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84 Best Free Water Parks in Melbourne & Victoria

Cool off with free water play at a water park near you in Melbourne and Regional Victoria!

All of these parks with water play are free to visit except for the ones located in the zoos. I’ve still included them because as a Zoos Victoria member you get unlimited entry for 12 months.

Also note that water jets are not always turned on so it’s worth calling ahead (if possible) to check.

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Water Play Melbourne – CBD / DOCKLANDS

1. Harmony Garden, Docklands

Harmony Garden is part of the Yarra’s Edge residential development. It offers a water pump pouring onto a winding creek bed and excellent views of the Yarra River.

There is also more traditional play equipment, nature play and excellent grassy slopes for rolling down.

Harmony Garden, 1 Point Park Crescent, Yarra’s Edge, Docklands

point park yarra's edge

2. Ron Barassi Snr Park, Docklands

This Docklands playground offers multiple water pumps and a water channel surrounded with bluestone pavers.  There is a huge sandpit with sand play scoops which go hand in hand with water play.

This playground also offers a climbing tower with two long slides, tyre swing and is in proximity to other Dockland attractions.

Ron Barassi Snr Park, 509 – 529 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Ron Barassi Snr Park

3. Coles Fountain, Parliament Gardens Reserve

Cool off by strolling through the refreshing cascades of water at Coles Fountain, nestled in Parliament Gardens Reserve, where stainless steel meets bluestone paving.

Parliament Gardens Reserve, Cnr Spring St & Albert Street, Melbourne

4. Library at the Dock, Docklands

This is a relatively small water play area adjacent to a fort-like play space, but it definitely warrants a visit as an add-on to spending some time at the well equipped and well designed Library at the Dock.

Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

Library at the Dock

Water Play Parks Melbourne – NORTH

5. Bundoora Park Play Space, Bundoora

Part of a fully fenced and accessible play space, this water play area offers a hand pump and jets on a sand table.

It was turned off during our visit, so I suggest enquiring prior to your visit to avoid disappointment.

Bundoora Park Play Space, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora

Bundoora Park Playspace, 1069 Plenty Rd, Bundoora

 6. Livvi’s Place, Cragieburn ANZAC Park, Craigieburn

Part of an accessible play space with nature play elements and play equipment, this park offers a turning tap leading to a stream.  When we visited a cascading water table was being installed.

Livvi’s Place, Craigieburn ANZAC Park, Cnr Aitken Boulevard and Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

 7. Melbourne Zoo Water Play, Parkville

Lion Gorge at Melbourne Zoo is designed around the concept of a waterhole and houses lions, African wild dogs and a Phillipines Crocodile.  It extends into the Carnivores trail.

The water hole in the design incorporates a realistic crocodile sculpture and spurting fountains that land in a shallow creek bed, perfect for cooling down in warmer months.

Lion Gorge at Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville

water play melbourne zoo

8. Royal Park Nature Play, Parkville

Adjacent to the Royal Children’s Hospital, this is an expansive playground with swings, two substantial wooden climbing structures, slides, a big hill nearby to roll down and water play.

The water play has two areas; a flat section with water jets and a stream shaped structure surrounded by jets with water pumps / fountains leading into a sandpit at the bottom.   Lady AB and Baby 2.0 gravitate to the water play area, so a change of clothes or swimwear are needed.

Royal Park Nature Play, Gatehouse Street, Parkville

Royal Park Playground

9. Bryant Family Reserve, Oak Park

Bryant Family Reserve is a playground in Oak Park that was upgraded in 2018 to include a nature play space with a water pump that fills a channel that winds down a gradual decline.

There is also traditional play equipment, a drink tap and a picnic table.

Bryant Family Reserve, 1A Francis St, Oak Park

10. Eltham Lower Park Playspace, Eltham

A fully fenced accessible play space themed around the Eltham Copper Butterfly (an endangered species indigenous to the area) with a small water play area and accessible sandpit.

Eltham Lower Park Playspace, Diamond Valley Rail Park, Main Road, Eltham

Eltham Lower Park playspace

 11. Community Bank Adventure Playground Hadfield Park, Wallan

This is an all abilities playground with a multi-storey climbing fort, swings, flying foxes, a sandpit and water play.

The splash park was under maintenance when we visited, so we recommend checking it will be turned on when you plan to visit.

