkour equipment for more adventurous, older children.

Box Hill Gardens Playground

I really like the landscaping of the playground too, with native bushes and plants enhancing the purple colour scheme of the playground equipment.

Box Hill Gardens Basketball Court

Once you’re done with the playground Box Hill Gardens also boasts a second play space – a multipurpose sports court and skate park.

Box Hill Gardens Multipurpose Courts

Elements of the former Tennis Club building have been incorporated into the multipurpose sports court, which features a basketball or netball court, table tennis tables and a rebound wall.

Box Hill Gardens Skate Bowl

The skate park is one big bowl and great training for little kids as the slopes are gentle.

Box Hill Gardens Skate Park

There is ample shade and curbside seating for spectators too.

Box Hill Gardens Seating

A 1km running track that circles the gardens provide further recreation opportunities, with the start and finish lines right near the multipurpose court. Adjacent to the track is a sealed path that provides all abilities access and makes for a fun scooter track – just be careful of pedestrians of course and try not to ride on the running track like Lady AB!

Box Hill Gardens Running Track

At the north-west of Box Hill Gardens, there is a smaller playground and a tranquil duck pond.

Box Hill Gardens Duck Pond

Another out of the ordinary feature is a small ‘xerophytic garden’. It’s two garden beds demonstrating how to landscape with plants requiring only a little water.

Box Hill Gardens Xerophytic Garden

Toilets, barbecue and picnic facilities are all available at Box Hill Gardens, plus the culinary delights of nearby Box Hill Central and Box Hill CBD make for a picnic that’s a bit more interesting than ham sandwiches. We like the generously proportioned Chinese pancakes from Pancake Village which are under $10!

Box Hill Central Pancake Village

Box Hill Gardens is worth a special trip to the east of Melbourne and it’s a lovely place to spend several hours. Take a ball, a bike or scooter and your running shoes and get active!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”thon-hot-tips-panel”] Tips for Box Hill Gardens:

  • Box Hill Gardens address is Irving Avenue Box Hill to be as close to the main play space as possible,
  • Toilet block,
  • Picnic and barbecue facilities,
  • Timed and ticketed parking available – take care to check signage;
  • 1km running track around the gardens,
  • Multi-use sports court;
  • skate park;
  • Box Hill Central and Box Hill CBD restaurants nearby.


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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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