Community Bank Adventure Playground, Hadfield Park, Cnr Northern Highway and Queen Street, Wallan

Hadfield Park Wallan

 12. Clydevale Park, Clyde North

Clydevale Park is part of the Clydevale precinct, and has a small sandpit with a water pump that trickles over stones and into the sand.

Clydevale Park, Murphy Street, Clyde North

 13. Cloverton Estate, Kalkallo

Cloverton Estate offers an all-abilities playground with a variety of interesting equipment.  This includes a water fountain, perfect for play in the warmer months.

Cloverton Estate, Cnr Dwyer Street and Design Way, Kalkallo

14. Mill Park All Abilities Play Space, Mill Park

Splash into fun at Mill Park All Abilities Play Space, where the fenced water play area features accessible tables, shooting jets, misting rings, and manual pumps. Open from 8 am to 8 pm in summer, with the tables available year-round.

Mill Park All Abilities Play Space, 40 Morang Drive, Mill Park

15. Anthony Beale Reserve Play Space, Greensborough

At Anthony Beale Reserve Play Space in scenic St. Helena, kids can engage with nature at the sandpit creek water feature, complete with hand pump and sluice gates.

It’s a beautiful park, with views from the elevated 10.12-hectare reserve, sports ovals, a playground, and diverse bushland.

Anthony Beale Reserve Play Space, 277 St Helena Rd, Greensborough

16. Aston Fields Playground, Craigieburn

A big playground as part of the Peet Aston development in Craigieburn.  Includes play equipment, a scooter ramp, half basketball court and water play.

The water play includes a pump, multi tiered channel leading into a stream on the ground with a sluice.

Aston Fields Playground, Vantage Blvd, Craigieburn

Free Water Playground Melbourne – SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

17. North Road Foreshore Playground, Brighton

Head to North Road Foreshore Playground for water play under the see-saw activated sprinklers, then play on the swings, climbing structures and mini trampolines all with fantastic views of Port Phillip Bay.

North Road Foreshore Playground, 1 North Road, Brighton

north road playground

 18. Booran Reserve, Glen Huntly

Booran Reserve is an award winning playground with swings, flying foxes, a large climbing structure, a multi-level sand pit with water play and a dedicated water play space with water jets and stepping stones.  I definitely recommend towels and bathers at Booran Reserve!

Booran Reserve, Cnr Booran Road and Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly

Booran Reserve

 19. Children’s Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra

The Ian Potter Foundation Childrens Garden is a beautiful play space that inspires imaginative play.  It has a sandpit, stream, pond and water jets that are turned on when the temperature is over 25 degrees.

There are lots of shaded areas, and the garden is fully fenced, but some of the water features are quite deep requiring supervision.

Ian Potter Foundation Childrens Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Children's Garden Royal Botanic Gardens

20. Encore Boulevard Reserve Playground, Cranbourne South

In addition to the standout feature of the ‘bumpy slide,’ the Encore Boulevard Reserve Playground boasts a water pump situated atop a slope, along with a network of channels and sluice gates that guide the water flow into the sandpit below.

Encore Boulevard Reserve Playground, Encore Blvd, Cranbourne South 

21. Maritime Cove, Port Melbourne

Maritime cove offers climbing equipment, a long slide, sand play and two separate water play areas.  The first is a smaller area with a water pump and channel and there is a separate area with several sprinklers spraying water overhead.

Maritime Cove, Perc White Reserve, Cnr The Blvd and Todd Road, Port Melbourne

maritime cove port melbourne

22. Smith Lane Adventure Park, Clyde North

Smith Lane Adventure Park boasts an exciting water play area, perfect for the little kids. 

Starting at a soft mound, a flowing stream runs through the playground, cascading down a rocky channel and featuring balance beams. The stream expands into a shaded zone with sluice gates, hand pumps, and water sprays. Additionally, the park offers picnic facilities and toilets.

Smith Lane Adventure Park, Grazing Wy, Clyde North

23. Plum Garland Playground, Albert Park

Plum Garland is a delightful fully fenced playground with swings, a climbing fort, a flat spinning disc and plenty of sand to play with.  There is a water pump with channel and a small area with water jets.  You also get a great view of ships in Port Phillip Bay.

Plum Garland Playground, Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park

plum garland playground albert park

24. Livvi’s Place Edgebrook Playground, Clyde

Nestled in Clyde’s serene landscape, Livvi’s Place Edgebrook Playground offers an inclusive haven for families, with water sensory zones, tranquil spaces, and a flight deck awaiting exploration. 

Designed with careful consideration for children and families living with autism, this playground, situated in Stockland’s Edgebrook estate, provides a welcoming environment for all. 

Children can delight in the interactive water pump, cascading water onto rocks, flowing through sluice gates, and past a whimsical giant frog, adding an extra touch of wonder to their playtime adventures.

Livvi’s Place Edgebrook Playground, 23 Merribrook Bvd, Clyde

25. Australian Garden, Cranbourne

The Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, has a rockpool water way with water up to about ankle depth.

I suggest that smaller children will need an adults help as the ground is uneven. The gardens also have a playground and other areas designed for children.

Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Cnr Ballato Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne

Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

 26. Dandenong Park, Dandenong

Dandenong park offers a playground with equipment to play on., swings and a large sandpit.  A tap (complete with automatic stopper) runs over the sandpit for water play, and there is also a digger and stepping stones.

Dandenong Park, 174 Lonsdale Street Dandenong

 27. Harleston Park, Elsternwick

This beautiful playground includes traditional play equipment and water play in the stream. There is plenty of natural shade and toilets as well as space to set up a picnic.

Harleston Park, 40 Allison Road, Elsternwick

Harleston Park Elsternwick

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28. Ballam Park Reserve East Playground, Frankston

Ballam Park offers expansive open spaces teeming with recreational amenities, including two playgrounds, a basketball half-court, tennis wall, walking trails, ovals, and an athletics track. 

Among its attractions upgraded in 2022, is a dynamic water play park, featuring numerous fountains of varying heights and strengths and a large splash pad. Another two designated areas offer gentler water play, ideal for younger children, where pump taps gently trickle into a sandpit.

Ballam Park Reserve East Playground, 256 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

29. Bunjil Place, Narre Warren

The front of Bunjil Place forms an outdoor community plaza.  There is a small playground and a splash pad surrounded by bean bags.

Bunjil Place, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

Bunjil Place

30. Harleston Park Playground, Elsternwick

At Harleston Park Playground, families can enjoy the excitement of the ‘longest slide in Glen Eira’ alongside a charming water play area. Water squirts out from a rock and flows down a long creek bed, adding to the park’s allure amidst historic trees and picnic facilities.

Harleston Park Playground, 47 Allison Rd, Elsternwick

31. Kingston Heath Reserve and Botanic Gardens, Cheltenham

As well as sports fields and play equipment, Kingston Heath Reserve has sand play, a rocky stream and water spray arches.  There are shelters and natural shade.

Kingston Heath Reserve and Botanic Gardens, Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham

32. Deep Creek Eco Play, Packenham

A unique all abilities playground centred by a huge dragon fly sculpture. The water play is under shelter and features different sprinklers and channels.

Deep Creek Eco Play, Deep Creek Reserve, End of Cameron Way, Pakenham

Deep Creek Eco Play Pakenham

33. North Road Foreshore Playground, Brighton

At North Road Reserve Playground in Brighton, little adventurers can set sail on the Rotary Endeavour II before enjoying the sandpit shaded by sails. 

With a whimsical water pump and sprinklers mounted on poles, (that are activated by the playful seesaw!), kids can embark on aquatic escapades, adding an extra splash of fun to their seaside adventure.
North Road Foreshore Playground, 1 North Rd, Brighton

34. Jells Park Yabbie Hill Playspace, Wheelers Hill

The expansive Jells Park playspace offers a nature-inspired playground suitable for various abilities and age ranges. Collaborating with local primary schools, artists Jeanette Jennings and Kylie Crampton crafted stunning mosaics adorning features like the turtle and yabbie.

Kids can dive into imaginative play at the vast sandpit, where a giant turtle has left its eggs, and enjoy water fun with a pump and sand and water play tables.

Jells Park, Enter off Waverley Road, just past the Waverley Womens Sports Centre, Wheelers Hill

35. Waverley Park Lake Playground, Mulgrave

At Waverley Park Regional, kids of all ages can enjoy a diverse array of play equipment, including tunnel slides, swings, and a small water play area that has a pump and winding path featuring sluice gates. 

Complete with picnic tables, BBQ facilities, and scenic walking tracks, it’s a playground paradise for families to explore and unwind.

Waverley Park Regional, Cavenagh Blvd, Mulgrave

Free Water Parks Melbourne – EAST

36. Wombat Bend playground

A fully fenced playground with shaded areas to set up, Wombat Bend offers equipment including flying foxes, a bat winged spinning wheel and a sandpit with water play. I suggest you BYO bucket and spade like many children we saw there.

Wombat Bend playground,  Templestowe Road and Union Street, Lower Templestowe

37. Lillydale Lake Playspace

A recently replaced nature-based playground, Lillydale Lake Playspace offers play equipment, plus a small stream with water pumps and dams, a splash pad and sand pits with inbuilt bowls and ridges that encourage children to mix sand and water.

Lillydale Lake Playspace, 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale

Lillydale Lake Playspace Lilydale

38. Emerald Lake Park Wading Pool, Emerald

During summer, visitors can enjoy the free wading pool adjacent to the stunning Emerald Lake Park, with water depths ranging from 50 to 90cm. Great for preschool kids, this shallow pool is a delightful addition to the park’s attractions, open from November to March between 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

Visit Puffing Billy, or grab lunch at the visitors centre there. 

Emerald Lake Park Wading Pool, Emerald Lake Rd, Emerald 

39. Melba Park playground

As well as play equipment, Melba Park playground has a big sandpit with a water pump and channel.

Melba Park Playground, Market Street, Lilydale

Melba Park Lilydale

40. Greythorn Park Playground, Balwyn North

At Greythorn Park, families can enjoy a nice day out amid generous open space and tall tree canopies providing ample shade. The playground, inspired by the site’s history as an animal sanctuary, features a small water play area with a hand pump, where water trickles along a concrete path, adding to the park’s charm and fun.

Greythorn Park Playground, Frank St, Balwyn North

41. Halliday Park

Halliday Park has equipment for younger and older children, some all abilities features and a hand water pump that releases water to trickle down past two sluice gates.

Halliday Park, 310 Mitcham Road, Mitcham

Halliday Park Mitcham

 42. Ruffey Lake

Amongst play equipment and flying foxes, the play space at Ruffey Lake has a multi-level sandpit and a nature-inspred water play area with a pump and river bed channel.

Ruffey Lake, 99 Victoria Street, Doncaster

Ruffey Lake Park, 99 Victoria St, Doncaster

 43. Ringwood Lake Park

An accessible playground, Ringwood Lake Park has been upgraded, and takes inspiration from the trees it’s surrounded by.  There is a creek area for sand and water play.

Ringwood Lake Park, 172 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

ringwood lake park

44. Springvale Community Hub Playground

This is a new playground at the back of the Springvale Library and Town Hall. It has a large climbing structure, swings, other equipment and a water tap that spills down a channel into a sandpit. There is a BBQ / picnic area at the playground.

Springvale Community Hub Playground, Grace Park Avenue Springvale

Free Waterpark Melbourne – WEST

45. Navigation Park Playground, Tarneit

From the water-squirting elephant in the Water Zone to the spinning roundabout and mini trampolines, there’s no shortage of adventures waiting to be had at Navigation Park Playground. 

With a fantastic range of play equipment including a lookout tower with slides, swings and a basketball court, there’s something for everyone. 

There’s even a BBQ pavilion and picnic area for a perfect day out.

Navigation Park Newhaven, Navigation Drive, Tarneit 

46. Sunvale Community Park, Sunshine

The Sunvale Community Park includes a playground, fitness equipment, skate park, water play and ball games space.

There are two water play zones, one with overhead sprinkers above a splash pad and a second with a water pump flowing into a small creek area.

Sunvale Community Park, 20 Neil Street, Sunshine

Sunvale Community Park

47. Crocodile Park, Point Cook

Part of the Saltwater Coast residential development, Crocodile Park sits amongst wetlands. There is a climbing fort, slides, see saw and smaller pieces of play equipment.

A crocodile sculpture spurts water into a small wading pool that flows through stepping stones and ends in a circular feature with water jets.

Crocodile Park, Cnr Citybay Drive and Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

crocodile park point cook

48. Hippo Beach and Village Kids at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Adjacent to the live hippos, Hippo Beach at Werribee Open Range Zoo has sand and water play.  There is a water pump with adjustable channels and multiple water jets surrounding large hippo sculptures.

Hippo Beach and Village Kids, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South

hippo beach werribee zoo

49. Carinya Village Park Playground, Werribee

Whilst the playground is more suited to older kids, the small water play area can be a lot of fun for little ones. With a pump leading water through channels, kids can explore have a good play. There’s a grassy area with picnic tables and BBQs, however no toilet feacilities.

Carinya Village Park Playground, Jindalee Wy &, Morialta Cct, Werribee

50. Riverwalk Village Park, Werribee

As well as play equipment, Riverwalk Village Park has a large water play park.

Between October and March the water park is open from 9am to 8am, and between April and September it’s open from 10am to 5pm.  The water jets are active when the temperature reaches over 25 degrees.  When the temperature is lower the other water features are still in action.

Riverwalk Village Park, Riverwalk Estate, Newmarket Road, Werribee

riverwalk water park

51. Harpley Reserve, Werribee

Harpley Reserve is part of a new Werribee residential development, Harpley Estate.  As well as an adventure playground, there is nature inspired play and a water tap.

Harpley Reserve, Black Forest Road, Werribee

harpley estate playground

 52. Buckingham Reserve, Sunshine West

The most obvious feature at Buckingham Reserve is the large rocket ship climbing structure with winding slide.  But there is also a fabulous water play area with a system to draw up water and water channel.

Buckingham Reserve, Buckingham Crescent, Sunshine West

Buckingham Reserve

 53. Verona Drive Reserve

Amongst other play equipment, Verona Drive Reserve has a sandpit with digger, and a small water play area with a pump to one side.

Verona Drive Reserve, Verona Drive, Taylors Lakes

54. Atherstone Playground

Atherstone Playground has some accessible features amongst the equipment that will suit babies right up to older children.

There is a water play table, water pump and taps pouring onto a water channel and lots of sand play opportunities too.

Atherstone Playground (Bridge Road Regional Playspace), Bridge Road, Melton South

atherstone-playground-bridge-road-regional-playspace-melton-south

55. Frontier Park

Part of the Woodlea housing estate in Rockbank, Frontier Park has play equipment (including three treehouse structures), swings, a rope obstacle course and a sandpit surrounded by a water play area.

The water play includes a water pump and a shallow channel including water sprays, chutes and a dam.

Frontier Park, Frontier Avenue, Woodlea, Rockbank

Frontier Park

56. Barrabool Boulevard Playground, Mambourin

The Barrabool Boulevard Playground boasts a fun water play area featuring interactive log see-saws that trigger water sprays and a pump system. Kids can crafty by manipulating the water flow, creating ponds, or directing it downstream.

Barrabool Bvd, Mambourin

57. Wyndham Park, Werribee

Wyndham Park Werribee, located on the banks of the Werribee River, has been newly upgraded. The park includes new playgrounds, exercise equipment and recreational areas.

Included in the new space is a nature play area with water play included, with the opportunity to make dams and streams, and a sand pit and digger to add to the fun.

Wyndham Park, Entry via Wedge St Piazza, Watton St Werribee

Wyndham Park
Wyndham Park

58. Donald McLean Reserve, Spotswood

Take your family on an exciting day out to Donald McLean Reserve in Spotswood. The park offers a wide range of activities for kids, including a newly upgraded playground, bike track, and water play area.

Enjoy picnics, sports, and nature-based play in this vibrant outdoor space. Perfect for parents seeking a lively and engaging outing with their children.

Donald McLean Reserve Playground, The Avenue, Spotswood

Donald McLean Reserve
Donald McLean Reserve

For a smaller amount of fun waterplay for kids, the following parks in the WEST offer a little bit of a small amount of water play, such as a water pump.

  • Jubilee Park, Wyndham Vale
  • Brooklyn Reserve Playground, Brooklyn
  • Lollipop Hill Playground, Manor Lakes

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59. Seville Water Play Park, Seville

Built in the former Seville Memorial Swimming Pool, the Seville splash park has water jets and non-slip rubber surfaces in the old pool area and boulders and stormwater drains to clamber over at the other end. 

At this water playground, the seating areas aren’t shaded, but there are shaded grass areas.

Seville Water Play Park, 20 Monbulk-Seville Road, Seville

Seville Water Park

60. Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville

Healesville Sanctuary has multiple kids’ play areas, including Future Vets inside the Australian Wildlife Health Centre. Adjacent to the Pavilion Cafe and Reptile House is a nature play space with a fun water play area.

Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Healesville

nature play healesville sanctuary

61. Warburton Water World, Warburton

Using the space where there was previously a swimming pool, Warburton Water World is a brand new water play park that includes a drenching bucket.

At this fantastic splash park for kids, there are also toilets, picnic and barbecue facilities.

Warburton Water World, 20 Woods Point Road, Warburton

62. Olinda Playspace, Olinda

Olinda Playspace is a stunning nature-based playground in the Dandenong Ranges.

The kids water play area features two water play tables as well as a pump that trickles downhill.

Olinda Playspace, 75-77 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Olinda Playspace Water play

63. Poppy Kettle Playground, Geelong

At Western Beach in Geelong, the Poppy Kettle Playground features a charming rock garden adorned with interactive water play fountains. Kids will love spotting the adorable sculptures nestled among the rocks, too.

Poppy Kettle Playground, Western Beach Rd, Geelong

64. Eastern Beach Reserve, Geelong

Eastern Beach Reserve is in Geelong’s CBD and includes a sea bath, children’s pool, playground and water fountains. With a playground right next to it, this is one of our favourite outdoor water parks!

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong

Eastern Beach Geelong

65. Creswick Splash Park, Creswick

The Creswick Splash Park offers a diverse range of activities including BMX biking, scootering, skateboarding, and a water play area for summer fun. The waterplay area offers exciting features such as splashing buckets, shooting water fountains, a playful pig, and numerous water tunnels for children to explore.

Additionally, visitors can utilise the outdoor fitness area, though parking is limited, and the park is within walking distance from the town centre.

Creswick Water Splash Park, 46 Albert St, Creswick

66. McKenzie Reserve, Yarra Glen

McKenzie Reserve offers opportunities for imaginative and physical play.  There is a partially shaded sandpit with a small rock waterfall and water play.

McKenzie Reserve, Cnr Anzac Avenue and Bell Street, Yarra Glen

mckenzie reserve yarra glen

67. Heathcote Playspace, Heathcote

Set in a picturesque location on High Street, the Heathcote Playspace beckons families with its creative grape vine design and array of play equipment. Let your kids climb, swing, slide, and explore in this delightful playground. The water play includes a pump, large bucket and creek bed.

With accessible swings and amenities nearby, Barrack Recreation Reserve is the ideal spot for a memorable day trip with the family. Enjoy a family day out with BBQs, shelters, and nearby attractions along the O’Keefe Rail Trail.

Heathcote Playspace, 126 High Street, Heathcote

68. Kyneton Community Park

Refurbished tractors and other agriculturally inspired elements of the Kyneton Community Park are a nod to the area’s history.

There is a ropes course, a basket swing and a sand pit with rocks and native grasses. The water play area includes a splash pad with smaller bubblers and larger jets, and runs from early December to late March.

Kyneton Community Park, 24/14 Clowes Street, Kyneton

kyneton community park

 69. Civic Park Playground, Drouin

The recently constructed playground at Drouin Civic Park features a water play section with a tap, pipes, water play tables, and a creek bed. Other features include great paths for bikes or scooters as well as trampolines, slides, and a sandpit.

Civic Park Playground, Brynwood Ave, Drouin

70.  Midlands Reserve Water Play Facility, Ballarat

Midlands Reserve features water jets, an arch and dumping buckets. There are shaded areas and public toilets.

Midlands Reserve Water Play Facility, Doveton Street, North Ballarat

Sebastopol Water Play Park Ballarat

71. Sebastopol Outdoor Water Play Facility, Sebastopol

Sebastopol includes multiple water jets and spray arches, with shade structures to one side.

Sebastopol Outdoor Water Play Facility, Victory Park, Vickers Street, Ballarat/Sebastopol

72. Livvi’s Place Victoria Park Inclusive Playspace, Ballarat

This all abilities playground includes swings, flying foxes, climbing and play equipment, sandpits and water play area.

This area has water taps, a water table and concrete with channels cut into it for the water to flow through.

Livvi’s Place Victoria Park Inclusive Playspace, Elm Avenue, Ballarat/Newington

Victoria Park Inclusive Play Space Ballarat

73. Marysville Kin Playspace, Marysville

Nestled beside a picturesque creek in Marysville, the Murchison Street Play Space offers a delightful escape for families. Children can embark on archaeological adventures in the sandpit, digging for dinosaur bones, while the superb water play area features an auger for drawing up water, adding an extra splash of excitement to their outdoor escapades.

Marysville Kin Playspace, 3 Murchison Street, Marysville

74. Gallipoli Park, Marysville

Gallipoli Park was redeveloped after the 2009 bushfires and has an extensive playspace with equipment including a sandpit and water play area.

Gallipoli Park, 31 Falls Road, Marysville

75. Bright Splash Park, Bright

Alongside Bright’s river pool in Centenary Park, the splash park offers water jets, arches spraying water, elevated pipes and a dumper bucket.

Bright Splash Park, Centenary Park, Canyon Walk, Bright

76. Patterson Park Water Play Park, Metung

Patterson Park has play equipment constructed mostly from wood, natural elements, a basket swing and a small water play area with water jets.  There is also a sand pit.

Patterson Park Water Play Park, 63 Metung Road, Metung

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77. Lake Weeroona Adventure Playground, Bendigo

Situated along the tranquil shores of Lake Weeroona in Bendigo, you’ll find a spacious fully fenced playground. The main structure offers an array of ramps, tunnels, slides, swings, and bridges, all set upon soft fall ground. 

Additionally, families can enjoy a charming water play area adorned with fountains and water trails, complemented by natural shade and seating options both within and outside the fenced area. This includes shelters with tables, toilets, and a convenient coffee van.

Lake Weeroona Adventure Playground, Napier St, Bendigo

78. Long Gully Splash Park, Bendigo

Long Gully Splash Park is a gold rush themed park with touch pad activated water play areas, a dry park and shaded seating.  The water play is expected to be operational between October and the last Sunday in March.

Long Gully Splash Park, 14-38 Creeth Street, Bendigo

79. Eaglehawk ‘Mulga Bill’ Playspace, Bendigo

The Mulga Bill playspace is inspired by the poem set in Eaglehawk (a suburb of Bendigo), and is in the shape of its namesake bird.

It has a sand pit and water pump, as well as extensive equipment and imaginative play opportunities.  It is adjacent to a lake where a sculpture of Mulga Bill’s legs stick out of the water.

Eaglehawk ‘Mulga Bill’ Playspace, Napier Street, Bendigo/Eaglehawk

Eaglehawk Playground Bendigo

80. Mitchell Avenue Water Play Park, Wangaratta

This Wangaratta Splash Park offers a range of water play options, including water cannons and dumping buckets, to keep the kids entertained and cool on hot days.

Mitchell Avenue Water Play Park, 26 Mitchell Ave, Wangaratta

81. Yarrawonga Splash Park, Yarrawonga

Open from December to after Easter, this water play park has a (paid) water slide and kiosk too.  There are motion activated water features and a shaded rotunda area.  I recommend checking the opening hours the day you are visiting to make the most of your trip.

Yarrawonga Splash Park, Bank Street, Yarrawonga

82. Mildura Water Play Park, Mildura

Mildura’s water play park (with a riverside position) is a kid’s paradise.  There are pumps, weirs, sensory stones, bridges, fountains and shaded and sunny spots.

Water Play Park, Hugh King Drive, Mildura

mildura water park

83. Benalla Splash Park, Benalla

From blade sprays to water arches, there’s plenty for kids to explore and enjoy at Benalla Splash Park. Nestled on the Lake Benalla Foreshore, this splash park offers a refreshing escape for families looking to beat the heat and create lasting memories together.

Benalla Splash Park, Mair St, Benalla

84. Warburton Water World, Warburton

This is a newly built water play area on the grounds of the former swimming pool. It has water jets, a drenching bucket, a water slide and more. The water is turned on between 10am and 7pm during the warmer months.
At the same site there is also a playground with a long enclosed curly slide, and a public toilet block.

Warburton Water World, 20 Woods Point Rd, Warburton

Best melbourne beaches for free water play

Some particularly shallow kid-friendly local beaches are Altona Beach, Frankston Waterfront Beach, Ricketts Point rockpoolPoint Gellibrand rockpools in Williamstown and Victory Park Chelsea.

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

For more free things to do in Melbourne with kids

Melbourne’s best beaches for families

Where to go in a Melbourne heatwave


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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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